Ben Swift has posted on social media the after-effects of his training crash in Tenerife which resulted in a ruptured spleen.
However, the Yorkshireman posted good news that he was being discharged from hospital as well as a few pictures on his Instagram account.
"It’s been one long week in hospital but I have made really good progress and I have finally been discharged and will be on my way home tomorrow," Swift wrote.
"Big thank you to everyone that showed concern and gave me well wishes, reading it all helped pass the time. Looking forward to recovering and getting back with the @teamsky boys"
Despite the superficial injuries of the facial wounds and road rash, further scans revealed he had ruptured his spleen.
This led to doctors operating on Swift last Wednesday to reduce the risk of further bleeding.
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He was set to line up at Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne this weekend, which is now not possible.
But Swift still hopes to ride Milan-San Remo in March, a race that he has finished on the podium twice in his career, third in the 2014 and second in 2016, which was his final year before leaving Team Sky for UAE Team Emirates.
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Paul Knott is a fitness and features writer, who has also presented Cycling Weekly videos as well as contributing to the print magazine as well as online articles. In 2020 he published his first book, The Official Tour de France Road Cycling Training Guide (Welbeck), a guide designed to help readers improve their cycling performance via cherrypicking from the strategies adopted by the pros.
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