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by Shane Stokes
February 13, 2018
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Team Sky rider Luke Rowe has confirmed his return to racing this month, stating via a Facebook video that he will line out in this month’s Abu Dhabi Tour. The Welshman fractured his leg very badly in a freak accident at his brother’s stag party.
“As a lot of you will know, I had a pretty bad injury. I broke my leg in around 25 places pretty much six months ago. It was a pretty bad injury, a long road back to say the least,” he said in the video. Rowe listed what he has been doing as part of his recovery, including gym work and swimming and, more recently, riding his bike.
“I definitely feel like I’m getting somewhere now,” he said. “My longest ride to date has been five and half a hours and with over 3,000 metres of climbing, so everything is going pretty well.” Rowe said that a lot of the season had a big question mark at this point in time, in terms of his programme, but that he would pin on a number again on February 21 at the Abu Dhabi Tour.
“It’s unbelievable that I will be back that soon racing. It is just a couple of weeks away now. From the diagnosis I had at the start, I never thought I’d be in apposition to race at the end of Feb. It is amazing, really.” He thanked the fans who had send him encouragement, and also Team Sky for its help in getting him back to where he is now.
“I could go to Abu Dhabi and be good, be at a good level and be a benefit to the team, or I could just go and get my arse handed to me. I am not really sure. I feel quite optimistic, but until you race, until you pin a number on…”
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