De Waele injured in massive Tour of Belgium crash
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Saturday, May 29, 2010

De Waele injured in massive Tour of Belgium crash

by Jered Gruber at 1:05 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Tour of Belgium
 
Will miss national championships

Bert De WaeleLandbouwkrediet's Bert De Waele has had an excellent season so far punctuated by a near miss of the podium in April's Amstel Gold Race. The almost 35-year-old rider saw his season derailed, however, in a massive pile-up in the finale of Friday's third stage of the Tour of Belgium.

Landbouwkrediet public relations correspondent, Ivan Elegeert relayed the unfortunate news: "Research in the clinic in Mechelen revealed that Bert De Waele has suffered a fracture of his left knee."

"The left leg of De Waele was immediately put in plaster from foot to thigh. Next week, on Friday, his leg will be checked to see whether the cast can be removed, so his rehabilitation can begin. Better safe than sorry, as he will be out of competition for at least five weeks."

The crash will unfortunately put paid to any chances De Waele would have had at the upcoming National Championships. Following his excellent Spring Campaign, he had justifiably high hopes for a race that would suit him very well.

"At best, he will be able to take part in the Belgium Championships in Leuven. His dream of becoming national champion will have to wait for next year. In addition to the fracture, Bert has also suffered a sprained ankle a a deep cut to his right knee."

Landbouwkrediet had two other riders in the crash as well, but they made out a lot better than De Waele: "David Boucher got a pedal in the ribs and Geert Verheyen walked away with abrasions on his right thigh. Both wil start tomorrow in Herzele."

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