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Ensure Campenaerts: werelduurrecordpoging compromised?

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Victor Campenaerts is struggling with a knee injury and should be tentative of the bike remain. The rider of Lotto-Soudal resumed his training on 30 October, a few days later and struck his knee on his handlebars. “A typical injury for cx”, he explains. “But I was not immediately sure. A rider has more again, I put ice on it and a remedial plaster, but that injury healed not, and finally I had to even on stage with the COIB (mid-november) the training will stop.”

The recovery of the inflammation of the patellar tendon is taking more time-consuming than anticipated. Now behelpt of the rider on stage with swimming, stabilisation and rehabilitation exercises. “My days are well filled”, he indicates. “I do in the morning for breakfast with the team the stabilization exercises, then leave it on training with the bike and I do my session in the pool. I can assure you: a swim training is also very intense. Furthermore, I do specific exercises in function of the time trial and rehabilitation exercises with the physiotherapist. Of course, it is a pity that I not with my team mates can ride a bike and as a rider, stayed you prefer on your bike, and you helped more with that bicycle training, but it is what it is. I can’t change and I don’t want to take the risk. Prefer rest I now long enough to injury of the job.”

Because Campenaerts want to, of course, on stage to Namibia. In principle, he leaves on the 2nd of January until the beginning of march. “But I leave not as I have not fully recovered. So preferably I get around Christmas is good news to hear and I can definitely a week of training on the bike, before I leave. That should be also. I am not restored, I leave later.”

Or he is worried about his attack on the world hour record. “I want to first stress that this attempt is still not for the full one hundred percent fixed. With that internship in Namibia I was already busy in August, just before the start of the Vuelta I put those plans for the team. Which stage do I do at high altitude, for two months, because I stand to gain will be the whole season. In itself it has nothing to do with the record, but of course it would be a very good preparation. Normally, I will act in competition in the Tirreno Adriatico in early march.”

In april follows as possible the attack on the world hour record. “But if my preparations are not going as planned, as I was later to Namibia for departure, that’s at stake. It is too early for now to say. The attack on the world hour record, possibly a month delay, is not so simple. I am in the first place, however, a road cycling championships, no pistier that months with that attack can deal. In my development as a rider, I also have games necessary, large races, a stage race such as the Giro in may. There are some beautiful time-trials and which course do I need to become stronger, with the following goal: the Olympics in Tokyo 2020. Now I want to so in the first place, especially to heal, and then on to Namibia to attract and hopefully it follows then that the attack on the world hour record, but not at the expense of everything.”

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