Recovering Boonen given green light to return to Belgium, must rest for several weeks

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Days after saying that he may have to stay in Abu Dhabi for up to two weeks as a result of the fractured skull he sustained last week, Tom Boonen has received good news on what is his 35th birthday.

His Etixx – Quick-Step team has announced that his recovery is ahead of schedule, at least as regards being able to head back to Belgium.

He underwent a CT scan on Thursday morning and the results of that were positive.

“Tom’s situation is evolving as we expected,” explained Team Doctor Yvan Vanmol. “Once he gets back to Belgium, Tom will have to observe a few weeks of rest, after which we can begin to plan for the 2016 season.”

Boonen finished second on stage one of the race but his bid for success on day two derailed when he was involved in a big crash. The accident happened when Theo Bos (MTN-Qhubeka) fell after debris became lodged in his wheel. Boonen tried to avoid him but collided with Bos, hitting the ground head first and being rendered briefly unconscious.

Doctors in Abu Dhabi had initially said he may have to rest for up to six months due to the fracture of his left temporal bone. This would make impossible his aim of contending for Classic victories next spring.

He stated that he hoped his time away from cycling would be just one month, an estimate which Vanmol seems to indicate is more likely.

His partner Lore joined him on Tuesday. The duo plan to remain in Abu Dhabi for several more days prior to flying back to Europe.

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