Willems abandoned the fourth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico last week with knee pain.
According to the team, the Belgian suffers from a “pre-patellar friction syndrome,” or problem with the bursa on the kneecap. When riding, there is a friction will causes an irritation and inflammation, and therefore pain.
He will not be allowed to ride for three weeks after the surgery, and it is hoped that he can start racing again within two months.
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