Annemiek van Vleuten headed for early return to competition
Jan 07 2019 03:41 am CET

Annemiek van Vleuten headed for early return to competition
Annemiek van Vleuten headed for early return to competition
Photo of Annemiek van Vleuten by Mitchelton-Scott

Mitchelton-Scott's Annemiek van Vleutem is training in Spain and has felt that her recovery is going better than expected. The rider could return to competition sooner than anticipated.

Van Vleuten crashed at 50 kilometres into the road race of the last World Championships of Innsbruck and was diagnosed with a fracture in the tibial spine. At the moment, the doctor estimated six months out of competition for the rider because of the knee fracture, but things are going better than anticipated.

The Dutch rider had already been in Calpe doing some training at the end of 2018 and currently she's in Gran Canaria in a stronger training before joining the men's team in Faro, Portugal. "We start in Faro and cycle along the coast to the south of Spain," she explained in her website.

"This was a proposal from Gene Bates, my sports director of last year, who said that this could be good. My trainer is also very positive about it. It is a camp purely focused on making kilometres. I will have a lot to do because riders like Simon Yates, Adam Yates and Mikel Nieve will join us. So there are pretty good climbers and we are going to climb 30000 metres in nine days and cycle 1800 kilometres. But I am confident that I am ready for that now."

Van Vleuten has already had her first intensive training after the injury and she's ready to keep building up from there. "An intensive training is a great moment to see where I am," she explained. "Of course, I see that I really don't have the level that I have had or that I would like to have, but there are also things that you lose very quickly and that you can get back quickly.

"Therefore, I am confident that I am on the right track and that things will be going well. Who knows if I would be racing earlier than I thought."




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