Wout Van Aert also suffers a bruised lung after his fall during Across Flanders

According to Merijn Zeeman, technical director of Visma-Lease a Bike, a contusion to a lung was added to the heavy toll of Wout Van Aert, already the victim of a broken collarbone and several rib fractures after his fall during a ‘Through Flanders.

“Wout also has a bruised lung. A scan will take place in a few weeks. We will then know what it really is. This makes it difficult to breathe. Such a thing recovers over time but it is obvious that he is in pain,” declared his technical director at a press conference on Friday.

The 29-year-old Belgian, however, wasted no time in starting his rehabilitation. “He’s already walking a little. We had contact this (Friday) morning. I’m surprised at how quickly he’s recovering. When I see how that terrible burn on his back is healing, you see that they are very special athletes,” added Zeeman. Finally some good news for the hornets, not spared from falls and illnesses in recent weeks.

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