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After crashing out the Trofeo Alfredo Binda on March 20th and losing her kidney, Trixi Worrack (Canyon-SRAM) was unsure whether she was able to continue her career. But with her sights firmly set on the Rio Olympics, the German national champion has been working hard on her rehabilitation for the past two-and-a-half months and now, Canyon-SRAM announces that Worrack will make her return to racing this weekend at the Auensteiner Radsporttage tour in Germany.
“I might have only one kidney now, but I also only have one heart. Fortunately, you are born with two kidneys and I can continue after losing one. If I was afraid of getting back on a bike, it would be wrong to aim for a return in pro cycling. But I’m not,” Worrack told German media Radsport news.
Worrack, eager to return to racing before the German national championships later this month, says the two-day tour in Baden-Wurttemberg this weekend provides an ideal start for her return.
“It’s three stages over two days. The first road stage is just 88km, then a split stage the following day with a 7km time trial in the morning and in the afternoon an 82km stage. I think if I’m going to start somewhere then this is ideal and it’s nice to race in Germany. I feel ready to race,” she said. “I am a bit nervous of course because even if in training I’m feeling okay, I still am not sure how I will go and exactly how my body will react to the racing. But I am ready.”
With that said, Worrack is not yet 100 percent recovered, and as she’s missing her left kidney, she may never be.
“In training I feel good most days. When I’m at maximum efforts on climbs then it can be uncomfortable in my side but otherwise there’s no problems. I’ve been given the all clear medically to race and I’m looking forward to it. The doctors are interested to see how I react to the racing and I’ll have tests afterwards to monitor my recovery,” she said.
Worrack will line up in Germany this weekend alongside Lisa Brennauer, Mieke Kröger, Hannah Barnes and Barbara Guarischi.