Petr Vakoc blog: It feels amazing to be back racing

Since the first training camp in December, the time has been flying really fast. After 10 days of training in sunny Spain with a perfect company of my teammates, I went for a short trip to Prague to spend Christmas with my family. I enjoyed the last couple of days of cross training - gym, hiking on snowshoes and MTB - before heading back to Spain for second team camp.

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Petr Vakoc has spent almost his entire professional cycling career under Patrick Lefevere's Quick-Step umbrella. He started his career in 2011 with the ASC Dukla Praha Continental team, before moving over to Etixx-IHNed in 2013. He made the jump to the WorldTour in 2013 with OmegaPharma Quick-Step, where he has remained under the various title sponsor changes. A debilitating incident involving car collision while he was training, left the Czech rider with a spinal injury that sidelined him for the entire 2018 season. He is set to make his return in 2019 with the newly named Deceuninck-QuickStep, and he plans to make his mark once again at the sport's highest level.