Lappartient open to lifetime bans for motor use; Trek learns to breathe from a diver: Daily News Digest

by Caley Fretz

February 8, 2018


In today’s Daily News Digest: Laurens De Plus blogs about getting hit by a truck in South Africa; UCI President David Lappartient is open to lifetime bans for motor use; Trek-Segafredo’s diver-inspired breathing techniques; Birthday boy Elia Viviani takes Dubai Tour’s second stage; CyclingTips Podcast: A two-year bike review and distracted riding rants; an in-depth review of Cannondale’s newest Synapse Hi-MOD; Trek adds new paint options to Project One custom program; Jesse Anthony breaks humerus in Dubai crash; Video: Aqua Blue introduces the new boys; Video: Larry Warbasse’s unique 3T race bike; Video: Skids and skills on a cyclocross bike

Laurens De Plus blogs about his crash in South Africa

by Caley Fretz

In a personal blog, Laurens De Plus recounts the terrifying day in January when he and Quick-Step Floors teammate Petr Vakoc were hit by a truck in South Africa, while Bob Jungels escaped unscathed. De Plus is recovering from lung and liver injuries while Vakoc was left with broken vertebrae.

“Bob bought us all a necklace and bracelet with the African symbol of unity. It means a lot to me, to all of us. Just looking at it and having it on gives a big boost. I think if we ever race together in the future we can go much deeper than anybody else. We will do great races together. We will forever have a special relationship together and will remember this until the rest of our days.

“The next weeks, I will try to recover by enjoying some time with the family at home and then I will look forward to restarting training when my body is healed. I will have to walk with crutches over the next period to limit the pressure on my pelvis but I will mostly stay in bed or in the couch to give my pelvis the best possible recovery. I am ending up becoming a quite good FIFA player but I cannot wait to get back to training and to racing again.”

Read the blog post.

Today’s feature image comes from Kristof Ramon and was shot in Lombardia.