“Standing still is going backwards”: Wout van Aert records first activity on Strava, Giro still a serious option | Sport

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Light at the end of the tunnel for Wout van Aert. The leader of Visma-Lease a Bike was able to record an activity on Strava for the first time since his heavy fall in Dwars door Vlaanderen. ‘WVA’ went for a walk of almost four kilometers in Herentals. The healing of his fractures is going well and the Giro is therefore still a serious option.

Wout van Aert is fully recovering from his collarbone procedure. This morning he even went for a walk about four kilometers in Herentals.

Van Aert has been back home since Saturday and, given the circumstances, he is doing well. According to our information, the main pain has subsided from his broken ribs, collarbone and sternum. He still experiences the most inconvenience from the burns and abrasions after scraping over the asphalt at 80 km/h in Dwars door Vlaanderen.

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Despite his medical bulletin to tell you, rehabilitation could start sooner than expected. According to our information, the Tour of Italy (May 4-May 26) is still a serious option. A requirement is that the fractures continue to heal properly, the rehabilitation proceeds quickly and he can complete a minimum of training. In his original program, Van Aert would take a short rest after Paris-Roubaix and/or the Amstel Gold Race and work towards the Giro without an altitude training camp.
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Wout van Aert at his fall in Dwars voor Vlaanderen. © vrt

Suppose he rides the Giro effectively, it will not be the very best Van Aert who will be at the start in Turin. That doesn’t have to be an obstacle. Van Aert has experience with growing in a Grand Tour. Due to appendicitis, he did not have an ideal preparation for the 2021 Tour. In that first Tour week he had to pass against Van der Poel and co, but halfway through the Tour he came through and won three more stages, including the stage to the Mont Ventoux. The same ‘growth scenario’ is also intended for the Giro.

Participating in the 2024 Tour is not in Van Aert’s mind. After all, he has planned an altitude training camp in July to prepare for the Olympic Games in Paris. One does not want to deviate from that preparation.

Jasper Stuyven (Lidl-Trek) also still hopes and aims for the Giro after his broken collarbone in the same Dwars door Vlaanderen.

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