Team CSC's young talent Matti Breschel is back in the peloton, following his crash with Robbie McEwen in the final stage of the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen. His original plan was to do the Grand Prix Herning and Colliers Classic at the end of April, but the broken bones in his back had not healed properly. Instead, the Dane came back to racing in today's Bayern Rundfahrt, where he finished 40th in the opening stage.
"I haven't recovered as fast as I'd hoped, but now things are looking up," said Breschel to team-csc.com. "Actually it's gone more or less according to plan, but I had hoped for a faster comeback.
"It's hard to say what kind of shape I'm in right now, because I haven't raced for so long. I think it's going OK really, but it's very difficult to say for sure. Bayern Rundfahrt will be a test, which will give me an indication of where I'm at, and we'll just have to take it from there. I don't want to make too many promises for the near future, but I'm pretty sure I'll be in good shape for the Danish Championships."
Breschel realised that it could worse, as he had broken vertebrae. "I could've been paralysed, so it was a very serious injury. I've broken my hand before, but that was nothing compared to this. I'm keeping my chin up though and moving on."