After avoiding injury for most of his career, recently luck has not been on Nico Vouilloz’s side.
Following a break of several months (scaphoid fracture and operation on the cruciate ligaments on his left knee) at the end of the 2013 season, the Lapierre rider had recently restarted training. Unfortunately, a recent fall has put an end to his training. This time it was the turn of his right knee to suffer.
Nico tells us : «I hurt myself a fortnight ago and was operated on last week. It was during one of my first MTB rides in 5 months. I was on an XC bike and I lost my balance in a slow technical section, catching my shorts on my saddle… I fell on the downslope onto the opposite side to that which had been operated, my leg tensed and craaaack! Verdict, internal lateral ligament partially torn and meniscus damaged. As I already had no ACL, medical experts advised me to have this added as I wouldn’t get very far with both ligaments missing ! I therefore decided to go for an operation with a synthetic ligament that should have a fast recovery, we’ll see.»
Nico will therefore not be present at the first round of the Enduro World Series in Chile, but if his recovery time is fast, will be at the 2nd round in Scotland. Once again, the racer and Lapierre R&D team member had this competition as his priority. No longer able to aim for the overall win of the EWS, his intent is to be back on top form for the end of the season and to participate, as always, in the testing and development of Lapierre bikes. Whilst waiting for better days, it’s rest and recuperation for Nico.
Good Luck Nico!
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