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After his crash in Il Lombardia saturday October 7th

Jan Bakelants underwent an operation on his L3 lumbar vertebra on Friday, October 13th at the University Hospital of UZ Gasthuisberg in Louvain (Belgium). The operation, carried out by Professor Bart Depreitere, was a success. He left the intensive care unit on Monday, October 16th. 

He will be able to return to his home at the end of this week in order to continue his convalescence and recovery. However, it is much too early to begin discussing the date on which he can resume his sports activities. 

Jan is relieved that the operation was a success, and he is ready to begin what will likely be a long rehabilitation. He would like to thank Professor Depreitere and the entire urgent care team for their dedication and care.

Jan Bakelants crashed in Il Lombardia saturday October 7th.  Seven rib fractures, as well as the fractures of two dorsal vertebrae (D8, D10) and two lumbar vertebrae (L1 and L3) were diagnosed. 

The AG2R LA MONDIALE team wishes a speedy recovery to its rider, and hopes that he will be able to return to racing very quickly.