For many riders, getting back on the bike after a big crash is one of the toughest parts of recovery, but Lotto-Soudal‘s Kris Boeckmans insists he’s not afraid of riding again after his accident at the Vuelta a España.
Six months on from the crash, which left him in a coma for several days, Boeckmans is still not quite ready to return to racing, but is stepping up his training to ensure he’s not out for too much longer.
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And Boeckmans insists there is no fear when he’s on the bike now, likening his recovery to winning a Classic.
“There are some mental tests, but I’m not afraid. I’m not afraid when I’m on the bike. I think I will succeed with flying colors. Then we will see when I can mingle again in the peloton,” he told Sporza.
“When I look back on this comeback, I think ‘how did I do this?’ because you would think in advance ‘I will not come through this’, but I did it. I am sometimes surprised by myself, this feels like I’ve won a big classic.
“The key of my return is perhaps a problem that my uncle had his shoulder. The physiotherapist told him: ‘Do not be angry with that shoulder, otherwise it will never heal’. Now I never get angry on my body.”
Boeckmans was enjoying his best season as a pro when he crashed on stage eight of the Vuelta, having won the World Ports Classic, Tour of Picardie and GP Samyn in 2015.