In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Avermaet sprints Gilbert to win Flanders warm-up in Harelbeke; Valverde wins Catalunya queen stage, takes lead; Skujinš wins Coppi e Bartali stage, takes over lead; Multiple crashes in E3 Harelbeke; Owain Doull says current Sky riders should not be rolled into doping controversy; Patrick Lefevere ‘Founder of Gent-Wevelgem turning in his grave’; Sean Kelly on how to reform cycling; Women’s E3 Harelbeke in 2018?; Two SEG Racing Academy riders sidelined with injuries; Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic will run in 2017; Irish company turns to crowdfunding to broadcast domestic events; Video: Dr. Mitch Anderson’s 12hr World Record.
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The SEG Racing Academy development team is having a rough spring with two riders sidelined due to medical issues. Cees Bol suffered a concussion during training, while Peter Lenderink underwent surgery for a vasoconstriction in his groin.
“Together with our medical team, Peter decided to undergo surgery in order to recover the full ability to ride his bike at a high level,” the team said. “At this point, we know there is a long way to go, but we will help him get back as soon as possible. Peter will miss some of the races he had already marked in his calendar. Nevertheless, with an eye in the future, this is clearly the best step to take.”
Both riders joined from the Rabobank development squad. Lenderink finished third at the junior world championships in 2014 and Bol won the Olympia’s Tour last year.
“Cees Bol suffered an unfortunate incident at home. A knock on his head resulted in a severe concussion. We are being extra careful with Cees, monitoring him day by day to see when it will be appropriate for him to get back on the bike. This is obviously a big blow for the winner of Olympia’s Tour, who had ambitious goals for this spring.”