On February 5th, Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Karsten Kroon crashed during Tour of Qatar. He had surgery on his leg and the operation was successful even though it was highly complicated. They stitched his leg in four layers.
It’s been almost a month since the crash and here’s a personal update from Karsten:
“I have to say that I’m very happy about the progress I’m making. 14 days after surgery I was back on the bike for the first time with 150mm cranks and an elevated seat because of the limited angle in which I could bend my leg. First, I was on the road for just 15 minutes but now I’m already riding 1 hour without any reaction. I try to ride twice a day. Yesterday I did 1h on the rollers and a bit harder between 250 and 300W. A nice feeling to sweat again,” says the flying Dutchman.
14 Days after surgery, he went to a physio for the first time who carefully bent his leg till 110 degrees which meant he could start riding. It’s still uncertain when Karsten will be back racing but he’s eager to get back:
“I’ve been working very hard this winter and my shape was very good when I crashed. I feel healthy and fit and eager to work again. So, I’m gonna keep on pushing the workload and follow the doctor’s advice and hopefully, I’ll be back soon,” says Karsten Kroon.