Gerolsteiner's Robert Förster was almost finished with his training ride in his home region in Eastern Germany Wednesday afternoon when he overlooked a pothole, to his disadvantage. "I was almost done with a training session and just added a few sprint intervals," the 28 year-old said. "I hit a pothole at full speed and went over the handlebars."
The sprinter was taken to a hospital in Halle, where doctors diagnosed severe concussion and a severely jammed wrist. "To be on the safe side, they did a CAT scan but didn't see anything that hadn't been there before," the sprinter continued, having recovered his humour. "I'm supposed to take it easy now, but with the splint and tape for my wrist I can hardly train anyway." If the healing goes well, Förster will return to racing in the Circuit de la Sarthe on Tuesday, April 4 as planned.
Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer