Tom Boonen may face six months out of action following Abu Dhabi crash

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 on stage 1 of the 2015 Abu Dhabi Tour (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

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.

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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.