Steven Burke is targeting a remarkable comeback at the track World Championship in Paris next month, just five weeks after breaking his collarbone on a training ride.
The 2012 Olympic gold medallist hopes to regain his place in Great Britain’s team pursuit lineup for the Championships, which looked in doubt when he suffered the injury in Majorca on January 11.
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“Things are going better than I thought they would,” Burke told the British Cycling website. “The collarbone is now straight and I’ve hardly any pain in that area so it’s back in training on the turbo.
“I’m not allowed on the road yet because it may weaken, so I’m doing plenty of efforts, double days on the turbo and gym sessions as well.”
The 26-year-old is due back from the Spanish island at the start of February, meaning he has not missed any time on the track in the lead up to the World Championships, which start on February 18.
“Essentially I’ve missed five days off the bike, it’s a little bit of catch up that can’t be helped. I’m doing everything I can now to get myself in the best shape possible for February 18,” he added.
“By the time I get back (from Majorca) at the start of February I’ll be back on the track so it looks like I won’t miss out on any track training in preparation for the world championships so I’m very pleased about that.”