Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 17, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chloe Hosking jumps up to top step of podium in hilly stage 3 of Santos Women’s Tour; Tour Down Under GC battle looms at Paracombe: ‘One of the hardest stages the TDU has seen’; Fractured clavicle ends Toon Aerts’ season; Riders react to Italian World Cup course; Wout van Aert shifts focus to world championship questionable for Hoogerheide; Fight for Giro d’Italia wildcard invite to be fierce; Pinarello responds to claims of intellectual property infringement; Vanmarcke reveals spring Classics programme; Devriendt has knee surgery; Video: 2017 Cylance Pro Cycling; The Road Less Traveled – Why do you ride gravel?; Steven Ceballos Urbano de Manizales jump.

Fractured clavicle ends Toon Aerts’ season

by CyclingTips

After crashing into a tree during the Telenet UCI World Cup race in Fiuggi, Italy, Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions) flew home to Belgium where CT scans diagnosed a fractured clavicle for the European champion, thus ending his cyclocross season only two weeks before the UCI Cyclocross World Championships.

“The scans showed he suffered a fracture of the clavicle and a complex fracture in the head of the scapula,” a team statement said. “For the break in the clavicle an operation is not required, in the other case the fracture is too complex to operate. Only rest will allow for healing.

“Because of this his cyclocross season is over. He must give his shoulder complete rest for the next three weeks. Thereafter, a new medical check-up will show whether he can start his rehabilitation. Either way everything will be devoted to preparing for the next cyclocross season.”

After the Saturday course inspection many riders had commented that the course had many dangerous aspects, including sections in the forest where the practical line did not make for a wide enough course.

“That was indeed a dangerous place in the survey I had already thought that heavy falls would occur,” race winner Wout van Aert told Sporza. “So it was perhaps a mistake to provide no protection there.”