Olaf Pollack, new member of the German T-Mobile team is currently undergoing medical treatment for a knee inflammation after having to stop training at the team camp in Mallorca. The talented sprinter told Cyclingnews last week that the pain in his knee caused him to return to Germany after one week of the training camp to see various specialists.
The former Gerolsteiner rider now knows the origin of his problem, explaining, "Part of the muscle got squeezed in the knee joint, causing an inflammation called the 'Plica syndrome', which leads to infected cartilage tissue."
Pollack immediately stopped all training and hopes the healing process will not take too long. In his first season at T-Mobile, Pollack will have a different racing programme to Erik Zabel. "I hope I can race again at the Tour of Algarve in Portugal, with the perspective to participate in the Giro d'Italia," he told Cyclingnews. About his long-term perspective with the squad, Pollack was careful when he replied, "Of course, you have a lot of dreams, but first of all I want to get established within the team, that's what counts now."