Petr Vakoc aims to return to racing in 100 days: I am working hard to get back to the level where I used to be
Nov 06 2018 07:21 pm CET

Petr Vakoc aims to return to racing in 100 days: I am working hard to get back to the level where I used to be
Petr Vakoc aims to return to racing in 100 days: I am working hard to get back to the level where I used to be
Photo of Petr Vakoc © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Quick-Step Floors' Petr Vakoc is set to return to racing in 100 days. The Czech rider missed the entire 2018 season due to a crash in South Africa.

Vakoc was training in South Africa with Laurens De Plus and Bob Jungels when a truck came from behind, hit them and send them to the ground. Jungels came out unscathed, De Plus was diagnosed with multiple abrasions and minor pulmonary and kidney contusion, while Vakoc suffered from several broken vertebrae that needed surgery and a long period of complete rest.

"I was hit by a truck and I am lucky to be alive. After three surgeries, months of rehabilitation and gradually increasing the training load it seems I might be able to come back," said the rider. "Not just back to normal life, but back to racing. My goal is to be on the start line again in 100 days from now.

"It is a path with an uncertain finish line, but which in itself is a goal. I am passionate about racing again. And not just racing, but winning! I am working hard to get back to the level where I used to be. And even higher. I would like to share my story with fans as well with people overcoming obstacles in their life. I am approaching this path with humility, as you can try really hard, but there are things outside of your control."

Vakoc also commented on the widely discusses relationships between cyclists and riders. "Surely it is not possible to prevent all accidents, but I am convinced that their risk can be reduced," the Czech said. "There is unnecessary hostility between drivers and cyclists. People in cars often do not realize how dangerous it is to pass cyclists only by centimetres.

"For me, this has been a topic of great interest during the recent months. I would like to change the situation for the better. Perhaps by introducing a rule to pass cyclists with a minimum distance of 1.5 meters, as is the standard in many other countries already."

Vakoc intents to return to racing in February of 2019, more than one year after the accident. "My goal is to jump back to racing in February. I have an immense support from the team," he explained. "I have the opportunity to take my time to get healthy and fit, without any pressure to prove myself in the last races of this season or to be ready for the very beginning of the next.

"I really appreciate it, in a professional sport, it is not something to be taken for granted. Therefore, I can focus all my energy on getting back to full strength. If everything goes according to plan, in exactly 100 days I will pin the number on my back again and step on the start line with the rest of the Wolfpack."
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