Laurens De Plus expects to join Quick-Step Floors at winter training camp
Nov 23 2017 08:26 pm CET

Laurens De Plus expects to join Quick-Step Floors at winter training camp
Laurens De Plus expects to join Quick-Step Floors at winter training camp
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Quick-Step Floors' Laurens De Plus has already returned to training on the road and expects to join the team at its the December camp.

The 22 year old rider fell over the guardrail in a curve during Il Lombardia, in a horrific crash that resulted in a fracture of the right knee. "The first three weeks were difficult, I had a lot of pain and had to rest a lot, but after that, it suddenly improved dramatically," said the rider to Belgian broadcaster Sporza.

"I think the body of a top athlete and a young healthy person simply recovers faster. I can already climb a bit, so everything will be fine."

Physically, De Plus is recovering sooner than expected and he doesn't think he will have any psychological problems because of this scary crash. "Scared? Not at all. I'm trying to let it go," he commented. "I think that if you keep thinking about it, it will affect your entire career. I've also trained in groups a few times now without problems.

"Training and competition are something completely different. It may be difficult for me the first race day, but I don't expect any problems. I certainly want to come back to Il Lombardia because it is a course that suits me. I showed it this year too, I only made a stupid mistake in the final."

Fellow countryman Jan Bakelants crashed at the exact same spot, but the aftermath was worse and the rider had seven broken ribs and fractures in four vertebrae. "I have regular contact with him," affirmed De Plus. "His situation keeps me occupied and I often think about him.

"But everything is going well with him and that makes me happy. Jan has a completely different kind of injuries and he is a bit older, so that might make it a bit more difficult in his head."
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