High Road’s Linus Gerdemann not racing Tour, Olympics

Leg fractures and knee ligament injuries prove too much

German racer Linus Gerdemann racing in yellow last July.

Tour de France stage winner Linus Gerdemann will not race at July’s three-week epic or the Olympics road race due to his ongoing battle to recover from injuries sustained in an early season crash.


Gerdemann provided one of the few positive stories from last year’s scandal-hit Tour, winning the first stage in the mountains and then openly declaring his support for cycling’s long battle against the dope cheats.

Hopes of a repeat this year have however been put on hold, his High Road team announced Saturday, because he is still recovering from the leg fractures and knee ligament injuries sustained in a crash in the Tirreno Adriatico stage race in March.

“Linus has worked hard since the accident and has done everything he could to come back to racing as quickly as possible,” said Team Director Rolf Aldag. “However this week he has been in Hamburg for a checkup and unfortunately his knee has not sufficiently healed and racing could cause further damage.”

Gerdemann, who wore Tour’s yellow jersey for a day last year, said: “I’m sad not to do the Tour this year but I am working hard to make a successful comeback and aim to compete in the Tour of Germany.”


© BikeRadar & AFP 2008