Gianni Vermeersch joined Mathieu van der Poel at Tour de France altitude camp after successful recovery

Gianni Vermeersch's elbow fracture will not further jeopardize his preparation for the Tour de France, Alpecin-Deceuninck let their fans know via their social media.

After his crash in the gravel race around Antwerp, Vermeersch was prescribed a week of 'relative' rest. An advantage was that he could continue training on the rollers. For that week of rest, Vermeersch traveled to an altitude chamber in Ledegem.

On Saturday, the Alpecin-Deceuninck rider was given the green light to train outside again during a check-up with the doctor. "As a result, Gianni will join the rest of the riders in the pre-selection for the Tour de France today in La Plagne," said the Belgian team.

Gianni Vermeersch has never ridden the Grande Boucle. The 31-year-old rider did complete the Giro d'Italia in 2021 and the Vuelta a Espana in 2022. Mathieu van der Poel's important teammate at the Classics had a great spring with 6th place at Paris-Roubaix, while his leader went on to win the race in dominant fashion.

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