Cape Town - Quick-Step rider, Belgium's Laurens De Plus, will postpone his season debut following a horror crash while training in Nelspruit.
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De Plus, 22, along with team-mates, Czech Petr Vakoc and Luxembourg's Bob Jungels, were on an altitude training camp in Mpumalanga last Thursday when De Plus and Vakoc were clipped by a truck.
Vakoc, 25, was worst affected and sustained multiple injuries, including breaking several vertebrae. He underwent emergency surgery and will remain in the Mediclinic Nelspruit for 10 days before traveling back to Europe.
Jungels was unharmed in the accident.
Quick-Step offered an update on their website regarding the health of De Plus, who was originally diagnosed with pulmonary and kidney contusions.
"Laurens De Plus underwent further tests at the Mediclinic
hospital in Nelspruit, where he was admitted after he and Quick-Step
Floors team-mate Petr Vakoc were both clipped by a truck during their
training camp in South Africa, last week.
"The exams revealed a non-displaced fracture to the acetabulum on the
right side of his pelvis and a microfracture to his sacrum. De Plus -
who will fly home tomorrow evening - will have to undergo conservative
therapy and he will need at least three weeks of recovery before
resuming training," the statement confirmed.