In December the former world champion crashed at a training camp. He broke a femur and rib and had to undergo several operations, one of which led to the removal of his spleen, while Gazzetta reported that he also suffered internal bleeding and could have lost a kidney.
"I feel better. Now I ride, not too much but just two three hours on the bike. To be honest I’m really happy to be here with my team. It’s really good motivation for me and I hope also for my team," he told Cyclingnews.
Sporting a scar on his left leg, as well as a 40 stitch scar down the centre of his chest, the Italian said he is returning to full fitness.
"I think it will be another two and a half months before racing. I’ll start with some easy races. I don't know where but it will be about taking things day. I feel good. My left leg is normal now and I feel as good as I did before the crash."