Benoot ninth in Tour of Flanders
Jens Keukeleire finished twelfth.
Tiesj Benoot has been further examined today after his crash in Paris-Roubaix yesterday. Although the consequences could have been much worse, the rider is seriously injured.
Team doctor Maarten Meirhaeghe: “The scan showed that Tiesj has a fracture at the end of his collarbone. He won’t need an operation. Besides the bruises, the cuts and the abrasions, he has a large torn muscle in his upper leg. The first couple of weeks, he will need to rest, obviously. In case the wound heals well, he could restart training on the rollers.”
Tiesj Benoot: “After a flat tyre, a bike change and my first crash, I was chasing with Wout Van Aert. At a road narrowing, a team car had to stop and dodge abruptly, causing me to crash into its back window. I have never felt so much pain before in my hip and upper leg. If I am being optimistic, it’s better to have this kind of injury now than in the Omloop, but of course it is a bummer. I hope to be able to train on the rollers again in a few weeks, to not let the rest of my season be in jeopardy.”