Luke Rowe: 'I've not ruled out riding the Tour de France'

Welshman is ahead of schedule as he recovers from serious leg injury

Luke Rowe at the 2017 Tour de France
(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Luke Rowe has said riding the Tour de France this year will be one of his goals as he continues his journey back from a serious injury sustained last summer. Rowe broke both his tibia and fibia jumping into shallow water on his brother’s stag do last August.

Speaking to Cycling Weekly ahead of the team’s December training camp in Mallorca, he said: “I’m not ruling out riding the Tour de France in 2018 for a fourth time.”

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Rowe was keen to emphasise that he is entering a tricky stage in his return to full fitness. “I’m way ahead of the schedule the doctors gave me. I didn’t cut any corners, I just managed to do things sooner than expected.”

The Welshman added: “It’s hard to put a timescale on it because you don’t know how your body is going to react, but it’s nice to think that come February I could be training full gas. I hope to be racing again by April or May. My surgeons have told me to expect plenty of stepping stones in order to recover from this injury. It’s just up to me to complete them.”

Rowe would usually be training for around four to five hours a day on the bike in winter, but was doing only 10-12 hours in his first week ahead of flying to Mallorca.

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He said the last few months had “undoubtedly” been the lowest of his career.

“If anything, it’s made me realise how much I love it [racing] and I want it now more than ever… I've missed being with the lads, at the races and on the bus. Being away from them and the whole pro cycling team set-up has made me appreciate it more,” he said.

He said the team’s support had been crucial.

“What they’ve done for me has been incredible. I wouldn’t be where I am now without their support.

"People seem to think it’s because they have the budget, but that’s not true. It’s the passion and the time they put in. I owe them a massive thank you.”

However, his contract is up for renewal this year and he is keen to consider every option for the next stage of his career.

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Vern Pitt

Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.