Wout van Aert and Jasper Stuyven have to undergo surgery to treat their injuries: "Maybe tomorrow morning we can have a coffee together on our sick bed"

Not only Wout van Aert, but also Jasper Stuyven suffered a broken collarbone from the terrible crash in Dwars Door Vlaanderen. The Lidl-Trek rider tells his story to HLN for the first time from the ambulance.

"F*ck, I saw it happening in front of me, but I couldn't move. Wout tapped the rear wheel of a teammate, was thrown off balance and collided with my teammate Alex Kirsch. The two fell and since I was just behind Kirsch, there was no way to dodge. I went over my bike with my head and took a serious tumble ending up on my left shoulder."

Stuyven immediately felt for his collarbone. "Although I have never broken a collarbone before, I immediately knew it was broken. It is immediately a big break, because both the doctors at the Ronse hospital and Dr. Claes say that an operation is unavoidable."

"It is a shame that I was not able to show my top condition in the two biggest races of this spring. Roubaix was certainly noted. I was also set back by bad luck on Sunday in Gent-Wevelgem. So I was only able to show my form somewhat in Harelbeke with a second place."

"Although we were in the same hospital, I never saw Wout again. Well, his family. He will first be operated on tonight in Herentals, immediately after him it will be my turn. Maybe tomorrow morning we can have a coffee together on our sick bed..."

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