Wout Poels is now in his second season at Team Sky after a brief stint at QuickStep and several years with Vacansoleil.

Following on from two stage wins and second overall at the 2015 Tour of Britain, the 28-year-old started 2016 by winning the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana by a comfortable 46 seconds.

In a support capacity Poels more than proved his worth and became an invaluable lieutenant to Chris Froome, as the British rider went on to take his second GC win at the 2015 Tour de France.

The domestique really came to prominence when Geraint Thomas‘s powers faded, his “Ikea nail” day, and Poels stayed in the front group with Froome.

Speaking here, Poels talks about a particularly bad crash he was involved in at the Tour when still riding for Vacansoleil.

The incident left him hospitalised for two and a half weeks, but as he says he’s back now and he’s suitably pleased about it.

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