Following training horror crash, Petr Vakoc goes back home
Mar 21 2018 02:36 pm CET

Following training horror crash, Petr Vakoc goes back home
Following training horror crash, Petr Vakoc goes back home
Photo of Petr Vakoc © Mary Cárdenas /

Petr Vakoc has returned to his home in the Czech Republic after being hospitalised in South Africa for an accident he had during training at the end of January.

The rider was training in South Africa along with Bob Jungels and Laurens De Plus when they were hit by a truck. The traumatic incident for the trio ended up with Vakoc suffering from several broken vertebrae that needed surgery and a long period of complete rest.

"I can’t tell you how great it is to be back home after such a long time in the hospital, first in South Africa and most recently in Prague, at the Motol University Hospital," said the rider. "Of course, it is tough being sidelined with a view to a long rehabilitation period when all you want is to ride your bike, but I am feeling lucky knowing I will come back again.

"It will take some months before I return to competition, but I am really motivated and it is a great comfort knowing I am in good hands with the team and my family. I have just pedalled for the first time at my home, after hanging a bike from my ceiling and mounting it to a Tacx trainer. I am still not allowed to pedal seated but I am so happy I can start moving the legs and work to get back to the pack!"

Vakoc already started a rehabilitation program and will now be able to continue recovering from his house in Prague. Though it is still uncertain when he may return to competition, he and the team expect that it will be before the end of the season.

"Since the accident, I have followed the races of my teammates and enjoyed their victories, so now I am even more eager and motivated to be back and do some great cycling races, thus giving you all a show as thanks for all the support and recovery messages I have received since the accident, which have meant a lot to me!" he added enthusiastically.



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