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by Mark Zalewski
January 14, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI amends WorldTour rules for teams, events; Callum Skinner: ‘TUEs distracting from issue of doping’; Kiwi Dion Smith replaces Westra on Wanty Groupe-Gobert; Contador on retirement: ‘race to race and year to year to decide my future’; Many top Dutch riders skipping Amstel Gold Race; Boeckmans honoured at Vuelta presentation; Mathieu van der Poel to miss Sunday’s World Cup; Tickets flying out the door for Cyclocross Worlds; Study finds ‘weekend warriors’ have similar mortality risk as more frequent exercisers; Video: Axeon Hagens Berman team camp; Video: Lossless TV.
Kris Boeckmans, who suffered a horrible crash at the 2015 Vuelta a Espana, was welcomed by race organisers to the presentation of the 2017 course on Thursday.
“A fighter, a winner, a hero,” the organization said on Facebook. “One of the best moments of the gala yesterday was when Kris Boeckmans came on stage.”
Boeckmans was involved in a big crash on stage 8 of the 2015 edition, in a big bunch crash that saw Dan Martin and Tejay van Garderen also abandon. However, the Lotto-Soudal rider was the hardest hit, with doctors placing him in a coma to deal with multiple injuries, including internal bleeding. He later had extensive facial surgery due to the crash that left him unable to speak for two weeks.
Fortunately, he was able to return to racing in March of last year at the Handzame Classic in Belgium.
Boeckmans began his pro career with Topsport Vlaanderen – Mercator in 2010 and has a contract with Lotto-Soudal through 2017.