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Taco Van der Hoorn, leading the breakaway at Arctic Race of Norway 2022, but he is still out of action with severe concussion since last year’s Tour of Flanders (Photo: Gautier Demouveaux)

Taco Van der Hoorn, the breakaway specialist riding for Intermarché-Wanty, remains unable to train properly just over 10 months after suffering concussion in a crash at Tour of Flanders.

His team has said while he was able to join a recent training camp, he could not ride in a group and undertook limited solo work-outs under special supervision.

In an update the team said the Dutch rider – who made his breakthrough in Ireland at Rás Tailteann – “still suffers from the consequences of his severe concussion” and was “still undergoing a long period of rehabilitation”.

While he was making “gradual progress” it was “sometimes slowed down by certain effects linked to the severity of the concussion”. Though he was able to join a team camp in Spain in January, he had not recovered “his full capabilities and is not yet able to cope with the heavy workloads of collective training rides”.

However, van der Hoorn said he had made some progress and was looking to the future, and returning to pro racing, with some optimism, even though he suffered a concussion in 2017 and missed much of the 2018 season as a result.

“I was very happy to join the team for the first time since my crash, to be united with staff and riders all together in their preparation towards season 2024, which unfortunately started without me because of the consequences of my concussion,” he said.

“The past couple of months I alternated between hope and doubts, with sometimes fast progression but also weeks during which I suffered and was forced to rest. Now, I’m able to do physical activities every day and short bike rides on a regular basis.

“I scrupulously follow the advice of the doctors to foster my recovery. For now we have no certainty about the duration of my unavailability, before recovering physical capabilities which are stable enough for a high load of training work.

“These question marks sometimes cause frustration, but I try to focus on the encouraging aspects and the positive evolution on the long term. Meanwhile, I try to be as useful as possible for the team by staying in close contact with our technical partners.”

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