'I'm one centimetre shorter after Il Lombardia crash': Jan Bakelants' unexpected side-effects from broken back

Ag2r La Mondiale rider back training, but struggling in old riding position

Jan Bakelants on stage 18 of the Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Three months after breaking his back in a horrific crash at Il Lombardia, Jan Bakelants has revealed that he has lost a centimetre in height due to his injuries

Ag2r La Mondiale rider Bakelants was one of three riders to crash over a guard-rail on a tricky corner on the descent from the Muro di Sormano at the race in mid-October.

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