Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 1, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Teuns wins stage 3 of the Tour of Poland, Sagan retakes lead; Barbero wins Circuito de Getxo ‘Memorial Ricardo Otxoa’; Jungels extends until 2020 with QuickStep Floors; Girdlestone celebrates ‘miraculous recovery,’ reaches important milestone; Legal action launched following fire at Rio 2016 Olympic velodrome; Vuelta stage 17 summit finish to include gradients of 28%; Broken bones, healing hands: fixing the pro peloton in Herentals; Participant dies in 2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey sportif; Video: In the Team car with Katusha-Alpecin

Broken bones, healing hands: fixing the pro peloton in Herentals

by VeloClub

Toon Claes is famous in Belgium and elsewhere as one of the best surgeons in cycling, treating many of the big names in the sport. Rouleur magazine went to visit him and his sons, who also work in the business. It’s a fascinating insight into an important part of the sport.

Here’s an excerpt.

Ten years ago, he broke his collarbone on a ride up the road from Herentals on a Tuesday and had it pinned.

On the Saturday, he climbed the Ventoux. Not once, not twice, not thrice. Nine times in one day. That’s five days after breaking the collarbone. “The clavicle was the least of my worries,” he says now. “Everything was hurting.” For good measure, he did it ten times in one day the following year. Oh, and he was in his early fifties at the time.

His name is Claes, Toon Claes, and he’s an orthopaedic surgeon. The orthopaedic surgeon. In Flemish, Toon rhymes with bone. He is the reason why, every time a pro breaks a bone, the press release states they are undergoing treatment at Herentals – Boonen, Van Avermaet, Alberts, Van der Poel, Van Aert… It’s difficult, near impossible, to find a Belgian rider who hasn’t been to the orthopaedics department at Herentals.

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