The Belgian came into the race as one of the red hot favourites having displayed impressive form throughout the spring. However his Tour of Flanders was cut short when he fell hard in a crash involving several teammates and rivals. The race was eventually won by Peter Sagan (Tinkoff).
Van Avermaet was taken to hospital and underwent surgery last night. On Monday morning his team issued an update on his health with the rider stating, "I'm not feeling too bad after the surgery and now I'll take things day by day. I want to thank the entire BMC Racing Team and all of my fans for their support. It means a lot at a time like this.”
BMC Racing’s chief medical officer Dr Max Testa, confirmed that Van Avermaet was now recovering from surgery although the rider is now out of the remainder of the spring Classics.
"Greg underwent surgery on Sunday evening to secure his fractured right collarbone. The surgery, performed by Doctor Tom Claes of at AZ St Elizabeth, was very successful and Greg was out of the operating room at midnight. Greg is recovering well and we will continue to monitor his recovery over the coming days. The most important thing for Greg now is to rest and recover well so that we can have him back on the bike when he is fit to do so."
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