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by Mark Zalewski
November 16, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Thomas Dekker publishes book recounting Rabobank doping culture; Fewer tests by French anti-doping agency due to budget shortfalls; Ralph Denk: Bora–Hansgrohe more than team Sagan; Greg Van Avermaet has successful surgery; Degenkolb on leaving Giant-Alpecin; LottoNL-Jumbo adds to 2017 roster; Canyon Bicycles – Shimano team goes UCI Continental for 2017; Giant posts lower global sales; Floating bicycle path proposal for Chicago River; Track World Cup Apeldoorn highlights; Greg Lemond documentary; Revolution Champions League.
Greg Van Avermaet underwent successful surgery to secure a small, non-displaced, distal left fibula fracture he suffered during a mountain bike ride last week.
Greg Van Avermaet with camel pictured during Tour of Qatar.
“Greg underwent surgery on his left ankle following an accident while riding his mountain bike. A small plate and a few screws were used to stabilize the fracture and the surgery, which was performed by Dr. Tim Leenders of the AZ Monica hospital in Antwerp, went very well. Greg stayed overnight in hospital but will be discharged this morning wearing a walking boot,” team doctor Max Testa said.
“It was my first training ride after a few weeks off,” Van Avermaet said.
“I went into a corner, maybe a bit too fast and there was water on the ground and I didn’t want to go straight into that, so I put my foot down, and this is what caused the fracture.
“I feel fine. Of course it’s better to not have an injury like this but I cannot change it, and it’s better now than in January. I now have some extra weeks to recover before getting back on the bike in around four weeks, and then I’ll still have a big block of training before the season starts so it should be fine.”