Evenepoel's fate is still tied to Eddy Merckx

The hard fall that the Belgian suffered in the Giro de Lomabrdia is reminiscent of the episode that 'El Caníbal' suffered in 1969, when he broke his pelvis while competing in a velodrome.

The image of the hard fall of Remco Evenepoel after falling down an embankment on the descent of the Muro de Sormano during the Tour of Lombardy shocked the peloton. Despite the shocking images, the young Belgian cyclist suffered a contusion to a lung and a broken pelvis in the fall.

This injury to Evenepoel has once again encouraged the parallels between the young Belgian talent and his compatriot Eddy Merckx, the best cyclist in history, who also suffered a similar injury when he was in one of the best moments of his career.

Eddy Merckx's accident occurred while he was racing at the Blois (France) velodrome on September 9, 1969. The Belgian was competing in a test after motorcycle with Ferdinand Wambst when he collided with another motorcyclist who crashed and both Wambst and Merckx suffered a heavy fall that hit the ground head first. Wambst died from his injuries, while Merckx was unconscious for about an hour from a concussion. However, the injury that would have the most impact throughout his career would be a pelvic fracture, which did not prevent him from competing after his recovery and continuing to add success to his great record after recovering, although he did show a sensation of pain in several races.

Since his time as a junior, when he swept the Innsbruck World Championships two years ago, Evenepoel has been tagged 'the new Merckx', although the young rider has already made it clear that these comparisons are a compliment but also they tire you. Evenepoel has already started his rehabilitation work this Thursday and has promised that he will return stronger, just as Eddy Merckx did after his hard fall in Blois.

Porte, Yates and Van der Breggen, Other Successful Comebacks After a Pelvic Fracture

In addition to Eddy Merckx's example, Remco Evenepoel also has other corridors like mirrors to look at that have shone again after suffering a pelvic fracture.

One of the most notorious cases is that of the Australian Richie Porte. The rider crashed down the dangerous Mont du Chat in the 2017 Tour and suffered a broken pelvis after hitting the ground and bouncing off a stone wall. Porte missed the rest of the season but returned with new vigor in the 2018 season, where in addition to winning at his fetish peak of Willunga Hill in the Tour Down Under he took the overall overall at the Tour of Switzerland that year.

Another example for Evenepoel is Adam Yates, who also suffered a pelvic fracture during the 2018 Volta a Catalunya, and who put on a bib just two months later at the Vuelta a California, where he finished fourth overall, before running in Dauphiné, where he won the last stage and was second overall.

The Netherlands' Anna Van der Breggen also suffered a pelvic fracture, who fell to the ground during the team time trial at the Ponferrada 2014 World Cups. Van der Breggen recovered successfully from that fall and began the following season with the conquest of the 2015 female Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

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