Boonen remains huge doubt for worlds
Tom Boonen remains a major doubt for the World Championship despite doctors telling him he does not need to have surgery on his injured wrist.
The Quick-Step sprinter fractured the scaphoid bone in his left hand in a fall that ultimately ended his participation in the Vuelta.
Doctors have told him to rest for four days and then train on his hometrainer with help from a special tutor.
He will have further tests on his wrist next week, when he will decide whether to try for the World Championships in Denmark at the end of the month, or simply to end his season.
"My hand is still very swollen, I am in incredible pain whenever I try to make any sort of movement," explained Boonen.
"I can't hold the bike's handlebar and I can't make any type of movement normally either. After a few days of rest I will try to pedal on my hometrainer in order to try and keep up with the training program I've followed so far.
"I will do everything in my power to try and recover from the injury in the speediest possible way, even though it won't be easy considering the World Championship will be taking place so soon.
"Next week's medical tests will be fundamental to understand whether or not I can keep on racing for the rest of the season."