Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Jurgen Roelandts' Injury and Lotto-Belisol

It's hard not to sympathize with Jurgen Roelandts' serious injury resulting from Tour Down Under's Stage 1 crash. Clearly this is not a good start to his season, what with that stage being his first racing day.

© Matthieu Riegler, CC-BYWikimedia Commons
But even more so than Roelandts' well-being, his team Lotto-Belisol may be seriously crippled come the cobbled classics. Last year the team pledged 200% support behind Roelandts in Paris-Roubaix, after the departure of Greg Van Avermaet and Leif Hoste.

Given that the team has pledged renewed Belgian focus - natural given that Lotto is the Belgian national lottery - who do they have left for the cobbled races? Have they lost their first home test on the first day of racing? Are they left to rely on non-Belgians Andre Greipel and Lars Bak (thanks inrng)?

We wish Roelandts the speediest and best recovery so that he can contend in the races as the leader that he has become.

1 comment:

  1. Update: Roelandts' spring season written off due to neurological problem. We wish Roelandts the best possible recovery and we look forward to seeing him in future races!