End of season for Cappelle

Andy Cappelle of Landbouwkrediet was one of the Kemmelberg's victims in Gent-Wevelgem. He fell in one of the mass crashes and broke his elbow. But the bruises and pain around his right hip just didn't go away, and further examinations have now shown that his right hipbone is broken in three places.

According to Sportwereld, Cappelle now faces eight weeks of absolute rest, moving as little as possible, to be followed by a long rehabilitation. He is not expected to return to racing in 2007.

"I can't do anything, except read and watch television," he said. "It's too bad, because I felt very strong. I had the feeling that I could do something in a big race. This would have been my season and it would have been good financially, too.

"But I know I can count on a lot of support," he concluded. "The telephone hasn't stopped ringing, and that's a big help."

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