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by Mark Zalewski
December 28, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mathieu van der Poel talks about tough times at Heusden-Zolder; Michael Vanthournhout responds to Van der Poel start incident; Lars Boom makes successful return to World Cup cyclocross; Peter Stetina says he almost quit mid-season; LottoNL-Jumbo tweaks management roles; Floyd’s of Leadville to sponsor Tour of the Battenkill; Filming the final jump from ‘Danny MacAskill – Cascadia’; Meyers Grade Silent Descent.
No one would blame Peter Stetina (Trek-Segafredo) for not even returning to pro cycling after his near career-ending crash and injury in 2015. But he did come back, and that alone made for an amazing story. He recently said that the comeback was almost too much to handle, and he nearly hung it up in April before turning a corner at the Tour of California in May.
Peter Stetina sees his start at the 2016 as proof he’s back to being his old self after his horrific crash last year.
“I was pack fodder and being dropped with sprinters when I should have been there on the climbs,” he told Cyclingnews.
“It just wasn’t coming back and I was tired because I hadn’t done stage racing for so long. It was so hard to get that back. I was at this point in April where I was exhausted and getting canned in every race. It just wasn’t happening and my wife said to me, ‘Well you’ve told the team that California is your goal and they’ve given you that, so at least go through with that and see how it goes.’”
Fortunately for him, and for the fans cheering on his comeback story, California did go well, with a second place result on the Santa Barbara stage.
“It went great, even though I had a horrible GC result and crashed but that mountain result showed that I was back. My wife later told me that if that race hadn’t gone well I probably would have stopped.”
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