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Hoffman unsure of continuing

Dutch CSC rider Tristan Hoffman's career is in doubt after he crashed in Saturday's Omloop Het Volk. Hoffman hit a bollard when the road narrowed on the descent of the Muur van Geraardsbergen, and broke his shin bone in two places. He was taken to the UZ hospital in Gent where he was operated on on Saturday evening. As he had targeted the classics to finish his career this year, the 35 year-old Hoffman suggested that it was all over because of a "stupid bollard".

On Sunday, he was in slightly better spirits, according to his wife Vera who told Algemeen Dagblad, "He can right himself quickly in a situation, which I'm sometimes very jealous of." Hoffman broke a vertebrae in his neck when he was 19. "The doctors told him that he could forget a career as a professional cyclist. Through hard training in the sports school he cam out on top again. Thus, who knows what he can do know?"

Although Hoffman will not be able to walk properly for several weeks, Team CSC director Scott Sunderland said that he would do everything to get Hoffman back on the bike for the late season classics.

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