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Wout Van Aert Has Surgery After Bad Crash; Could Miss Giro D'Italia – News18


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Last Updated: March 29, 2024, 00:01 IST

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Belgian cyclist Wout van Aert has undergone surgery after suffering multiple fractures in a crash which has put his Giro d’Italia entry in doubt, his team said on Thursday.

BRUSSELS: Belgian cyclist Wout van Aert has undergone surgery after suffering multiple fractures in a crash which has put his Giro dโ€™Italia entry in doubt, his team said on Thursday.

Van Aert crashed at high speed on Wednesday during the Dwars door Vlaanderen race. He suffered a broken sternum, broken collarbone and broken ribs.

The accident ruled him out of Sundayโ€™s Tour of Flanders classic, one of his main goals this season, and he will remain sidelined for weeks.

โ€œItโ€™s unclear when Wout will be able to get back on his bike,โ€ the Visma-Lease a Bike team said. โ€œHe will, therefore, miss the spring classics. His participation in the Giro dโ€™Italia in May is still uncertain.โ€

Van Aert is widely considered one of the worldโ€™s best and most versatile riders. The three-time cyclocross world champion is also the winner of 10 stages and the points classification at the Tour de France. Heโ€™s also won major races such as the Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianchi, Gent-Wevelgem and Amstel Gold Race.

With the Giro in doubt, Van Aert might decide to focus instead on the Tour de France before the Paris Olympics.

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