Luke Rowe has started strength work in the gym as he begins his recovery from a broken leg sustained in an accident at a stag party in August.
The Welshman broke his tibia and fibula while white water rafting in Prague on his brother’s stag party, an injury which is likely to put him out of action for much of the 2018 season.
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However Rowe explained that he was already hitting the gym in an attempt to keep doing some sort of exercise.
“I was already doing little exercises after a week just to keep the strength in my leg and I’m on my way to the gym now, so that’s a step forward,” the 27-year-old said.
“I’m going to start doing some anaerobic work, things like hand cycling. They might try and prop me up on a rowing machine! It just feels good to be able to do something.
“I’m obviously spending a lot of time at home, but I’m using the machines to help with muscle strength and bone healing and doing physio at home, so that takes up a good chunk of time and you can get into a bit of a routine.”
Although back exercising, Rowe said that it was impossible to put a timescale on his return at such an early stage, with rest and recovery being the main priorities.
However with plenty of time on the sofa, Rowe has had to find ways to keep himself entertained, with watching cycling on TV not being his only distraction.
“I’ve been watching the Vuelta on TV and supporting the boys. It’s obviously been great to see them going so well.
“I’ve also been smashing Only Fools and Horses and getting through the boxsets as well.”
Rowe also said that he hoped to attend some of the team’s pre-season training camps not only to help his recovery, but also to meet some of the team’s new riders.
“I’ll be around the team when we start doing the planning for next season, trying to get to the camps, getting to know the new guys and being where all the physios are with the gadgets and gizmos to help with my recovery,” he continued.
“The team has been great and done everything I could have asked or in these first few weeks.”