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In 2011, was Bart De Clercq still stage winner in the Tour of Italy, later he becomes the first rider in the peloton with an artificial hip

Cycling more than one year after the fall that to him, his hip took, Bart De Clercq (32) becoming ready for his return in the peloton. With a prosthesis, that i

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In 2011, was Bart De Clercq still stage winner in the Tour of Italy, later he becomes the first rider in the peloton with an artificial hip
Cycling more than one year after the fall that to him, his hip took, Bart De Clercq (32) becoming ready for his return in the peloton. With a prosthesis, that is. No rider that the stage winner in the Giro of 2011 that has ever occurred. “It's not like I have the next silly slipper in chunks on the ground.”

Flashback to January last year. Bart De Clercq, who came as a fresh addition to Wanty-Groupe Gobert unhappy at the fall in training in the Flemish Ardennes. The East-flanders landed it hard on his side with a fracture of the femoral head as a result. Surgery and months of rehabilitation would follow, a period that is not particularly about roses ran. In any action that De Clercq made, put the pain in the joint again head on. Moisture was removed and even was even a kind of gel injected to the affected hip to save. The circulation of the joint was by the heavy fall, is no longer optimal. Moreover, it was also the cartilage around the hip has completely disappeared.

“The heavy months. I could not five steps without limping," says De Clercq over that period. “Because the cartilage was gone, I felt the joint and the bone on bone movement.” For every other man would be there at that time already had a hip replacement to only have come, but not for De Clercq. “We first wanted all options open, but ultimately there was still nothing else than for an artificial hip.”

The old, torn hip was replaced with a ceramic prosthesis was in place. It marked the end of an annus horibilis in which De Clercq a minute for Wanty-Groupe Gobert in competition would occur.

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