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by Mark Zalewski
March 30, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kristoff wins second stage of De Panne, Gilbert extends lead; Avila wins a second stage at Tour de Taiwan; Better than ever at Spring Classics, Durbridge sets his eyes on Flanders and Roubaix; Hall closes in on Allegaert as the Indian Pacific Wheel Race approaches its final 1,000km; Keukeleire out of De Panne with Achilles injury; 15 riders, including stage winner Gilbert, fined for riding sidewalks at De Panne opener; Gamesmanship between Quick-Step Floors and Sagan heading into Flanders; Van Avermaet confident heading into Flanders; Bouhanni extends with Cofidis for two years; Gaviria leaves Classics to focus on Giro; Team Sunweb gives injury updates; Bernard Hinault inducted into Giro hall of fame; Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever,” episode 1: Palomar; Cross is not coming (yet).
The Sunweb squad was hit early and hard with injuries this season, with three from the men’s squad and one from the women’s side off the bike for some of the spring races. Warren Barguil developed an ankle injury at Paris-Nice, Lennard Hofstede crashed out during Nokere Koerse, Molly Weaver was involved in a crash while training in Girona and a crash at Strade Bianche left Wilco Kelderman with a broken finger.
“Warren’s recovery has gone really well and he is now successfully training again. I am pleased with his progress and can now give him the all clear to continue racing,” said team doctor Anko Boelens.
The team said Barguil will start Pais Vasco next week. Hofstede sustained a grade 1 A-C luxation to his shoulder from his crash, while Kelderman had to have surgery for his fractured finger.
“Lennard is doing very well. He can now ride for two hours pain free which is great,” said Boelens. “We expect to see him back in action soon. Wilco is healing up quite nicely. The metal pin was removed from his finger on Monday. Now he can return to normal training and will receive treatment from a hand therapist to optimise functionality of the finger.”
Molly Weaver sustained multiple injuries from a crash while training, resulting in the need to wear a brace. “Molly is doing very well. She no longer needs to wear the brace and she is doing physiotherapy for her core stability. At the moment she is ready to ride indoors on the rollers and even short rides outdoors are possible from now on.”