Deignan back in action after collarbone injury
CYCLING: Philip Deignan is set to make a return to the professional peloton this week after breaking his collarbone in a training crash last month, WRITES GERARD CROMWELL.
Deignan broke his right collarbone in mid-February when he rode into the back of a car while training near his base in Monaco.
"I was going down a hill coming into a little village," revealed Deignan. "Normally the road is not busy at all, but the motorway was closed that day and there was a lot of traffic. A couple of cars locked up on the descent. The car in front of me slammed on and I didn't have time to stop."
Unlike with his left collarbone, which he broke at the Tour of Britain last September and which required a plate to be inserted, it was decided to let the injury heal naturally after discussion with his Team Sky's medical experts.
"It's been a long, slow process, but the team have been great and they've done everything they can to help. If I have any issues I can just walk 200 metres down the road to a clinic for an x-ray or see a specialist whenever I want."
Deignan lines up for Team Sky at the Italian Coppi-Bartali four-day stage race tomorrow and having last raced at the Tour Down Under in Australia in January, he is expecting a tough time.
"You just know it's always going to be hard, your first race back, so the sooner I can get it over with, the better," he said.
With the Giro d'Italia due to start in Belfast on May 9, Deignan is optimistic of his chances of making the starting line for the three-week tour.