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by Mark Zalewski
December 17, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Hidden motor inventor Varjas claims technological fraud still possible despite UCI checks; BMC Racing Team president Ochowicz ‘very confident’ in Porte’s Tour de France chances; Cookson urges Brailsford to reveal contents of medical package; Five questions for Dave Brailsford; Moreno Hofland on his new team; Edward Theuns calls the 2017 season ‘A rehabilitation year’; Aqua Blue Sport names roster for inaugural race; Androni-Giocattoli gets ProContinental license from UCI, no word on TJ Sport; Video shows Britain’s transport secretary dooring cyclist; Stölting Service Group team folds; NFTO closes after no replacement sponsor found; Japanese cyclocross racer forced to leave Belgium; Top Irish track rider Caroline Ryan retires; UCI Cyclcross World Championships teaser.
A gust of wind sent Trek-Segafredo’s Edward Theuns hard to the ground on the stage 14 time trial at the Tour de France, resulting in a fractured vertebra. He spent the rest of the 2016 season recovering from the injury, but is set to return to racing next year. However, the 25-year-old is realistic about his season goals as he continues to recover, both physically and mentally.
Edward Theuns (Trek Segafredo) was one of many riders to hit the tarmac on stage 11. Photo: Cor Vos
“I dare not make any predictions because of an injury like this recovery takes time,” he said during the team’s training camp.
“2017 is a bit of a rehabilitation year. I still have some hurdles in my head to overcome.
“It seems to me a good idea to get started early so I can get used again to ride in the peloton. That way I can relearn how to squeeze in a bunch sprint.”
Theuns said that while his fitness level today is better than it ever has been at this time of the year, his injury still gives him pain and that his back will never feel the same as it did before the crash.
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