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by Mark Zalewski
February 9, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Right-hand man: Roche dedicated to putting Porte into Tour de France yellow; Sexism and abuse in women’s cycling: A dozen pros share their experiences, anonymously; British Cycling review report delayed over legalities; Keagan Girdlestone competes in first race since crash; Meeusen feeling left out by Team, Nys; Bruyneel responds to 60 Minutes report on motor doping; New Energy Tour set to replace World Ports Classic; Speed bumps placed in cycle lane to ‘protect’ cyclists; Cancellara’s final Flanders bike sells for €16,100; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour teaser; WeLeaf:The first 4,000 kilometers; When dodgy former Olympic doctors have to find a new gig.
Keagan Girdlestone is continuing to make strong progress in his recovery from a horrific crash suffered last season, and has pushed the boundaries by competing in a race ahead of schedule.
Keagan Girdlestone on his first road ride back. On his left arm is a tattoo showing a cross, a helmet and cycling glasses. It also lists the date of his crash and the location, Rimini. It’s an apt symbol for his return to life.
The South African was racing in the Italian Coppa della Pace race with the Team Dimension Data Continental squad last June. On the final stage he crashed on a descent while chasing back from an earlier incident, hitting the back of one of the vehicles in the race caravan and going through the rear window.
In January Girdlestone was attending a local race in New Zealand as a spectator to watch his father. “They asked me if I wanted to race and so I thought I may as well. It was very spur of the moment,” Girdlestone told Cyclingnews. “As I was riding, Dad was looking after me, and I felt like I was 10 again.”
He said doctors advised him not to push his heart rate above 145, to make sure his “neck stays in one piece.”
“It was very exciting. It was good to be back with people that I’d raced with so it kind of felt like nothing had really changed, except I was pretty useless.”
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