Mon, September 23, 2013

Hesjedal back training for Olympics

By QMI Agency


Ryder Hesjedal is back training for the Olympics after being involved in a multi-rider pileup at the Tour de France. (ALESSANDRO GAROFALO/Reuters file photo)

Injured Olympian Ryder Hesjedal is back in the saddle and should be good to go for the London Games.

According to Cycling Canada road director Gord Fraser, Hesjedal is back training after a multi-rider pileup knocked him out of the Tour de France last week. The crash left Hesjedal, the Giro d'Italia champion, with a bruised left hip and other cuts and scrapes but no major injuries that will keep him out of the Olympics.

"He's feeling better and is pretty upbeat, pretty optimistic that he'll be 100% real soon," Fraser said during a news conference in the Vancouver area. "He'll be really fresh coming into the Olympics.

"The key will be for him to re-channel the next couple of weeks and re-form some event-specific workouts to do the road race and the time trial effectively."

Hesjedal, 31, still has some time to heal up before competing in the Olympics. The Victoria, B.C., native will represent Canada in the road race July 28 and the time trial Aug. 1.