T-Mobile's Marcus Burghardt underwent a successful knee operation Tuesday morning in Switerzland, the team has announced. The 23-year-old had been suffering from pains in his left knee for several weeks. He had tried to combat it with physical therapy, but when that didn't work, he had to go for the operation. He should be in the hospital two or three days before heading to Frieburg, Germany, for intensive physical therapy.
Burghardt hopes that he "can wear a start number at least once more" this season. "I have a guilty conscience, because I haven't been able to ride for so long," he says. "The others on the team have had to make up for my absence."