Laurens de Plus (Quick-Step Floors) will make his return to racing at Eschborn-Frankfurt on the 1s of May and it will be the 22 year old’s first race since last year’s Il Lombardia.
The Belgian was out of action for a month after crashing at Il Lombardia and suffering a fracture in his right knee. In January, De Plus and his Quick-Step Floors teammate Petr Vakoč were both hit by a truck during a training camp in South Africa.
Tests revealed “a non-displaced fracture to the acetabulum on the right side of his pelvis and a microfracture to his sacrum.”
“I can’t tell you how happy I am to finally come back, it’s been a really long time,” said De Plus. “It will be the first time racing with the Wolfpack on the back of my Quick-Step Floors jersey and I can’t wait to feel the adrenaline and atmosphere in the bunch.
“It will be my debut in Eschborn-Frankfurt and I know it won’t be an easy comeback, but I am always up for a challenge. The last few weeks have done me well, I’ve had a good period of training, most recently in the Vosges, and I am looking forward to do my best for the team and make something out of the next part of the season.”
Tim Declercq, Fernando Gaviria, neo-pro Fabio Jakobsen, Yves Lampaert, Davide Martinelli and Maximiliano Richeze will also be on the Quick-Step Floors roster for the 218.7-kilometre race which includes a total of 3,500 metres of climbing.