Kris Boeckmans: I was so bad that on a scale of 1 to 10 I've now almost reached zero

In his first interview with reporters since being placed in a coma after his Vuelta a España crash, Kris Boeckmans describes his recovery so far

Kris Boeckmans at the 2015 Vuelta a España (Sunada)
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Kris Boeckmans says he cannot remember anything about the Vuelta a España crash that left him in an induced coma for over a week, but insists he's now well on his way to recovery.

The Lotto-Soudal sprinter went down hard on his face in a 30-rider crash on stage eight of the Vuelta and was placed in a coma at a Murcia hospital. After he was woken up, Boeckmans was transferred to a Belgian hospital where he underwent eight hours of facial surgery that left him unable to speak for two weeks.

But the Belgian was pictured back on his bike at the end of September as he continued his remarkable recovery.

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"On a scale of one to ten I came from so far away that now I am almost at zero," Boeckmans told reporters.

"Physically, I feel like I can handle more and more, but I can not force myself. I can already do five minutes on the bike."

"I sometimes have that dirty feeling like you've been to the dentist. I have no headache, but do feel tired. As soon as I feel a slight pressure on my brain, I stop and I'm have to rest."

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.