Boonen diagnosed with rib fracture

Belgian champion down with lower rib fracture, Devenyns out after surgery to repair broken arm

Doctors have diagnosed Tom Boonen with a rib fracture following his crash in Sunday’s Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders), his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team confirmed on Thursday.

“Tom Boonen was diagnosed with a fracture to the 10th rib of the left hemitorax, in addition to the injuries already known after his unfortunate crash at the Ronde on Sunday,” the team said in a statement. “He felt pain in the area since Tuesday and this morning X-rays at Herentals underlined a fracture.”

Boonen abandoned De Ronde after his early crash and withdrew from this Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix. He entered 2013 the defending champion in both races.

The team did not provide a timeline for his return to competition, but a fracture to the second-lowest rib should not keep Boonen out of training for long.

Boonen’s teammate Dries Devenyns underwent surgery to repair a “complicated fracture” to his left radial bone at the same hospital in Herentals on Wednesday. Devenyns suffered the injury in a crash during stage 1 of the Vuelta al País Vasco on Monday. According to the team, Devenyns will wear a cast for three weeks before undergoing evaluation by the team’s medical staff. The injury will keep him out of the Ardennes classics this month.

“I would like to thank the hospital and medical staff for their professionalism,” said Devenyns. “Unfortunately, the fracture was complicated and I have to wear a cast for a few weeks. It’s really a shame; I was in good condition and ready for the Ardenne classics. There’s nothing I can do now, only recover and try to be ready as soon as possible.”