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Poels back in training after collarbone surgery

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Wout Poels on the Paris-Nice podium after winning the stage 4 time trial

Wout Poels on the Paris-Nice podium after winning the stage 4 time trial (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Wout Poels (Team Sky)

Wout Poels (Team Sky) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Wout Poels and Mikel Landa before the start of stage 4 at Ruta del Sol

Wout Poels and Mikel Landa before the start of stage 4 at Ruta del Sol (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)

Only nine days after breaking his collarbone in Paris-Nice, Wout Poels is back on the home trainer and hopes to be back in the Team Sky line-up for Amstel Gold Race in April.

The Dutchman had gone into Paris-Nice as co-leader with Sergio Henao. Poels won the stage 4 individual time trial, which moved him from 17th to second in GC, only 15 seconds behind race leader Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana). Only two stages later, however, he crashed on a high-speed descent, leaving the race with the fractured collarbone, cuts to his left knee and chest trauma.

He flew to England where he underwent surgery, and now has started his training again. "The operation went well and now I'm back on the bike," he tweeted, along with a photo of himself on the trainer indoors.

The 30-year-old is said to be aiming to join the team for altitude training on Tenerife later this month and ride Amstel Gold. Poels had been foreseen as a back-up to Chris Froome in the Giro d’Italia, and had said he would be prepared to serve as team leader should Froome’s salbutamol case lead to a ban.