Kévin Van Melsen is out for a few weeks with a scapula fracture. The Walloon Wanty-Gobert rider crashed heavily last Saturday during the fourth stage of the Ruta del Sol (2.HC, 20-24/02). The first examinations after his crash in the hospital of Granada (Spain) revealed no fractures. After continuing pain, Van Melsen let carry out further tests in Belgium with Dr. Claes in the AZ Herentals. He diagnosed a scapula fracture. Van Melsen is out for a few weeks. His return to competition is estimated at the beginning of April.
Kévin Van Melsen:
"I crashed heavily in a descent at a speed of more than 80 km/h. I had pain in my finger, but also in the back. The additional tests confirmed my unavailability. Surgery is not possible because there is no displacement. I will have to rest in the hope that my situation will quickly improve. "
"It is annoying that I might miss all the classics, but I have to rest in order to fully heal. I hope to get back on the rollers in the middle of the week, and then to be back in the saddle within two or three weeks. In early April I hope to resume competition, but I have to be careful not to force my scapula. I really hope to be fully fit for Paris-Roubaix, a classic that I want to start in the best condition. "