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Two injured for Lotto-Belisol

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Thumbs up for Greg Henderson (Lotto-Belisol) in the second stage at Tour of Oman

Thumbs up for Greg Henderson (Lotto-Belisol) in the second stage at Tour of Oman
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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A tired Bart De Clercq after crossing the line

A tired Bart De Clercq after crossing the line
(Image credit: Sirotti)
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Greg Henderson (Lotto Belisol) tries to stay warm before the sign on at Gent-Wevelgem

Greg Henderson (Lotto Belisol) tries to stay warm before the sign on at Gent-Wevelgem
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Tosh van der Sande models the new Lotto-Belisol clothing for 2014

Tosh van der Sande models the new Lotto-Belisol clothing for 2014
(Image credit: Lotto-Belisol)

Having had surgery on his knee to treat prepatellar friction syndrome, Greg Henderson will miss the Tour Down Under for the first time since 2008. Henderson’s injury is a common affliction for cyclists who fold and stretch the knee with every pedal stroke.

The treatments and the rest he took in the past weeks didn’t have the desired result and Henderson will now miss the start of the season including his national championships. Henderson is yet to comment on when he will return to racing.

Teammate Bart De Clercq has undergone a CT-scan which showed a rib fracture. De Clercq had hurt himself during the teambuilding camp last week on Tuesday and x-rays taken on Friday showed no visible signs of injury.

When at the beginning of this week he got sharp pain, extra tests followed and the diagnosis was a rib fracture. Over the coming days, De Clercq will be off the bike, resuming training when the pain subsides.