After sustaining serious injuries in a high-speed crash at Liège-Bastogne-Liége where he was one of the main favourites, Julian Alaphilippe has seen his season possibly turned upside down as he will be out of competition for an undetermined period of time.
In a press, release, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team have reported the following: "As previously reported, Julian sustained two broken ribs, a broken scapula and a hemo pneumothorax. The complexity of his condition means that a period of further observation will be required before a recovery pathway will be decided. He will remain in the hospital in Herentals for the time being," the team shared.
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Alaphilippe wasn't the only Quick-Step rider involved in the crash, as Ilan van Wilder also saw himself involved. Despite not having injuries as severe as the World champion, he sees big changes to his plans.
"Ilan underwent an operation to correct the damage sustained to his jaw... The doctors where happy with how the procedure went and he has returned home for a period of recuperation," the report said. However, the bad news for the young Belgian were confirmed as his participation at the Giro is no longer possible: "Unfortunately, the nature of the injury and procedure means that he will be unable to take part in the forthcoming Giro d’Italia."