Evenepoel had already announced last Wednesday that he is experiencing a setback in his rehabilitation and that he needs more time to get completely fit for the new season. The Belgian talent suffered a heavy fall in the Tour of Lombardy in August, which resulted in a pelvic fracture and a bruise on his right lung.
“Apparently the bone growth has not happened as fast as everyone thought,” said Lefevere. “He was in pain, but didn’t say so. He thought it was part of the rehabilitation. ”
Lefevere says that they are not taking any risks with the team. “We hoped that he would cycle again from tomorrow. He will probably stay off the bike for another three weeks. Then we arrive on February 8, exactly three months before the start of the Giro d’Italia. ”
Evenepoel had already said that he has made the Tour of Italy and the Olympic Games his main goal. “I am not behind schedule, there is no panic,” he said last week.
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