Wout Van Aert describes pain of Tour de France injury ahead of racing return

The Belgian will return to cyclocross racing later this month

Wout van Aert on stage 13 of the Tour de France 2019 (Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images)

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Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), just three weeks before he races again, has described the intense pain of the Tour de France injury that he says felt as though he was "burning alive".

The Belgian three-time cyclocross world champion will return to race in the Loenhout Azencross on December 27 as he prepares for the upcoming road season. He won Tour de France stage 10 in Albi but has not raced since crashing in the stage 13 time trial, five months ago.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.