Tom Dumoulin loses key helper as Wilco Kelderman is ruled out of Giro d'Italia
Apr 05 2019 07:49 pm CET

Tom Dumoulin loses key helper as Wilco Kelderman is ruled out of Giro d'Italia
Tom Dumoulin loses key helper as Wilco Kelderman is ruled out of Giro d'Italia
Photo of Wilco Kelderman © Team Sunweb

Team Sunweb's Wilco Kelderman has been ruled out of the Giro d'Italia. The Dutchman crashed at the fifth stage of the Volta a Catalunya and suffered two fractures from which he won't recover on time for the Italian race.

Tom Dumoulin has lost one of the key members of his roster for the Italian grand tour as Kelderman is ruled out of the race. The Dutch rider sustained a neck vertebrae fracture and a broken left collarbone, in which he already underwent surgery last 2nd of April.

"The healing of Wilco’s collarbone is going in the right direction after Tuesday’s surgery where they placed a plate on his collarbone," said Sunweb's physician Anko Boelens. "We now have to await how fast Wilco’s vertebrae fracture heals. On Monday he will have further checks with specialists at the hospital in Utrecht (UMCU).

"If the outcome is positive, then he will need to wear a cast for at least another five weeks, which rules him unfortunately out of Giro d’Italia participation. Further predictions will depend on how the recovery goes, for now, he needs to take it easy and focus on his recovery."

Kelderman is disappointed about missing an important part of the season. "I’m pleased the collarbone surgery went well but my neck is more difficult," he explained. "I have to wear a neck brace for five more weeks which is and will be a big challenge.

"I’m of course really disappointed that I will miss a big part of my season again but for now I have to take it one step at a time. Hopefully, I can be back racing later this year but I don’t want to look too far forward at the moment."




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