Greg Van Avermaet will today undergo surgery to secure a small, non-displaced, distal left fibula fracture, that he sustained two days ago while training on his mountain bike.
The surgery will be performed by Dr. Tim Leenders, in Antwerp. Surgery was decided, in agreement with the BMC Racing Team medical staff, in order to speed up the recovery time and allow Van Avermaet to resume training in three to four weeks.
BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Max Testa said he expects Van Avermaet to make a full recovery.
“Injuries are unfortunately part of a cyclist’s career, something that Greg understands well having already bounced back successfully from injury this year. Following surgery Greg’s training program will be readjusted according to his progress over the next two to three weeks, and in agreement with Dr. Leenders,” Dr. Testa explained.
“I am confident that this injury will not interfere with Greg’s objectives for the 2017 season.”
Van Avermaet enjoyed a very successful 2016 season. In addition to his Olympic Road Race win, the 31 year-old also won the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, and was first overall in Tirreno-Adriatico.
In the Tour of Flanders, however, he broke his collarbone, and he had to change his schedule. He returned from that injury to win a stage of the Tour de France where he also wore the yellow jersey for three days.