Kevin van Impe of Team Quick Step had surgery on his right knee last week, to have a cyst removed. He has already resumed training.
Van Impe, 27, told sportwereld that he injured the knee in the middle of last summer when he rode into an open car door in Spain. "Since then I have always ridden with pain."
He did not expect to lose any time due to the surgery, expecting to be out on the road again by the end of this week. He already started training on the roller Monday.
"I hope that 2009 will at least be a year without incident," he concluded. "It's about time." (SW)