Wout van Aert expects Tour of Norway to be 'a hard race for my current shape'

Wout van Aert before the race that changed his 2024 season
Wout van Aert before the race that changed his 2024 season (Image credit: Getty Images)

Wout van Aert returns to competition for Visma-Lease a Bike on Thursday at the Tour of Norway. It has been eight weeks since his crash Dwars door Vlaanderen, in which he broke his collarbone, sternum and seven ribs.

The Belgian was eager to test his physical recovery and mental strength at the four-day UCI ProSeries stage race, May 23-26, having missed his favourite Spring Classics as well as his Giro d’Italia debut.

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Jackie Tyson
North American Production editor

Jackie has been involved in professional sports for more than 30 years in news reporting, sports marketing and public relations. She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling. She also founded Bike Alpharetta Inc, a Georgia non-profit to promote safe cycling. She is proud to have worked in professional baseball for six years - from selling advertising to pulling the tarp for several minor league teams. She has climbed l'Alpe d'Huez three times (not fast). Her favorite road and gravel rides are around horse farms in north Georgia (USA) and around lavender fields in Provence (France), and some mtb rides in Park City, Utah (USA).