Velonews: Boonen Gets Green-light To Return To Training


Jan 3, 2005
<figure ><img title="Cycling: 98th Tour of Italy 2015 / Stage 2" src=""/><p>Tom Boonen is back on the bike after a temporal bone fracture ended his season at the Abu Dhabi Tour in October. Photo: Tim De Waele | <a href="" target="_blank"></a> (File).</p></figure><p>Belgian classics star Tom Boonen is on the mend after a <a href="" target="_blank">serious crash</a> in October at the Abu Dhabi Tour, and on Tuesday, he revealed that he’s back on the bike and on track for a full recovery.</p>
<p>“Things are going well after my crash,” the 35-year-old said. “When I came back home from Abu Dhabi I was tired and in pain, but day by day I began feeling better and now everything is heading into the right direction. It’s a difficult fracture, but it’s healing well, even if I can’t compare it with any of the other fractures I’ve had. Still, I’m happy, because a few days ago I have finally returned to training — very intense ones, around three-hour long — followed by a couple of days of rest, as the doctors recommended me not to rush things. It’s really important to listen to my body and do things right before the new season.”</p>
<p>Speaking at a press conference prior to his Boonen and Friends charity cyclocross event, he would not confirm his race program for 2016. Initially, there were <a href=""target="_blank">concerns</a> that he would not recover in time to ride in his beloved spring classics.</p>
<p>“I can’t wait for the training camp to be underway. I miss the guys, the staff, that great feeling that I have when I’m with the whole team. Denia [Spain] will be perfect to outline my schedule and start focusing on 2016.”</p>
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