Wout van Aert says Tour de France crash 'could have been the end of my career'

The Belgian says his initial operation in France was flawed, which has delayed his recovery

Wout van Aert at the Tour de France 2019 (David Stockman/AFP/Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) has revealed the heavy crash he suffered during the 2019 Tour de France stage 13 time trial, with organisers forced to cover him with roadside banners while waiting for medical assistance, could have ended his career at the age of just 24.

In the time trial, the young Belgian was speeding towards the finish line, battling his compatriot Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) for the provisional stage lead before clipping a barrier in the final two kilometres, suffering a heavy cut to his leg.

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Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

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