Due to knee injuries acquired at the Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, Stijn Devolder of Quick Step has bowed out of the Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday. There is also a likely chance that he will not be riding at the Amstel Gold Race as well.
Devolder shares that he could hardly walk on Sunday evening. His physical state did not improve on Monday. “My left leg is swollen from top to bottom. There is also blood in the joint. I must have done something serious. My right knee is also swollen. But compared to the other one, it is peanuts,” said Devolder.
Still, Devolder rode for a one-hour training ride to test his knees and legs. The result was disappointing. “Every bump in the road gave a sharp, shooting pain,” said the 30-year-old cyclist.
The team’s doctor ordered Devolder to rest and this led to his pull out from the Brabantse Pijl. Devolder had hopes of racing on April 18 for the Amstel Gold Race but it seems highly unlikely. “I hope I can resume training after one to three days. I don’t reckon on riding Amstel Gold Race,” said Devolder.
However, the Belgian plans to be able and ready to ride on April 25 at the Liège-Bastogne-Liège.