Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 9, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Cummings takes emphatic stage win, Van Avermaet extends Tour de France lead; Giro Rosa Round-up: another strike for the Americans, with Stevens winning the ITT and Guarnier keeping pink; Peloton thwarts breakaway again for sprint in Austria; Mihaylov takes solo win, lead at Sibiu Cycling Tour; Yates injured as 1km-to-go gantry falls at the Tour de France; Kruijswijk extends with LottoNL-Jumbo for two years; Once among cycling’s best, Floyd Landis attempting to remake image; Degenkolb leaving Giant-Alpecin in 2017; Kalamazoo cyclist recovering from crash; Irish politician: “Ban cycling events”; ‘WADA Talks’ with Frankie Andreu; Tour de France, stage 6 on-board highlights; ORICA BikeExchange Backstage Pass, stage 6; Rider recreates grueling first mountain stage of 1910 Tour de France; Fans find unique ways to pass the time waiting for Le Tour; The show must go on!; Rigoberto Urán as rock star

Kalamazoo cyclist recovering from crash

by CyclingTips

One of the cyclists injured when a driver of a truck struck a group ride that killed five near Kalamazoo, Michigan is beginning the long road to recovery.

Paul Gobble, 47, suffered a massive brain injury, affecting his short-term memory, as well as multiple fractures in his back and neck, a broken fibula and a broken rib. His injuries required a neck brace, a back brace, and a boot.

“But I am so fortunate. I weathered this storm very, very well,” he said in a blog post on the rehab center web site. “I know what happened, I just don’t remember it. Apparently, I and eight of the people I was riding with – this guy ran us down. Five of us didn’t survive. I’m definitely one of the lucky ones. Physically, I feel great. I really think that my memory for that week is just gone. I don’t think I’ll ever get it back and I don’t want it back, quite honestly,”

Gobble said he began cycling three years ago in an effort to become more healthy. “Cycling became very important for me. It became a very consistent, passionate part of my week.”

Part of his recovery program is to ride, first a recumbent bicycle, then a mountain bike with training wheels and finally a normal mountain bike. “It felt fabulous. I’m very eager, but I understand I have a bit of a wait,” he said of riding again.

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