Klöden still believes in Tour-participation

T-Mobile's Andreas Klöden, who finished second-placed behind Lance Armstrong at the Tour de France two years ago, still believes he will be able to participate in the 2006 edition of the Grand Tour. In a heavy crash last week during a training ride, Klöden suffered acromioclavicular joint rupture, which needed an operation.

"The difficulties of last season clearly showed me that it is possible to get a good form back over a limited amount of time," said the German, who has now returned to his home in Switzerland. While the T-Mobile rider will begin physiotherapy in ten days, it is not yet known when he will be able to resume training on the road.

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