Doctors have advised that Tom Boonen sits out for six months following a skull fracture, but the Belgian believes he will be back on one

Tom Boonen has been advised to sit out for six months following his crash at the Abu Dhabi Tour, in which he fractured a temporal bone, although the Belgian isn’t anticipating being on the sidelines for that long.

The Etixx-Quick Step veteran came down hard on stage two, hitting his head on the tarmac and suffering the injury. As a result, Boonen will have to stay in the UAE for two weeks until the risk of blood clot decreases, allowing him to fly home.

Doctors have said Boone could be out of action for six months, but the Classics specialist believes he will be back on his bike in just one month.

“The doctors speak of six months of doing nothing, for safety. But I believe it is more like a month,” Boonen told Sporza. “That’s about the time that a break needs to recover. They are especially afraid of the trauma, but when I’m back in Belgium, I will be examined thoroughly once more.”

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