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Gerben Thijssen starts with a swollen ankle in stage 3: “I have no idea how to wear my racing shoes” |  Vuelta

Gerben Thijssen starts with a swollen ankle in stage 3: “I have no idea how to wear my racing shoes” | Vuelta

Gerben Thijssen explains the story of his misfortune: “Someone from Cofidis let himself down, but doubted whether he would choose left or right. Boy Van Poppel had to hit the brakes, and the brakes hit and fell.”

Torn pants, cuts on the legs and buttocks, this is the verdict of Gerben Thijssen at first sight. However, he is also worried about his ankle.

“Abrasions? They don’t really matter to me. I’m used to the pain. My ankle hurts more than anything else. We’ll do more tests for that.”

“We’ll wait until tomorrow to decide whether to start over. If I’m able to drive, I’ll drive anyway. I’m not just going to give it up.”

After a night’s sleep and further investigation, it turned out that Gerben Tejsen’s ankle was not broken or cracked. “So he got the green light from the team to start stage three,” Intermarche and Ante Joubert tweeted.

“I couldn’t walk at all yesterday and we went to the hospital in Amsterdam. Then we took an ultrasound and it didn’t show any fractures. I didn’t have a good eye for that. But today it’s a lot better. I’m glad I’m still here,” Thijssen said before starting stage three. “.

“I have no idea yet how I’m going to wear my racing shoes,” Thijsen laughs. “Hopefully a quiet start and then we’ll see. Expecting the fans, I’ll do everything I can to get to the end. The day after the fall I’m usually in good shape mentally. We’ll see.”

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“Primarily, we disinfected and rinsed the wounds. In addition, Thijssen had a sore ankle, with an unsightly wound. Fortunately, nothing appeared to be broken,” says sports doctor Ruben De Gendt, who provided primary care after arrival. .

“There are also some tendons in that place. It’s just a nagging injury that we should look at more tonight.”

“We won’t decide on further engagement until tomorrow morning, because you have to assess how the night was.”

In the meantime, it was decided that Thijssen would start in Phase 3.