Following a crash on Paris-Nice’s opening stage, Team Sunweb’s Martijn Tusveld sustained a broken jaw which required surgery. Upon returning home to the Netherlands, Martijn has undergone weekly assessments at the hospital in Utrecht (UMCU) to monitor his progress.
Team Sunweb physician Camiel Aldershof updates on his recovery: “Martijn is doing really well. Things are all going according to schedule and each week we are seeing improvements which is great. We expect that he will be able to train outside within two weeks if things continue to well, but with the severity of his injuries the Giro d’Italia is unfortunately too soon.”
Martijn said: “I’m actually feeling good at the moment and have been able to do a few rides on the trainer indoors. It’s already been just over four weeks since the accident and the initial prognosis was six weeks off the bike, so hopefully I can get back on the bike outside soon if all continues to go well. Missing the Giro d’Italia is a real disappointment to me as it was my main season goal. I would have really liked to be there to support the team but at this stage it’s simply not possible. Now I’ll set some new goals for later in the season and focus on them instead.”
Team Sunweb will announce Martijn’s replacer in due course, alongside the rest of their Giro d’Italia line-up.