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by Neal Rogers
September 29, 2017
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Seventy days after the finishing 29th overall at the Tour de France with a broken pelvis, Frenchman Pierre Latour returns to competition this weekend at the GP Beghelli in Italy.
“I am happy to be back in time to race a few events after such a long break,” Latour said. “I broke my pelvis in a crash during the Tour de France time trial in Marseille on July 22, and I was able to get back training only four weeks later.”
The 23-year-old French national TT champion will also race the October 3 Tre Valli Varesine, and Milan-Turin, on October 5. He will finish the season with the Chrono des Nations, on October 15, which will give him another opportunity to wear his tricolor skinsuit.
“I have no pain in training, and I feel that my form is good,” he said. “Nevertheless, I am not imagining crazy scenarios. I expect I’ll be missing the rhythm of racing and out of sync with the other riders. But for me, it will be hugely important just to have the chance to get a few races in before the winter break. The Italian races are defined by a lot of attacking, are often very difficult, and I don’t know exactly what to expect.”