Keagan Girdlestone: 'I still want to win the Tour de France and Olympic Games'

Less than 10 months since the horrific crash that almost left him dead, Keagen Girdlestone is back racing and has reiterated his desires to win the biggest races in the world.

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

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Keagan Girdlestone, the South African teenager who suffered near-fatal injuries after crashing in an Italian race last June, is racing once more and says that his "every ambition and goal I've ever had is unaltered".

In a blog post on his own website, Girdlestone revealed that he has already started racing once again in New Zealand, where he lives, and that he hopes to make selection for the Commonwealth Games next year.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.