Remco Evenepoel vows to return stronger after Il Lombardia crash

Remco Evenepoel
Evenepoel was one of the favourites for Saturday's race

Belgian rider Remco Evenepoel has vowed to come back stronger after his crash during Saturday's Il Lombardia race.

The 20-year-old suffered a fractured pelvis when he crashed on a descent, striking the wall of a bridge before somersaulting on to his back and over the edge.

The Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider was flown home from Italy on Monday.

"Unfortunately my season is over but we have no rush to plan a good comeback," he said.

"I want to thank all the people who supported and helped me since the accident. And the fans - your support really touches me and will help me in a positive way.

"We are already looking forward to next season and will come back stronger."

The highly-rated Evenepoel faces weeks flat on his back convalescing but his team doctor Yvan Vanmol told Belgium's RTBF that they do not believe an operation will be necessary.

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