Recovering Euser to ride Leipheimer GranFondo

Garmin rider won't race again in 2009

Garmin-Slipstream’s Lucas Euser will take part in October’s Leipheimer GranFondo as his recovery from being hit by a vehicle continues. Euser broke two ribs and one of his patellas after being struck by a vehicle near his Spanish residence in Girona.

"It's been very slow going and a tough injury to deal with,” said Euser. “I won't race in 2009, but Levi's ride gives me a great goal to aim for. It will be a great feeling to ride at a big event again. It's important for me personally and mentally to have focus for a specific goal before I enter the winter months."

Euser hopes to ride the 103-mile GranFondo course, but might opt instead for the 65-mile MedioFondo depending on his rehabilitation progress.

"I've ridden the King Ridge course before, it's very demanding,” he said. “I'm good on the flats and rollers, but the big climbs are hard on my knee. King Ridge itself is not to be underestimated, it is a pure brute of a climb. I hope everybody who's planning to ride it is in good shape. If I'm not quite there I won't hesitate to take the 65-mile option. I know I'll enjoy that just as much."

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