On June 29, Jumbo-Visma’s rider Wout van Aert, our very own second “eternal second”, cleared all speculations about him joining the Tour de France. Everyone was curious about the mysterious “knee pain” the rider complained about, which made him miss the Belgian National Championships. The 27-year-old announced on Tuesday that he is back on his bike and is feeling better than ever.
The Belgian added to the matter, saying:
Back on the bike since Saturday, after four days of forced rest, I started with short and double sessions but yesterday I could do a longer endurance ride without pain
Van Aert did not take part in the Belgian National Championship, held last week, and opted to not defend his title due to “Irritation” in his knee as a result of a minor handlebar injury sustained while training for Tour de France, but, we believe that it did not fit his schedule well, which is why the knee pain arose. Or maybe he really did hit the handlebar.
😢 🇧🇪 ❌ https://t.co/mSYoud8O0g
— Wout van Aert (@WoutvanAert) June 23, 2022
His recovery from the injury is incredible indeed because it allowed him just enough time to rest and be back in form for the Grand Tour. In his own words:
It looks like I slowed down on the right moment, the irritation on top of my kneecap disappeared and I can pedal again with full force.
While Wout van Aert is targeting the green point classification jersey, he remains fully dedicated to supporting his team too in what will be the rider’s 4th Tour de France. He will be seen along with his teammates Jonas Vingegaard and Primož Roglič, who will be the team leaders as the Tour begins on Friday, in Copenhagen.
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