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by Mark Zalewski
November 11, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Grosu wins Tour of Taihu Lake, stage 5; Dimension Data Principal on WorldTour numbers: ‘The right decision was made for cycling’; Italian federation acquits all in ‘pay-to-race’ scheme; Baby Giro returning in 2017; Is a new Chinese WorldTour race in the works?; Opening round of Revolution Series Champions League cancelled; Rally Cycling adds Junior World Time Trial Champion Brandon McNulty; Cylance Pro Cycling completes roster with Marta Tagliaferro; Jan Dieteren making comeback after recovery from cancer; Linus Gerdemann pondering retirement; Julian Dean convicted of drunk driving; Downhill Taxco 2016 Course Preview.
Jan Dieteren, who races for the Leopard cycling team, was diagnosed with testicular cancer last January. The 23-year-old was shocked by the diagnosis but immediately began treatment, and in May was told the cancer was in remission. However, he could not quite begin a comeback as he also had to battle subsequent illnesses like meningitis. However, he is now fully recovered and ready to begin the road back to racing.
“It all went very fast at the beginning, so I did not really realize what was actually happening,” he told RadSport. “I also had great confidence in the medical practice at the University of Heidelberg, so I was not worried. My family and friends, who visited me regularly and supported the whole time, gave me a lot of strength. And also the many messages and calls that I received, have made me very happy and helped me well through the time.”
A return to racing at the top level of the sport is a long-term ideal goal, but Dieteren is realistic about his chances, as he has to start over completely.
“The former is clearly my goal, and I see it as a personal journey, to see how far you can get if you are practically starting from zero again. In addition, I have a degree in International Management from Ansbach University, which takes off some of the pressure. I then have a good alternative and keep my head fit. So I can go all in all the project of a comeback with a free head.”
“Leopard has been super supportive of me from the beginning. I was constantly in contact with the team manager Markus Zingen during the whole time and was always up-to-date, what was happening with the team. I also visited the team twice during the time and so I felt as a member of the team.”
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