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DS Frederik Willems about a race he has won himself.
For some Lotto Soudal riders, the season did not start the way they would have wanted it to. Jelle Wallays crashed hard in the Vuelta a San Juan, Rasmus Iversen broke his collarbone during the Challenge Mallorca and Tim Wellens was not able to start the Etoile de Bessèges due to illness. Servaas Bingé - team doctor of Lotto Soudal - gives a medical update.
Servaas Bingé: “Jelle Wallays had some consultations with different specialists. Several dental interventions are still needed but in the meantime, he is riding gently on the rollers again. At the moment, it is too early to evaluate when exactly Jelle will be able to resume racing. But he is very motivated to return as quickly as possible.”
“Rasmus Iversen - who broke his collarbone during the Challenge Mallorca - had a successful surgery and was handed some specific exercises by the team to do at home. I expect that he will get back to training shortly. Only when he has done some outdoor training sessions, we can evaluate when he will return to racing.”
“Tiesj Benoot - who hurt his wrist after a crash in San Juan - had the necessary examinations in Argentina which showed that it is not too bad. Tiesj is currently - together with Jens Keukeleire - at an altitude training camp in the Sierra Nevada where he is able to follow the planned training scheme.”
“Caleb Ewan had his wisdom teeth removed after the races in Australia. It is a rather unpleasant surgery and that is why we decided that it would take place as soon as possible. That way, he can still follow his predetermined racing scheme. Caleb is now back to training at the same intensity levels he would have been at without that surgery.”
“Tim Wellens has fully recovered from the viral infection and has resumed training. Also Harm Vanhoucke - who was forced to abandon the Trofeo Andratx-Lloseta due to an infection - is already training well again.”