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Julian Alaphilippe can return to indoor training as Liège-Bastogne-Liège injuries continue to heal

Doctors have said that the world champion's punctured lung has fully healed and he can now train indoors.

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Julian Alaphilippe can return to training indoors for the first time since his high-speed crash at Liège-Bastogne-Liège last month.

Alaphilippe hit a tree when a crash inside the final 60 kilometers of the monument ricocheted through the peloton and caused him to come down.

The incident left him in hospital with a punctured lung, two broken ribs, and a broken scapula. In an update Thursday, Alaphilippe’s Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl team said that further medical checks had shown that the world champion’s lung had fully healed, and he could train again, but only on his rollers.

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“These examinations have revealed that the pneumothorax that he suffered as a result of the crash three weeks ago has completely healed, meaning that Julian is now able to resume light training on a set of Tacx rollers,” the team update said.

“His condition will continue to be monitored before any further decisions and a program for his return to racing is decided on.”

Last week, Alaphilippe made his first comments since the crash, posting his own update on social media.

In a post on Instagram, he said that he was breathing a lot better and that the pain he felt as a result of his injuries was gradually subsiding.

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