PARIS (AFP) — Theo Bos of the Netherlands is due to undergo surgery that will rule him out of next year’s London Olympics, his Rabobank team announced on Tuesday.
Bos will undergo surgery to repair damage caused by a burst vein in his groin next Monday and will then undergo a period of rehabiliation, during which he will not be able to move his left leg for the first month and a half.
“Because of this long period of rehabilitation, I’ve decided to give up on my Olympic track ambitions,” he said. “I have to be realistic, even though it hurts.”
The 28-year-old switched from track cycling to road racing after the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. On the track, the Dutchman won three world titles in 2004, 2006 and 2007 but only took a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and was also thwarted in his quest for gold in Beijing.
He had planned to return to the track for the London Games and was hoping to compete in the omnium, a new event combining six different races.