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Lotto Belisol: Tosh Van der Sande recovers from a broken collarbone

Sunday Tosh Van der Sande crashed early in the final stage of the Tour de Picardie, he broke his left collarbone. The day after he had surgery in Herentals. Because of this injury he couldn’t participate in the Glava Tour. Van der Sande had set his mind on this stage race in Norway. The 22-yearold rider hopes to make his comeback in the peloton within three weeks.

Tosh Van der Sande: “Last Sunday it was very nervous in the beginning of the race, some teams wanted to make echelons. I was in the middle of the bunch. Because the peloton started swinging I was riding towards a central reservation with a post on. Thanks to steersmanship I could avoid the post. But then a rider bumped into me and I made a forward roll at a high speed.”

“Monday I had surgery of my collarbone, seven pins and a small plate were placed. Immediately after the operation I could already move my arm pretty well, the doctors were amazed. I can also lean on it. This week I still have to take it slow and on Monday I’ll try to ride on the rolls. I have to make sure I don’t sweat too much, because I still have stitches and otherwise that might infect. Wednesday the stitches will probably be removed. Then I will start the build-up and I hope to get back in competition within now and three weeks.”

“Of course it’s a pity that I can’t ride the Tour of Norway, I could take my chance there and I had worked towards it. Last year I set good results there, so that’s a disappointment. A fracture can always happen to you, but this is definitely the wrong moment.”

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