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by Shane Stokes
November 25, 2017
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Having shattered his right leg in a freak accident in August, Luke Rowe is counting his blessings that his career can continue. The Team Sky rider jumped into a river during his brother’s stag do but, while the others who also did so landed in deep water, it was far shallower where he was.
The impact shattered his lower leg, and led to a doctor telling him that his career might be done. “The surgeon was sitting at the end of the bed and he asked ‘do you want me to be straight with you?’” Rowe told the Telegraph in a very frank interview. “I said ‘Yes, please’. And he said ‘There’s a good chance you will never ride a bike again’. That was probably the worst moment of my life. I just sat on my bed and broke down and cried you know? It was stand out the worst moment of my life.”
Three months later, and with a 800 gram metal rod in his leg, he’s back on his bike and hoping to return to the peloton next spring. However Rowe faces up to the fact that another big impact could end his career.
“We’ve had a few discussions about whether to leave it [the rod] in or take it out. And we’ve decided that we’re going to leave it in; to strengthen the tibia,” he said.
“But if I was to crash and if it was a big one, well, you can imagine… the rod bends, the bone doesn’t. So it would shatter and I would never ride a bike again. Potentially never walk again. I would never have full use of my leg.”
Click through to read the full interview at the Telegraph.