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Boonen may need surgery on saddle sore

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August 16, 2013, 09:13,
August 16, 2013, 10:44
Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, August 16, 2013
Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) played his hand in the early breakaway

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) played his hand in the early breakaway

  • Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) played his hand in the early breakaway
  • Belgian Champion Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)
  • Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma QuickStep)

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Team told him to stay off the bike until healthy again

Tom Boonen continues to suffer from the saddle sore which forced him to miss the Eneco Tour, and while it is improving, it may still require surgery. His Omega Pharma-Quick Step team is working hard to get the former World Champion back on the bike, but only when he is healthy.

Boonen was unable to ride the Eneco Tour due to the saddle sore. His whole 2013 season has been marked by injuries and illnesses.

“There is noticeable improvement,” Omega Pharma-QuickStep sports director Wilfried Peeters  optimistically told the Gazet van Antwerpen.

"We have instructed him to stay off the bike as long as possible. He has not done more than an hour."

“Next week there is a scheduled appointment with the doctor and then we'll know more. This is really a serious case and it can go either way. We just hope that no surgery is involved.”

That makes it difficult to predict when Boonen may race again. His 2013 season could be over.

"Healing is the priority and only when it is so far, can we make statements about his program," Peeters said.

Boonen has only one win this season, a stage at the Tour de Wallonie at the end of July. In comparison, he had 12 wins in 2012, including Gent-Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

During the winter he was hospitalized for intestinal problems and then an infected wound on his elbow. Crashes in the spring caused further problems, and he suffered from the flu earlier this summer.

bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
Peeters has been looking at Boonen's taint.
wallymann More than 1 year ago
Tornado Tom's new nickname: Lucky!
GreaseMonster More than 1 year ago
Poor dude, hope he heals up fast.
bbbici More than 1 year ago
This guy must be paying back the devil for early career success. and put this one in the "ewww" category.
Greg Khan More than 1 year ago
That must be one hell of a saddle sore ..OUCH
oldcrank More than 1 year ago
Another example of the importance of having a doctor with the cycling-specific knowledge and experience of treating and preventing saddle sores.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
Are you suggesting this multi million dollar team does not have such a doctor? Do you believe that a Belgian cycling hero from a cycling nation, surrounded by decades of knowledge and experience does not know what to do? Do you believe there is a way to prevent saddle sores? If you can learn that way, you will quickly be a millionaire. Because so far, the best riders in the world, who are paid millions each to ride a bicycle, are stopped in their tracks for these pesky sores.
oldcrank More than 1 year ago
Down , Bruce, down boy. I was stating the value of doctors with cycling-specific knowledge, I was not implying that OP-QS did not have such a doctor. But it is worth noting when Team SKY pointed out the value of a doctor 'from a cycling nation with decades of knowledge and experience' they were ruthlessly mocked by the twitter-sphere.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
Roy G. Biv More than 1 year ago
The only cure for severe recurring saddle sores is retirement.
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
We should all feel glad our own respective bottoms are not coming up for so much scrutiny, on and off the web!
hfer07 More than 1 year ago
either he didn't pay the necessary attention to this issue and kept riding while enduring the discomfort, or it has to do with equipment related/new bike fitting gone wrong. I Honestly have not heard a case that serious in recent years like Boonen's. Hope he gets well & fit for the next year,s campaign for the Spring classics glory
pete23 More than 1 year ago
didn't basso have to have surgery for his saddle sores, isn't that why he missed the giro?