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by Shane Stokes
October 10, 2017
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Catapulted over a barrier and into a ravine during Saturday’s Il Lombardia, Lauren de Plus’ escape from serious injury means that he will be able to resume training relatively soon. The QuickStep Floors rider was one of several who fell on the descent of the Muro di Sormano, falling into a ravine and causing immediate concern to all watching.
The 22-year-old Belgian was helped by race doctors and then transported to hospital in Cantù. After 24 hours he was transported to Herentals in Belgium, where a small avulsion fracture of the lateral part of the tibial plateau on the right knee was diagnosed.
“I was afraid that my knee was severely damaged, but fortunately it isn’t that bad,” he said on Monday, giving an update as to his condition. “The doctors even told me that I’ve been really lucky with the outcome as it could have been much worse. My thoughts are also with the other riders who’ve crashed there, I wish them all the best.
“It’s not the best way to end the season, but I’m looking on the positive side, which is that we’re in the off season now and I have time to recover before joining the team for the December training camp.” Accoriding to the team, he will use crutches for the next two weeks and then have four weeks of relative rest.
De Plus’ relative luck in the crash is highlighted by the injuries suffered by Jan Bakelants, who also fell into the ravine. He fractured two vertebrae plus seven ribs.