Wout van Aert took another cautious step in his rehabilitation on Sunday. The Belgian cyclist has trained in the open air for the first time since his serious crash in the Tour de France.
The 24-year-old rider from Jumbo-Visma took it easy on Sunday. On cycling app Strava you can see that in the morning the Belgian finished a short ride of 7.49 kilometers in 16 minutes.
Van Aert cannot yet make his official return. The expectation is that the Belgian time trial champion will only come into action again next year, after he sustained a deep flesh wound in his thigh during a fall in the Tour.
Initially it was expected that he would be able to return to the course two months after the fall, but his recovery was delayed because the first operation was not performed properly.
In the second operation, tendons and muscles are attached to his thigh. A month ago Van Aert could only take a few steps with crutches. "If I work hard for it, I will return to my normal level," he said at the time.
Van Aert caused a stir in the Tour by winning the tenth stage in a mass sprint. He also seemed on the way to a strong result in the time trial, but he crashed into a crush barrier, after which he crashed hard.
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