The Belgian made the announcement on social media, explaining why he would be walking instead of running at a weekend charity event.“Just literally out of the race. I’m recovering from appendicitis, so unfortunately no Wings For Life World Run for me, ”said Van Aert. “In view of the preparations for the Tour and the Games. ”
The Wings For Life Global Run raises funds for spinal cord injury research, a charity supported by Van Aert.
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Van Aert has not explained whether he needs surgery to treat his appendicitis or if he expects it to disrupt his preparations ahead of key races ahead in his season.
Appendicitis can take as little as a few weeks to recover, while if open surgery is needed to remove the appendix, strenuous physical activity may need to be avoided for up to a month and a half, according to public health agencies. .
Just literally out of the race. I’m recovering from appendicitis so no @wflworldrun for me unfortunately. Expect preparations for the Tour and the Games. 💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/NcyXlHwsQHMay 8, 2021
If there is a perfect time to have appendicitis, it would probably be Wout van Aert’s. The Jumbo-Visma rider capped a successful spring campaign with a victory at the Amstel Gold Race three weeks ago, after also winning Gent-Wevelgem and being on the podium in Milan – San Remo. The 26-year-old is not scheduled to race again before the Critérium du Dauphiné on May 30.
The French stage race will provide preparatory kilometers ahead of the Tour de France, where Van Aert will once again be one of Primož Roglič’s main domestics in the battle for the yellow jersey, while the Belgian will likely have his chance in the sprints as well. .
After that, Van Aert will target the individual time trial of the Tokyo Olympics alongside Deceuninck – Remco Evenepoel from Quick-Step for Belgium.