Klöden returns home

T-Mobile's Andreas Klöden has returned home after surgery on his injured shoulder after a training crash last week. "Although I have had a number of injuries in the course of my career, I can definitely say that this one was the most painful ever," he said on his website, andreas-kloeden.com.

Continued Klöden, "The timing of the crash was particularly irritating. I had just begun to really get into shape after the first races and could see the results of my intensive training over the winter." In about ten days' time, the stitches will be pulled and he will be able to begin with physical therapy and light indoor training. "When I can finally get on the road again is not known at this time, but I haven't lost sight of my goal of the Tour de France," he said.

Courtesy Susan Westemeyer

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