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Klöden optimistic after operation

Only hours after the operation on his right shoulder, Andreas Klöden said that the operation "went well and I'm looking forward to training on the rollers again soon." Klöden injured his shoulder when he crashed in training Tuesday.

T-Mobile team doctor Carsten Temme said, "The ligaments in the right shoulder that hold the collarbone in place were torn. Right now, we expect that Andreas will be able to return to intensive training on the road the end of April. If the healing process goes as expected, we think there will be plenty of time for him to prepare well for the Tour de France." Meanwhile Klöden can expect to stay in the hospital five more days and wait two weeks before starting training on the rollers.

He hasn't been forgotten by his teammates, Klöden said on the team's website. "For example, Jan called from his training camp in Tuscany and asked how I was doing. That helps a lot."

Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

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