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Craig Lewis (HTC-Highroad)
HTC-Highroad rider recovering from Giro d'Italia crash and fractures
Craig Lewis believes that he can be back on the bike within a month and racing again this season. The HTC-Highroad climber crashed out of the Giro d'Italia on stage 19, fracturing a femur and breaking two ribs. Teammate Marco Pinotti was also involved in the crash and abandoned the race as well.
Both riders were taken to hospital in Domodossola, Italy but Lewis was later transferred to Germany. He is planning to fly back home to the US on Tuesday, where he will continue his rehabilitation and training.
"I had a couple of complications with the leg but I'm getting the mobility back and once that is done I'll be able to put some more weight on it and then start riding," he told Cyclingnews from his hospital bed.
"At the moment it might be another month before I'm riding but I can see it being a little less than that. There was some nerve damage in his right shoulder and then some compartment syndrome in the leg."
The syndrome meant that Lewis's doctors kept the wound in his leg open for several more days in order to allow the swelling to go down. Now with the wound closed Lewis is able to use crutches and is looking forward to putting more weight on his leg.
Before crashing out of the Giro Lewis was down to race the Dauphine and the Tour of Utah in August. Having already missed the Dauphine and the Tour of Utah in mid August he has targeted the Tour of Colorado, which takes place later that month.
"I had been down for the Dauphine and then I was going to have a big break until the Tour of Utah and if things keep progressing the way they are then maybe I could see myself missing Utah but being ready for the Tour of Colorado. There's the Canadian races too," he said.
"It will be good to be back in the US though and starting with US races as they're maybe one level down. But right now I'm just trying to focus on getting back on the bike and once that done all I'll need is a few weeks to start racing."