A little over six months since his life-threatening crash at the Vuelta a Espana, Kris Boeckmans will make his racing comeback at the UCI 1.1 Handzame Classic in Belgium this Friday.
The 29 year-old Lotto-Soudal rider crashed on the eighth stage of the race last year and was subsequently placed in an induced coma. He required eight hours of facial surgery on a broken nose and jawbone, as well as treatment for concussion, three broken ribs and bleeding in his lungs.
Boeckmans later revealed that he almost died on six different occasions in the days following the accident, such were the extent of his injuries. He was later transferred back to a hospital in Belgium.
The team confirmed the news with the following post on their website:
“After a rehabilitation process of several months Kris Boeckmans will get back in competition this Friday. At the Handzame Classic the Belgian rider will make his comeback after his life-threatening crash in the Vuelta six and a half months ago.”