CSC's Tristan Hoffman is determined to end his career later this season on the bike after sufferingPIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Tristan Hoffman, who on Saturday crashed out of Het Volk and suffered an open fracture to his left tibia, intends to attempt a comeback, even though it may just be to ride the last few months of the season, writes Susanne Horsdal. "I want to finish my career on the bike - not in hospital," the 35-year-old Hoffman told Dutch journalists following a successful operation to his leg. The CSC rider, who was in full preparation for the spring Classics when he crashed, said that he knew the moment he hit the ground that the situation was serious. "Apart from the intense pain, I immediately felt a sort of hole in my leg and knew that it was very bad. At that point, all sorts of thoughts went through my mind, and when I waited in the hospital to have the operation, I thought my career was over. But talking to the operating doctor gave me some morale back," said Hoffman, who's still on strong painkillers and will have to stay in hospital for another couple of days. The spring Classics specialist, who's riding the last year of his career, has a long period of recuperation ahead of him and is - at best - expected to be back racing by late summer.