Frank Vandenbroucke has taken the first step back into the peloton, finishing the Giro d'Abruzzo Sunday. In the end he was 102nd, nearly 18 minutes behind winner Luca Ascani, but still he made it to the end of the race, which 51 other riders didn't manage.
"It went rather smoothly the last few days," he told Sportwereld. The Acqua e Sapone rider now heads off to the Subida al Naranco next week, to be followed by the Vuelta Ciclista Asturias.
"I can't say today how it will go after that", VDB said, referring to the Giro d'Italia that starts on May 12. "But I understand that it is a little tight for the Giro. That's a three-week race, and I have a knee that's still not 100 percent. I'm not going to take any chances."