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by Shane Stokes
February 21, 2018
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Making his competitive return this week following multiple fractures to his leg six months ago, Luke Rowe has spoken about his long road back from that injury, and being able to race earlier than expected.
“Even at Christmas and going into the New Year, I still thought that the middle of the season was realistic,” he said on Tuesday. “When I got back on the bike properly, though, I realised I probably wasn’t as unfit as I thought. I managed to suffer through it a bit at first and I got my head kicked in a few times, but the fitness and strength built up quite quickly.
“On training camp in January I felt good and I went to the team and said that I wanted to do Abu Dhabi. It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind, really.”
Rowe fractured his leg when he jumped from a boat during his brother’s stag weekend. He isn’t sure what to expect from this week’s Abu Dhabi Tour, but believes that it is ‘a perfect race’ for him to come back in. However he’s looking further ahead.
“First thing’s first, I need to see how this race goes,” he said. “Training is going well, but training doesn’t tell the full story. I need to race to know where I am. I want to be at a decent level and be of value to the team. I had completely ruled it out, but it might be possible to look towards the back end of the Classics and be there in good shape. That would be an absolute dream. Maybe it’s being too optimistic to be there at 100%. It’s still early in the process and obviously I’m still doing my rehab. It’s a massive goal, though, and time will tell.”