Chris Horner could return to racing at Tour de Suisse

Possible Tour de France slot also considered

Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida) could ride next month’s Tour de Suisse with on eye on competing in the Tour de France a month later. The American was hit by a car in April while out training and suffered a punctured lung in the accident along with broken ribs and a cut to his head, which required stitches.

He missed the Giro d’Italia this month but has made a quicker than expected recovery, with Lampre-Merida team boss Brent Copeland set to meet the rider this Friday and iron out Horner’s next move.

“He’s back in Europe at the moment and training again. We will have a meeting with him on Friday and we’ll go from there,” Copeland told Cyclingnews.

“At the moment we’re thinking about bringing him in for the start of the Tour de Suisse in order to see what his condition is like. Then we’ll look at the possibility of Chris riding the Tour de France.”

While Horner has been able to train in recent weeks, the concern for Copeland and his rider is that if he crashes again he could damage his recovering ribs again.

“We’ve always known that Chris is unbelievable at recovery, perhaps it’s because of all the crashes he’s had but seriously he’s great at recovery. I didn't expect it to be so quick. The biggest problem are the ribs and if he crashes again. That’s our biggest concern at the moment, but he’s coming on and his condition is getting better and better each day.”

“If he gets through Suisse then we can start taking about the Tour in more detail. Chris also wants to see what his condition is like in racing. We have a chiropractor working him closely and I’ll see both of them together and then early next week we’ll make a final decision. Right now it’s 70-30 that Chris does Suisse.”

Lampre will send their principle Tour de France leader, Rui Costa, to the Tour de Suisse.

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