What not to do if you’re a pro cy­clist

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - MARISSA PAYNE

If you’re plan­ning a bach­e­lor party, you may be wise to keep on land lest you wind up like Luke Rowe, a Team Sky cy­clist who proved in­stru­men­tal in help­ing Chris Froome cap­ture his fourth Tour de France vic­tory this summer. Rowe broke two bones in his right leg af­ter a raft­ing trip near Prague went awry this month.

“It wasn’t like I was swing­ing from the roof tops drunk, but there is only one per­son to blame,” Rowe told BBC Wales Sport on Wed­nes­day, not­ing he al­ready un­der­went one op­er­a­tion and will need an­other be­fore he can fig­ure out how long his re­cov­ery might take.

Right now, the 27-year-old rider es­ti­mates that it may be more than a year be­fore he can re­turn to cy­cling.

“I knew straight away how se­ri­ous it was,” he told the BBC. “I’ve bro­ken a fair few bones in my ca­reer but this was sig­nif­i­cantly worse than any of them … I lifted my leg, but my foot stayed still, it was kind of hang­ing off, limp.”

Ac­cord­ing to a Team Sky press state­ment, Rowe sus­tained frac­ture to both his tibia and fibula.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred af­ter Rowe, who proved he has a high thresh­old for pain this summer when he rode most of the Tour de France with a bro­ken rib, tried to ex­e­cute a stunt from the raft.

“I jumped down into the wa­ter but landed in a shal­low sec­tion on my right leg,” he said via Team Sky’s state­ment. “It’s been a big shock and I know I’ve got a long pe­riod of re­cov­ery ahead.”

If Team Sky bosses are an­gry, they’re not show­ing it pub­licly. Rowe’s coach, Rod Elling­worth, said Rowe is “a re­ally im­por­tant part of our team” and that the team will be “right be­hind him through­out his re­cov­ery.”

Team Sky demon­strated its ded­i­ca­tion to the rider by fly­ing out the team doc­tor to Prague as soon as they heard of the in­jury. Ac­cord­ing to Rowe, the team wanted to en­sure he got to see the proper spe­cial­ists and re­turned to his home base in Cardiff, Wales, safely.

Now, he’s get­ting used to life on crutches.

“I’ll be on crutches at my brother’s wed­ding in seven weeks’ time, and I don’t think I will be spend­ing much time on the dance floor,” he told the BBC.

Rowe, who joined Team Sky in 2012, has com­peted in the last three Tour de France races.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

Team Sky cy­clist Luke Rowe broke two bones in his right leg af­ter a raft­ing trip near Prague went awry.

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