Team Sky’s Kanstantin Siutsou is racing again in Mallorca for the first time since breaking his leg on stage 3 of last year’s Tour de France. The Belarussian told Cycling News HD that getting back into the peloton had been hard, but that he had big goals for the season now he was there.
In an exclusive interview in issue 41, out now, Siutsou described his return.
“It has been a long road to recovery,” he said. “From those early days when I was sat in the hospital in Paris, loosing 7cm of muscle from my left leg, the first one-hour ride back on my bike, which felt more like six, up to now. I have always stayed motivated because cycling is my passion, but it has not been easy.
“The hardest moments were when I had to watch the Tour de France, with my team needing my help, from my hospital bed. It made me determined to come back in better shape. I think that I am there, but we will see.”
A key teammate of Bradley Wiggins throughout last season until his crash, Siutsou is unsure who he will be working for in 2013.
“I am looking to build up my fitness to help the team at one of the major stage races. At the moment I do not know which one that will be. I think that we have two great leaders for both those grand tours, but they will need the best team there to support them.
“Being competitive at both the Giro and the Tour is a lot to ask; not only of the leaders but the whole team. But we have a great coaching staff here and if they say that it is possible, then I believe them.”
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