Wout Van Aert Forced to Miss Giro d’Italia Due to Injury


Belgian cycling star Wout Van Aert, widely regarded as one of the world’s best riders, will be sidelined for this year’s Giro d’Italia after sustaining multiple fractures in a crash during the Dwars door Vlaanderen race last month.

The incident left Van Aert with a broken collarbone, sternum, and ribs, rendering him unable to train effectively. In a recent video message, he expressed his disappointment at having to withdraw from the Giro, emphasising the need to prioritize his health and allow his body time to recover.

“I’m really disappointed to miss my second big goal of the season, but at this moment I need to prioritise my health and I need to give my body the time to recover,” Van Aert stated.

Despite his setback, Van Aert remains optimistic about his future prospects, aiming for a return to competition in time for this summer’s Paris Olympics. His absence from the Giro will be felt keenly, given his exceptional track record, including victories in races like Milan-San Remo, Strade Bianchi, and Gent-Wevelgem.

Christophe Laporte will step in to replace Van Aert in Visma-Lease a Bike’s Giro team, ensuring the squad remains competitive despite the loss of their star rider.

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