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by Mark Zalewski
December 16, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Trek-Segafredo convinced Tour de France win is still within Contador’s reach; With an eye to the future, Mollema targets Giro and commits to Contador in 2017 Tour; Bart Wellens on transition to managing a team; Stijn Vandenbergh ready for Roubaix; Rob Peeters out with flu; George Bennett diagnosed with mononucleosis; Matthew Busche announces retirement; Wegmann retires after 15 seasons; Matteo Tosatto on retirement: ‘I will not beg for a contract’; Compton, Hyde win USA Cycling Pro CX titles; Tirreno-Adriatico 2017 route announced; Cyclist attempting to cycle around Britain abandons attempt; Practice the post-up before winning.
Trek-Segafredo’s Edward Theuns, who fractured a vertebrae in a crash on the Tour de France stage 13 time trial, endured a long recovery and physical therapy. He is slowly making a return to racing, and says 2017 will be more of a rehabilitation year.
“Conditionally I feel better than last year at this time, but my back still gives rise to doubts,” he said at the team’s training camp in Spain. “The injury is still not 100% healed and I have still some pain. My back will never be the same as before the fall.”
He said his recovery was as much mental challenge as much a physical one, and said he owes a lot to his girlfriend who was with him the entire time.
“If anyone knows how hard it’s been, Lien she is the one. She was there from the beginning.
“When I got home I had to sleep downstairs on a hospital bed . Lien throughout the rehabilitation period was super important to me. I think it was almost as much for her mentally as me. These are difficult times been there and sometimes still are.”
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