"I am forced to follow them lying on the couch" - One too many crashes for Victor Campenaerts who ends spring campaign with vertebrae fracture

Luck is sometimes not on the side of the brave. Victor Campenaerts has ended his spring campaign yesterday as he crashed out of the Bredene Koksijde Classic with a fractured vertebrae.

The crash came halfway through the race, in a seemingly calm patch of road. Pre-race favourite Tim Merlier was also involved in the crash, but the Lotto Dstny rider was the worst affected. Two days after crashing at the Nokere Koerse, Campenaerts hit the deck and looked in distress. After examination at the hospital, it was confirmed he had broken a lower back vertebrae.

“Of course I am really disappointed to miss the Classics with Lotto Dstny," he said in a press release. "Everybody saw that we started the season really well and I was really eager to continue this good flow in the upcoming Classics. Unfortunately, I am forced to follow them lying on the couch. I am convinced that my teammates will show some really nice things the next weeks, and from home I will be their biggest fan.”

His last win came at last year's Tour of Leuven. He's so far in 2023 been racing a fully one-day race calendar which has seen him in more stressful races. Now injured he's forced to miss out on all the main spring classics. His return to the peloton does not yet have a date.

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