The Week That Was...
Ian comments on the happenings in the world of cycling.
This week, now the season is well and truly underway, early season injuries are beginning to heal and riders are returning to the peloton just in time for the Grand Tours and their warm-up races. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
Former Tour de France podium finisher, Andreas Kl?den, is hoping that he can return to full fitness in time for July following his recent shoulder operation. "Since last Thursday I have been able to ride on the road again," he said on www.andreas-kloden.com.
"The last few weeks were full of training on the roller and physical therapy. I still have some pain, but I can ride for three to four hours a day.?
He continued to add that he was still unsure about his return to racing. ?Exactly when that will be depends on the further healing process, but right now I am optimistic that, at the latest, I will be able to present myself in good form at the Tour," he said.
Winner of this season?s Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under, Simon Gerrans, will return to racing in the Tour de Lorraine in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
Former Paris-Roubaix winner, Magnus B?ckstedt , has started his build-up to a return to the peloton. Following a crash in the season opener, Trofeo Mallorca, Backstedt suffered a split in the tendon behind his left knee. The tall Swede continued to battle on and rode Tirreno Adriatico and Milano-San Remo before succumbing to the injury.
Having rested for six weeks, Maggie is back on his indoor trainer, building up to his return in the Dauphin? Lib?r? which starts on June 4. He hopes to join his Liquigas team on the start line for the 2006 Tour de France.