Team CSC racer Karsten Kroon is back on his bike and training in Spain after a broken wrist sustained while snowboarding during Christmas holidays, which he spent in Val Thorens.
"At first they gave me a cast on the lower part of my arm, but that was no good because I couldn't ride my bike. I talked to the doctor about it and he said it was ok for me to remove the cast, but that it would hurt a great deal and I would have to wear something to stabilize my wrist. I've followed his instructions and I'm able to continue my training, but there is a lot of pain both in and around my wrist and also it wrecks my balance on the bike," Kroon said on the team's website, team-csc.com.
A full recovery is expected in time for the team's late January-early February training camp in California. Kroon is also expected to race in the Tour of California, which will serve as preparation for the spring classics.
"They [the classics] are my main priority this season, and also I'm hoping to get to do Tour de France as well. The Tour is better for me this year, because we're not building the entire team around one person like last year. The route seems perfect for our team and we should be able to snatch a couple of stages," said Kroon.