Ag2r rider shares photo of the metal screws and pins that he's had in his back for the last six months

Jan Bakelants can enjoy being a few ounces lighter after having metalwork removed

Jan Bakelants and the screws he's had in his back for the past six months

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

One of three riders to crash badly on a tricky corner at Il Lombardia last October, Ag2r La Mondiale's Jan Bakelants is now free of some of the metalwork that has been helping his four broken vertebrae to heal over the last six months.

Bakelants crashed over the barriers on the descent from the Muro di Sormano last year, going down in a similar manner to the spectacular crash of Laurens De Plus that was captured by the television cameras.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.