Jolien D’hoore will return to racing at the OVO Energy Women’s Tour that starts on Wednesday in Great Britain. She was sidelined from racing after breaking her collarbone in May but says she that she has fully recovered and is ready to support her teammates at the 13th round of the Women’s WorldTour.
“I’m already happy and relieved to be back so quickly. I could do some long rides over the last week but no intensity yet so I’m a bit in the dark with where I am with my shape,” D’hoore said.
“For sure it will be hard for me racing such a high-level race with riders on form, but I have to realise that I need this to come back even stronger after my injury and I am looking forward to it.”
The Belgian road champion had a strong spring campaign, winning the inaugural Driedaagse de Panne, before coming second at Gent-Wevelgem, and she briefly led the WorldTour overall standings.
D’hoore crashed while racing in the Madison on the track at the Vier-Bahnen-Tournee in Dudenhofen, Germany several weeks ago. Doctors confirmed that she had broken her collarbone and required surgery to correct the fracture. She said that she has been able to ride her bike, and although she missed a three-week block of racing, is ready to join her teammates Gracie Elvin and Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik winner Sarah Roy. The team will also include Jessica Allen, Alex Manly and Georgia Williams.
“We have a strong team with many options for what the race may throw at us, we aren’t going in with an outright leader, but I am confident that by the end of the second stage a lot will be settled, and we will also know who is going well out of the rest of the field,” said the team’s director Martin Vestby.
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