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Chapman wins stage 1 of Sun Tour, Froome denies Italian story: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

January 31, 2018

Breakthrough win for Brodie Chapman on Stage 1 of Women’s Herald Sun Tour; Froome denies Italian media reports suggesting ‘plea bargain’ agreement; Haussler sidelined again due to collarbone fracture; Days after partial all-clear, De Plus now diagnosed with pelvic fracture; Powers confirms Aspire Racing team is stopping and that he is considering retirement; Valverde on Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana: ‘We’ll really go for it’; Kittel on ‘best Tour performance yet’ and green jersey chances; Brajkovic signs for Adria Mobil Cycling, returning to his former team; Devastating figures show that Australian kids’ fitness is at an all-time low; Video: Close encounters of the kangaroo kind; Video: Skuji?s shows off Trek-Segafredo’s training and race kits

Days after partial all-clear, De Plus now diagnosed with pelvic fracture

by Shane Stokes

Although the QuickStep Floors team initially understood and reported that Laurens De Plus had not incurred any fractures as a result of the crash involving himself and Petr Vakoc last week, the squad has now revised that statement on the basis of new medical advice.

The duo were training in South Africa when they were struck by a truck. Bob Jungels was also with them but escaped injury. Shortly after the crash QuickStep Floors said that Vakoc had fractured several vertebrae – something which has led to an operation – and that De Plus had multiple abrasions plus a minor pulmonary and kidney contusion.

On Tuesday the team said that the 22-year-old Belgian would now have to postpone his season debut as a result of new information. “Yesterday, January 29th, Laurens De Plus underwent further tests at the Mediclinic hospital in Nelspruit, where he was admitted after he and Quick-Step Floors teammate Petr Vako? were both clipped by a truck during their training camp in South Africa, last week,” it said.

“The exams revealed a non-displaced fracture to the acetabulum on the right side of his pelvis and a microfracture to his sacrum. De Plus will have to undergo conservative therapy and he will need at least three weeks of recovery before resuming training.”

On Sunday Jungels issued an emotional video speaking about the crash and appealing for extra care on the roads.

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