Cyclist Remco Evenepoel will not train on the bike for the next three weeks. This reported team manager Patrick Lefevere of Deceuninck – Quick-Step on the Flemish Radio 1.
Evenepoel had already announced last Wednesday that he is experiencing a setback in his rehabilitation and needs more time to get fully fit for the new season. The Belgian talent fell heavily in the Tour of Lombardy in August, where he suffered, among other things, a pelvic fracture and a bruise on his right lung.
“ Apparently, the growth of the bone did not go as fast as everyone thought,” said Lefevere. “He was in pain, but he didnt say so. He thought it was part of the rehabilitation.”
Lefevere says they dont take any risks on the team. “We hoped he would ride again from tomorrow. Probably stays off the bike for another three weeks. Then we will arrive on 8 February, exactly three months before the start of the Giro dItalia.”
Evenepoel had already said that he made the Tour of Italy and the Olympic Games his main goal. “Im not behind schedule, theres no panic,” he said last week.