Following on from his crash at Il Lombardia at the weekend, Quick Step Floors have provided an update on the condition of Laurens de Plus. The 22 year-old will be out of action for the next month as he recovers from a fracture. De Plus crashed into a ravine on the Muro di Sormano while chasing lone leader Mikael Cherel, some 45 kilometres from the finish.

The Belgian was immediately attended to by the race doctors and taken to the Cantù hospital, where he was kept under observation for 24 hours before traveling to Herentals for further medical examinations.

According to the statement from the team, the examinations revealed “a small avulsion fracture of the lateral part of the tibial plateau on the right knee.”

“I was afraid that my knee was severely damaged, but fortunately it isn’t that bad,” said De Plus. “The doctors even told me that I’ve been really lucky with the outcome, as it could have been much worse. My thoughts are also with the other riders who’ve crashed there, I wish them all the best.

“It’s not the best way to end the season, but I’m looking on the positive side, which is that we’re in the off season now and I have time to recover before joining the team for the December training camp”, concluded De Plus, who’ll have to walk with crutches for the next two weeks, before observing four weeks of relative rest.

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