Colombian mountain bike pro Leonardo Paez returned to Italy a few days ago to rejoin his TX Active-Bianchi team. He underwent surgery at left hand in Colombia following a nasty crash during a training session in Chile while preparing for the Pan-American games in April. Since then, he's been recovering and awaiting the chance to return to competition.
The 2010 South American Games winner, who excels at marathons and cross country events, spent three months at home in Colombia to recover, assisted by the Colombian Olympic Committee and monitored remotely by his team's medical staff.
TX Active-Bianchi President Felice Gimondi and team manager Massimo Ghirotto welcomed Paez, who is eager to get back to competition as soon as possible. He recently underwent a scan of his left scaphoid in Northern Italy and discussions are underway between team management and the medical staff to decide when Paez will be able to contest his first mountain bike race post-injury.
For the moment TX Active-Bianchi's Colombian racer is training on his road bike for three to four hours per day. "I feel confident that Leonardo will back to competition at the end of August," said team manager Massimo Ghirotto.
"Unfortunately he missed the first half of the season, but he will be able to do some good races in September and October, too."