Boonen training, still experiencing range-of-motion issues

Aiming for Oman return, Tom Boonen logged 1,000 kilometers in six days, but cannot grip the drops

Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) has resumed heavy training, but continues to struggle with range-of-motion limitations two weeks after he underwent surgery to stem an infection in his elbow.

“I am quite happy about the training I’ve been doing,” Boonen said in a team press release. “I put together something like 1,000 kilometers of training in six days, with a day of rest in between. We only had to skip two hours of training due to the rain. For the rest, we always trained with good weather, and that was important. The arm still hurts a bit, because I can’t stretch it completely following the surgery. But OK, it just means I can’t completely stretch my arm, or completely grab the handlebar in the bottom part. I can’t stay in a certain position for a long time, but that’s because it’s only been two and a half weeks since my surgery.”

Boonen plans a return at the Tour of Oman later this month.

“I need more time to recover,” he said. “My condition is improving, even if it is not at the point I am expecting at this time of year. I have to deal with it, and do my best to be fit for the next races. Now, we go to Oman where I hope to find good weather there, and be able to do another block of work that is important prior to the classics.”

The 2012 winner of the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix suffered an injury in a mountain bike crash in January. An infection led him to undergo surgery, forcing him to miss a planned start at the Tour of Qatar.