Wout van Aert is focusing on returning to fitness for the Tour de France and Olympic Games after being struck down by appendicitis.
The Belgian is on a planned break in his schedule following an extremely busy spring that saw him win Amstel Gold, Gent-Wevelgem and finish third in Milan-San Remo.
His next scheduled appearance was supposed to be at the Criterium du Dauphine at the end of May, but there is no word on whether the Jumbo-Visma star will be on the start line on account of his setback.
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It has not been confirmed what were the severity of Van Aert’s appendicitis symptoms, but strenuous activities are not recommended for anyone who has undergone surgery for at least a month.
Van Aert tweeted that he is “recovering from appendicitis” and “looking ahead to preparation for the Tour and the Games.”
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The Tour de France gets underway on June 26, running for three weeks until July 18.
For those also targeting Olympic glory, it is a rapid turnaround with the road race taking place in Japan on July 24.
Jumbo-Visma will have Van Aert on a tailored fitness programme, as he is of huge importance to their Tour plans.
As well as being a potential stage winner - he won two stages in 2020 - his power means he is a super-domestique for team leader Primoz Roglic.
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