Evy Kuijpers is having an excellent first season at CCC-Liv. Unfortunately she has to stop earlier than planned. An MRI scan in the hospital showed that Evy damaged her intervertebral disc in a crash in the final 150 meters of last Saturday’s Prudential RideLondon Classique. Evy, who came second in the sprint classification of this UCI Women’s WorldTour race, was one of the many victims.
“As a cyclist you often fall. Usually our instinct is to continue. But it was different this time. I hesitated for a moment and felt that things were not quite right”, says Evy, who, after consulting the team doctor, had a check-up in the hospital. “The MRI scan proved that the intervertebral disc is damaged, which causes shooting pains. We are now looking at a possible treatment plan. In any case, I will no longer be able to race this season.”
Evy can look back at a successful season. “I was greatly welcomed at CCC-Liv, I quickly felt at home and I found my place there. Even though it was difficult to express expectations in advance, I was able to show myself well on several occasions, including in the races in Drenthe and at the Dutch championship”, says Evy. “With the Prudential RideLondon Classique, I had my first race of the last racing block. It's a shame it ends now.”
Evy also has some good news to report: she has extended her contract with CCC-Liv. In 2020 she will also be part of the orange formation. “I am comfortable at CCC-Liv and am therefore very happy with this contract extension. I am now being cautious with my back, so that I start training again soon and lay a good foundation this winter for the next season.”
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