The Belgian is on a scheduled break in his schedule after an extremely busy spring which saw him win Amstel Gold, Gent-Wevelgem and finish third at Milan-San Remo.
His next scheduled appearance was supposed to take place at the Criterium du Dauphine at the end of May, but it’s unclear whether the Jumbo-Visma star will be on the starting line due to his setback.
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The severity of Van Aert’s symptoms of appendicitis has not been confirmed, but strenuous activity is not recommended for anyone who has had surgery for at least a month.
Van Aert tweeted that he is “recovering from appendicitis” and “getting ready to prepare for the Tour and the Games”.
The Tour de France starts on June 26, for three weeks until July 18.
For those who are also aiming for Olympic glory, it’s a quick turnaround with the road race taking place in Japan on July 24.
Jumbo-Visma will have Van Aert on a bespoke fitness program, as it is of utmost importance to their touring plans.
As well as being a potential stage winner – he won two stages in 2020 – his power makes him a super-domestic for team manager Primoz Roglic.
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