Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 4, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Veloso wins Portugal stage, Vinhas keeps lead; Carpenter rides break to Utah win; Astana wins Vuelta a Burgos TTT; In her own words: Armitstead explains whereabouts case; Doping control officer: It’s right that Armitstead was cleared in her whereabouts case; Vincenzo Nibali confirms leadership of Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team; The difference one year makes: Peter Stetina’s incredible comeback; Caleb Ewan extends with ORICA-BikeExchange; USA Pro Challenge will not return in 2017; Wiggins talks frankly about doping, Armstrong; A lesson to learn: Silber’s approaching cycling the right way; Adam Phelan’s Video Diary: A guide among the chaos; Brain Injuries in Mountain Biking – Are we Doing Enough?; Former Pakistani Olympic cyclist reduced to rickshaw driver; Getting Team Canada dressed for Rio; Getting vehicles dressed for a race

The difference one year makes: Peter Stetina’s incredible comeback

by Michael Better

Peter Stetina’s 2015 racing season came to a sudden halt when he struck a concrete bollard at high-speed in the Vuelta al País Vasco, one of many incidents that have launched close look at rider safety in road races. After reconstructive surgery for a shattered kneecap, Stetina returned to racing this year with Trek-Segafredo.

One year on and nearly a full season under his belt, Stetina is quietly confident as the 2016 season winds down. He is looking to 2017 after making it through the toughest race of the year, the Tour de France.

Here is an excerpt from the feature:

Stetina’s season has been quite remarkable considering his status at the Tour of Utah last year, which was his first race back from the injury. While he was able to ride his bike and fit enough to be amongst those racing in the peloton, it was a complete different story off the bike. He used a cane to move around and walked with not only a noticeable limp, but a fairly considerable one, showing the severity of the injury he was forced to overcome.

The Santa Rosa, California resident told his team at the beginning of the year he would need many race days to get back to the level he had obtained before the crash. The team delivered. “I’ve already got 70 race days this year, so I’m feeling it,” Stetina said. “I’m one of the most raced guys in the world right now. The season is actually starting to wind down for me. I’ve only got this one, Alberta, and Quebec, Montreal. I’ll end a little early this year, but I’m excited to be here and we’ve got a good team.”

“It’ll be 85, 90 [race days] before it’s all said and done,” Stetina added. “I told the team I need a lot of races to get my old form back. It’ll be good to have a full season under my belt and have a normal offseason without having to do all of the rehab stuff. I’m already looking into next year. It’ll be nice to have a full offseason and go for results instead of surviving.

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