Jonas Vingegaard present on the Tour de France? His trainer gives some answers

Jonas Vingegaard present on the Tour de France? His trainer gives some answers
Jonas Vingegaard present on the Tour de France? His trainer gives some answers

Nearly a month and a half after his terrible fall during the Tour of the Basque Country, Jonas Vingegaard continues his rehabilitation. Recovered from his injuries (pneumothorax, fracture of the clavicle and several ribs), the Dane had also resumed training last Tuesday.

But the road is still long for the double winner of the Grande Boucle. The manager of the Visma team | Lease a Bike Merijn Zeeman warned a few weeks ago that his rider would only start the Tour de France if he was 100%.

After such a serious fall, this is of course not yet the case. “In the hospital, lying down for two weeks, you lose muscle, flexibility”explains his trainer Tim Heemskerk to our colleagues from L’Équipe, “but things are progressing well.”

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No training on climbs yet

Heemskerk confirms Vingegaard has returned to training “really slowly” and that the latter will soon be able to start training thoroughly in preparation for the Grand Départ of the Grande Boucle on June 29 in Florence. So, from next week, the Dane will be able to perform “maybe a normal week” in terms of intensity.

But according to him, nothing has yet been won for participation in the Tour de France: “Not a single person on this Earth can predict where he will be in two weeks. When they saw the video of his cover, people said, ‘He’s going to do it!’ But I work with him every day and even I can’t predict anything.”

Indeed, although he has resumed training, Vingegaard has not yet trained in the mountains since the start of his rehabilitation. But if he succeeds in training without pain and with intensity over a full week, he could go to altitude in Spain. “The next two weeks will be crucial”specifies Heemskerk.

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