Keagan Girdlestone races again after horror accident: 'The goal remains the Tour de France'

The young South African is back in competition after crashing into the rear windscreen of a team car in 2016

Keagan Girdlestone, junior time trial, 2015 World Championships (Yuzuru SUNADA)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Keagan Girdlestone returned to UCI races a year and a half after a horror crash in Italy that left him in a coma, and "the goal remains to race the Tour de France."

The 20-year-old on Wednesday finished the first stage of the New Zealand Cycle Classic, a five-day 2.2-ranked race. He finished 64th.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.