Multi-time Hungarian champion László Bodrogi showed a return to form in the Tour of Austria by taking third in the 26.3km time trial on Saturday. The Katusha team rider has been battling to regain his fitness after breaking two bones in his leg in a crash in the Tour of Germany last year.
Now a nationalised Frenchman thanks to his marriage, Bodrogi came within 15 seconds of the time of stage winner Koos Moerenhout (Rabobank). Canadian Svein Tuft (Garmin-Slipstream) took second place just two seconds off the win.
His recuperation is not 100% complete, said Bodrogi, but he was happy with the result. “It means the end of a long period of trying to get back into racing and find an acceptible condition. Today there were a lot of cross winds and at the end it cost me power. It still says to me that my left leg has an inferior muscular tone in comparison to the right. However the positive thing is that I finally see the end of the tunnel even if often feel pain down to my ankle."