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Nuyens doubtful for Worlds

The most painful way to end a bike race

The most painful way to end a bike race (Image credit: Luc Claessen)

The crash that took Nick Nuyens out of the Eneco Tour while he was wearing the leader's jersey may have ended his season, including any chance of riding in the World Championships, where he was to be one of the Belgian team captains. He will decide next week as to whether he will try to race again this year or not.

"I rode an hour today, but it did not go well," he told the Belgian website Sporza. The crash in the Eneco Tour left him with a crack in his right elbow and back pains. "They said it would heal within six weeks, but of course I don't have that much time, if I want to ride in the Worlds." Nuyens has ridden at home on the roller but admitted "that is not ideal."

"Some days I have hopes, because it seems to be going better," he was cautiously optimistic, but also noted that he was going to have his back scanned.

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