By Susan Westemeyer
It was a bad weekend for Klass Vantornout. Shortly after starting out training Saturday morning, he was hit by a car. "The driver pulled out of a parking place and didn't see me. I made a somersault and landed on my right shoulder," he told Sportwereld.be. Nothing was broken, but it was still painful.
He decided to ride the World Cup Cyclo-cross race in Liévin anyway, even though he "experienced a very bad night." He ended up dropping out early, as in addition to the shoulder pain he started having pain in his ribs and difficulty breathing.
However, there was more pain to come. He dropped from third in the UCI rankings to sixth, which "makes a difference financially."