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by Shane Stokes
January 31, 2018
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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.