“He spent a lot of time climbing and descending in Mallorca" - Jonas Vingegaard's recovery all going to plan says coach

Will Jonas Vingegaard make it to the Grand Depart of the 2024 Tour de France in Florence? It's one of the biggest questions in the cycling world at the moment as the Dane recovers from a horrific crash at the Itzulia Basque Country.

According to the Team Visma | Lease a Bike leader's coach, Tim Heemskerk, the recovery is all going to plan for Vingegaard. “He spent a lot of time climbing and descending in Mallorca," the trainer explains in conversation with the Danish news outlet, BT. "He really picked up speed again for the first time, but it was mainly about the good climate and enjoying it with his family in addition to the training sessions."

During his spell in Mallorca a talking point for Vingegaard was when the two-time, back-to-back Maillot Jaune winner at the Tour de France was spotted with a new tattoo. Whilst the 27-year-old's fellow Itzulia Basque Country crash victims, Remco Evenepoel and Primoz Roglic will return at the upcoming Criterium du Dauphine, Vingegaard himself will instead head to Tignes for another training camp.

“My hope is that he can train with the rest of the team when, after the Dauphiné, coming to Tignes for the training camp in the run-up to the Tour de France," Heemskerk says of Vingegaard's recovery plan in the coming weeks. "Hopefully he can be a full part of that team."

Whether or not Vingegaard will be able to keep his hopes of a Tour de France hat trick alive though, remains to be seen with Heemskerk unable to provide any clarity on the situation. “We haven't made a choice yet," he explains, refusing to divulge any details about Team Visma | Lease a Bike's plans for the 2024 Tour de France later this summer. "The most important thing for Jonas is today and tomorrow.”

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