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Lehikoinen looks towards next season

By:
Harlan Price
Published:
September 01, 2008, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:47 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, September 1, 2008

It's been a season to forget for the Finland's Matti Lehikoinen, with his latest crash in training...

It's been a season to forget for the Finland's Matti Lehikoinen, with his latest crash in training at the Canberra World Cup taking him out of for the duration of the 2008 season.

Lehikoinen will return home to Finland on Monday, after he decided to have surgery in his home country rather than in Australia. He has broken the radius in both hands, with the right hand being worse than the left. There's still no 100% confirmation on the condition on his scaphoid bones in both hands at the moment, but the possibility of fractures does exist and will need to be explored with his doctors.

Right now the estimated recovery time is at least eight weeks, so Lehikoinen will start looking to the 2009 season.

Before boarding his flight home, Lehikoinen summed up a mediocre year. "This season was really bad for me. Eight weeks recovery time means that I will have been out of game for seven months out of the past 13 months. So now I can forget this unlucky season and concentrate on next year." .

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