Schär Set to Return to Racing in April6. April 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
Michael Schär is on track to race for the first time since crashing on stage 1 of Paris-Nice, which left him with a broken collarbone and iliac bone, at the upcoming Ardennes Classics.
BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Max Testa said Schär’s recovery has progressed faster than originally expected.
“Michael has fortunately recovered better than we anticipated, partly due to the fact that he is young and in good shape, and also because his fractures were non-displaced. He has been riding pain-free for the last week and is back on the road rebuilding his strength. He has good sensations so far but we will still be cautious with his training load at the moment,” Dr. Testa explained.
“Full recovery of Michael’s injuries takes six to eight weeks and to avoid any reoccurrence we don’t want to put him at the start line of any risky races. We will continue to monitor his recovery for the next two weeks and depending on the results, as well as the needs of the team, Michael will most likely be ready to race again at Liège-Bastogne-Liège.”
Schär is hoping to make his return at the Classics.
“I hope to be racing as soon as possible because I no longer have any pain and I’m back to doing long rides at a high intensity. Now my focus is on getting my fitness to where it needs to be and I’m confident that I can be ready to race during the Ardennes as I would love to race at least one Classic this year before we move on to the next part of the season,” Schär said.