Cian Uijtdebroeks arrived as planned this Friday, at the end of the day, in the hotel of the Belgian delegation for the World Championships. But the very promising young rider from Abolens, near Hannut, believed throughout the week that he could not participate in the Worlds. Because he was injured, with a muscle tear. Because … of a burglar. On his return from the European Championship (where he won the silver medal for the time trial), he was alone, at home.
His parents, who had been to support him in Italy, were still on the way home from Italy. “I was sleeping”, he explains. “When I heard noise. And then a lot of noise. My bedroom window was open. I went to see, and I saw someone on the roof, who was trying to get in through the window. Luckily. , I was faster to close the window. Then I ran to go set the alarm. In one of these movements, I injured myself. The next day, on the bike, I immediately felt that it was wrong. “
He suffered from a muscle tear behind the knee. One week before the World Cup, it was really not ideal … “I went through physiotherapy sessions and doctor’s appointments”, tells the future pro of Bora-Hansgrohe. “I went several days without being able to ride… So I thought of not going to the World Championships. Because of this injury, which is on top of the fact that the courses do not really suit me. But I told myself that ‘A World Championship in Belgium is very special. I may only experience this once in my life. “
So he did everything to be there. And it will be. Not in the best conditions. But with an intact motivation.“I was able to start riding again. I don’t think my condition was totally gone in a week.”
He will enter the scene on Tuesday, on the time trial. Before the road race, Friday.