Hammond on comeback trail

Discovery Channel's British champ Roger Hammond is still recovering from his untimely meeting with a...

Discovery Channel's British champ Roger Hammond is still recovering from his untimely meeting with a Belgian lamppost at Gent-Wevelgem that put the kibosh on his run at Paris-Roubaix. Hammond made his comeback last month in Catalunya and had a strong sprint in Trenton for fourth. "It's been a little bit disappointing for me," Hammond told Cyclingnews.

"It took a long time to heal up because my injuries were a lot worse than I thought. My strained tendons took a long time to heal. Initially I thought that I had only had a broken thumb, but the tendon strains took a longer time to heal than the broken bones!"

But Hammond has good morale and is determined to defend his UK championship title at the end of June. "Oh yeah, I'm getting stronger every day," he said. Hammond also showed off his cool new Giro Atmos helmet that the Santa Cruz firm created to match his elegant UK Champion jersey. "I just got this at Catalunya so I have to keep it," joked Hammond before he headed off to race at Trenton.

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