Jens Dekker back in the saddle with virtual training just one week after his fall in Maasmechelen.

Jens Dekker, the 25-year-old Dutch cyclist, has returned to training just a week after breaking his radius bone in a crash at the Maasmechelen World Cup. Dekker took to the virtual cycling platform Zwift for a three-hour ride. He posted about his progress on social media, saying, “I started with a test ride yesterday, and now I’m building up again starting with a fairly easy 3 hours. More to come…” During his ride, Dekker covered just over 100 kilometres at an average speed of 33.2 kilometres per hour.

Dekker, who is currently in his comeback season as a cyclocross rider, suffered the injury on October 29th and will be out of action for the next few weeks. He jokingly said, “Time to become the distance champion of November on Zwift.”

In 2016, Dekker won the world championship in the junior category, but he has struggled with health issues since 2017. He returned to racing in September 2023 and has already achieved six podium finishes in the ten UCI cyclocross races he has participated in. Dekker has also won a C2 race and a C1 race in Spain.