Team Saxo Bank’s classic captain Nick Nuyens today received the sad news that due to his first stage crash in Paris-Nice he now has to rest for at least two weeks before being able to resume training.
Tuesday morning Nick Nuyens saw a specialist in Belgium, and the examination, unfortunately, showed a small fracture on the right hip.
This forces the Belgian rider to rest for 14 days, before a new x-ray examination will determine if he is ready to start training again.
This also means it is highly unlikely he will be able to ride this year’s Tour of Flanders on April 1st. Last year Nick Nuyens took a superb win in the greatest classic of the spring and was eagerly looking forward to defend his victory.
“This is an enormous blow to me personally and to the team, and I’m of course very sad right now. I really felt I was on schedule to peak again in Tour of Flanders, and I was looking very much forward to defend my victory. But now I know this is not going to happen. Crashes do happen in cycling, that’s just the way it is, and I have to accept that, but this crash couldn’t come at a worse time,” Nick Nuyens says.
Nick Nuyens crashed in Sunday’s first stage of Paris-Nice and was examined at a local hospital shortly after the stage finish. This revealed no fractures, and Nick Nuyens therefore tried to make the start at stage two. But the pain quickly forced the Belgian to withdraw.
“We all feel very sorry for Nick today, as we all knew how much he was looking forward to coming back to the Tour of Flanders and defending last year’s great win. And this is also very sad news for the whole team. We were really looking forward to supporting him in the coming weeks, and Nick showed great signs that his peak form was right in front of him. Now we just wish him a speedy recovery, and I’m sure he will return strong and eager to make his mark in other races,” team owner Bjarne Riis says.