Jon Dibben confident of Rio chances despite surgery on fractured elbow
World points race champion Jon Dibben insists his Rio 2016 chances are not over despite fracturing his elbow
Jon Dibben remains upbeat, despite seeing his Olympic dreams potentially dashed by a fractured elbow suffered at the ZLM-Roompot Toer, saying he's confident of returning to claim a place at Rio 2016.
The 22-year-old crashed in pretty innocuous circumstances in the Netherlands and underwent surgery on his left elbow on Tuesday.
Having finished second in both the U23 Tour of Flanders and Le Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux, the Team Wiggins rider is confident of being back on his bike and in form in no time.
“It's not ideal, but certainly August is a long long way away so I'll just hop back on," he said, quoted on the British Cycling website.
“There's nothing important in the next couple of weeks that I'm going to miss because of it, so it'll just be a case of getting back to form and then hopefully get back to as well as I've done recently.”
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British Cycling reports that Dibben is seeing more movement in his elbow than was expected post surgery, but the rider believes he is a few weeks away from racing again.
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“I'm looking at five or six weeks before I'm back riding on the road properly and certainly six weeks before it's safe to race," he said.
“It's unfortunate to crash probably in the form of my life, the best I've ever gone, but I have a good rehab programme and I'm not too worried about losing too much.
“I'll be trying to get back to pro-riding, which is really where you get the gains, as quick as possible.”
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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
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