It seemed absolutely obvious that a high speed crash caused by a cat had effectively ended the 2014 season for Domenico Pozzovivo, but the tiny Italian climber wants to prove one more time why he is considered one of the toughest man in the professional peloton by returning to competition in Il Lombardia.
Pozzovivo broke his right tibia and fibula in the crash which happened in the beginning of August, but mainly thanks to his impressive willpower the Ag2r-La Mondiale rider was back on his bike again only one month later, willing to return to competition before the 2014 season comes to an end.
“Yes,” Pozzovivo told TuttobiciWeb.it, smiling. “When I set the goals I want to reach them. Let’s say that at times only my stubbornness lets me go over my limits. Then, there was also an excellent job done by the doctors who operated on me.”
“At first I could only walk with crutches, my girlfriend had to put me on the bike and I wasn’t even able to clip off the shoe afterwards.”
“[I trained] twice a day: once on the rollers and second time on the road. I started focusing on small improvements. I was feeling like a child learning to ride a bike again.”
As the recovery was progressing much faster than expected, what wasn’t the first of such cases which occurred in professional cycling lately, an insane thought planted in Pozzovivo’s mind to return to competition at Il Lombardia, held this year on October 5.
Thus, Pozzovivo sent the French squad an email informing that he might be ready to race by that time and so he would like to be considered as a part of their roster for season’s last monument.
“I could be ready for Il Lombardia and to end my season by racing in China [Tour of Beijing],” the 32-year old Italian reportedly wrote.
“It’s a crazy idea and so it might not be taken into consideration, but I wanted to respond right away as I know that they won’t let me down and won’t allow me to make decisions which would jeopardize my next season or the rest of my career.”
“I have suffered and I still suffer physically but I believe that that the head makes the difference.” Nothing to add here.
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