By VeloNews Interactive
Laurent Jalabert has chosen the April 25-29 German stage race, the Tour of Lower Saxony, as the place to start his comeback. The 32-year-old Frenchman, world No. 1 from 1995 to 2000, is putting in three to five hours of training per day after the freak accident on February 12, when he fell off a ladder and fractured three vertebrae.
Jalabert says his morale is “high” and if his Danish team CSC-Online is invited, he should be ready for his main focus of the season, the Tour de France.
“I’m happy, I’ve got back to some semblance of normal activity,” said Jalabert, talking to a few journalists outside his home near Geneva on Wednesday.
After the accident, Jalabert spent 12 days in a hospital before undergoing physiotherapy, and it was some time before he was able to get in the saddle. “I started training again on the home trainer and I didn’t go for my first ride again until March 14,” he said. Having accumulated only 1200km since that date, “Jaja” is behind the rest of the pack in their preparations for the series of one-day classics and, ultimately, the Tour. However, Jalabert is eager to play catchup. “It’s as though I’m in December,” he admitted. “But I can’t wait to get racing again! I’m missing it like mad.”