Ángel Gómez is recuperating well from the injuries he sustained in a crash in the third stage of the...
Ãngel GÃ³mez is recuperating well from the injuries he sustained in a crash in the third stage of the Tour de France, but still isn't sure about his recovery process. "It's too early to say if I can return to cycling [this year], but if I can I will make sure that this is not the end of my season."
GÃ³mez isn't giving up and hopes to return to racing as soon as possible. "I will do anything possible to return for the Vuelta a EspaÃ±a," he said of the Spanish national Tour which starts on August 30. GÃ³mez was hopeful he would recover quicker than from his last crash in the Ronde van Vlaanderen. "Even though it appears bad, I think it may only take half the time to recover than compared to the Flanders crash," he said.
Despite the accident being his second heavy crash of the season, GÃ³mez hasn't lost his humour. "I have a great advantage towards the end of the season, and that is that I will be fresh. Usually in August I have done 70 days of racing. This year, it won't be more than 45."
The Spaniard from Saunier Duval-Scott is helped during his recovery by personal friend and doctor JosÃ© Ãngel MartÃnez AgÃ¼eros. "He has already treated me on other occasions. Last time in April, after my crash in Flanders. He examined the X-rays to see where the fracture was located, then examined me directly to help localise exactly the affected areas and to rule out other peripheral injuries."
For the moment GÃ³mez exercises in the swimming pool in CabezÃ³n. "I was advised to do exercises in the water, as the pain will be less when floating. It allows me to move all my muscles and avoid getting numb [muscles]."