Michael Schär to be back at Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Apr 06 2017 02:04 pm CET

Michael Schär to be back at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

BMC's Michael Schär could be back to racing sooner than expected. The Swiss rider suffered several fractures during the first stage of Paris-Nice.

Schär suffered fractures in the right collarbone and the right iliac bone during a crash at the French race. Though it was uncertain when he would return to racing, he is on track to do so sooner than expected. (Also read: Michael Schär fractures collarbone and iliac bone.)

"Michael has fortunately recovered better than we anticipated, partly due to the fact that he is young and in good shape, and also because his fractures were non-displaced," said the team's chief medical officer, Dr. Max Testa.

"He has been riding pain-free for the last week and is back on the road rebuilding his strength. He has good sensations so far but we will still be cautious with his training load at the moment."

"Full recovery of Michael's injuries takes six to eight weeks and to avoid any reoccurrence we don't want to put him at the start line of any risky races. We will continue to monitor his recovery for the next two weeks and depending on the results, as well as the needs of the team, Michael will most likely be ready to race again at Liège-Bastogne-Liège," he added.

The rider is hopeful about being able to compete in at least one of the classics. "I hope to be racing as soon as possible because I no longer have any pain and I'm back to doing long rides at a high intensity.

"Now my focus is on getting my fitness to where it needs to be and I'm confident that I can be ready to race during the Ardennes as I would love to race at least one Classic this year before we move on to the next part of the season," he commented.
Photo of Michael Schär (cropped) © Tim De Waele/TDWsport.com


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