Vuelta a Espana

Boonen ‘in incredible pain,’ but hasn’t ruled out a worlds start

Boonen has had a tough season, crashing out of both the Tour and the Vuelta. Photo: Andrew Hood Tom Boonen said he is in “incredible pain” after breaking a bone in his left hand at the Vuelta. His doctors have ruled out surgery, however, and he…

2011 Vuelta a España, stage 14, Tom Boonen
Boonen has had a tough season, crashing out of both the Tour and the Vuelta. Photo: Andrew Hood

Tom Boonen said he is in “incredible pain” after breaking a bone in his left hand at the Vuelta. His doctors have ruled out surgery, however, and he will resume training in three to four days. The Belgian appears not to have ruled out starting the world championships road race Cophenhagen on September 25.

“My hand is still very swollen,” Boonen said in a team statement Tuesday. “I am in incredible pain whenever I try to make any sort of movement, I can’t hold the bike’s handlebar and I can’t make any type of movement normally either. After a few days of rest I will try to pedal on my hometrainer in order to try and keep up with the training program I’ve followed so far.

“I will do everything in my power to try and recover from the injury in the speediest possible way, even though it won’t be easy considering the world championship will be taking place so soon. Next week’s medical tests will be fundamental to understand whether or not I can keep on racing for the rest of the season.”