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by Shane Stokes
August 26, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Mohoric soloes to victory on stage 7 of the Vuelta a España; Sarreau takes final stage of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Pedersen wins overall; Bernal wins stage 7 of the Tour de l’Avenir, seizes race lead; Kreuziger wins the inaugural PRO Ötztaler 5500; Warbasse, Kudus out of Vuelta a España after high-speed crash; Porte and Hermans back training after race crashes; Vuelta a Burgos runner-up Mas extends with QuickStep Floors; Aqua Blue Sport owner on Tour de France aims: ‘We are lobbying very hard’; Video: Orica-Scott’s All For One gets thumbs up
Just under 50 days after Richie Porte crashed out of the Tour de France, the Australian has been able to return to training on the road and reports himself satisfied with where he is at at this point in time. “I’m feeling good. Obviously, the collarbone takes a little longer to recover and my elbow flared up a bit, but hopefully that’s nothing too serious,” he said on Friday.
“I’m over the worst of it. Every now and then I still feel some pain in the collarbone and elbow, when I hit a bump in the road for example. But, in general my recovery is on track. I started back on the trainers two weeks ago and last Monday I went back on the road for the first time.”
Porte crashed on the descent of the Mont du Chat on the Tour’s ninth stage and fractured his collarbone plus his pelvis. He’s made a brisk recovery and said he has been able to do ‘a light’ two to three hours every day. “Of course, I’ve lost a lot of fitness and I’m getting passed on the road, but it’s nice to get the encouragement as they go by. At this stage, I’m still focusing on making a full recovery and we’ll decide down the track whether I race again this year or if a solid block of training is what I need to recover best.” Speaking after the Tour, he said that he hoped to pin on a number again before the end of the season.
BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said that is the target. “He has limited discomfort in his shoulder but the hip is not bothering him at all. We will continue to monitor his training and form over the coming weeks and then determine if Richie can line up at a race before the season ends. The goal is to see Richie pin a number on his back again before the off season.”
Testa said that Ben Hermans could be back racing within ten days. He crashed on stage three of the Tour of Poland and suffered a fractured right wrist, a fractured left hallux (big toe), a fracture on his sternum and broken teeth.