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Wout Van Aert considers legal action against Tour de France over time trial crash

Joe Robinson
24 Sep 2019

Belgian rider aims at racing return towards the end of the cyclocross season

Wout van Aert and his Jumbo-Visma team are considering taking the Tour de France to court to seek compensation for a crash that forced him to abandon the race and end his season. The former cyclocross World Champion left the Tour after a horror crash on Stage 13's individual time trial in Pau on 19th July.

The Belgian rider sustained a deep cut to his right leg after colliding with barriers on a technical bend in the closing stages of the race.

The incident was so severe that Van Aert has only recently been able to start walking again with the 24-year-old targetting a comeback to racing in spring 2020.

Van Aert called the crash potentially 'career ending' before confirming that he would be seeking compensation from the race organiser.

'The severity of the injury is a consequence of the placement of the barriers. My management group is currently studying a claim for financial compensation,' Van Aert told Het Nieuwsblad.

It was also confirmed that Van Aert and his team issued a letter of complaint to Tour organiser, ASO, regarding the barriers used at the end of Stage 13, although no official appeal for compensation is yet to be filed.

Van Aert also spoke on his long recovery from the injury that ended his season.

While he stopped short of putting a concrete timeline onto his return, he did state that he aims to return for the end of the cyclocross season with an ambition to target the Spring Classics.

'As you can see, I can walk quite well. Compared to a few weeks ago, the improvement is remarkable. I feel more like a sportsperson now that I can go to the physio and do some muscle strengthening exercises,' Van Aert told Belgian news agency Belga.

'I’m already swimming and I’ve ridden for an hour on the home trainer. It’s very positive.'