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Magnus Bäckstedt plans to ride at Tirreno-Adriatico

A banged up Magnus Bäckstedt (Slipstream-Chipotle) will return to competition in next month’s Tirreno-Adriatico stage race in Italy, a move that puts him on track to shine in the spring classics. Bäckstedt, 33, snapped his collarbone in a finish line crash during stage 5 at the Tour of Qatar last month. Following surgery, the 2004 Paris-Roubaix champion says his recovery is going better than expected.

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By Andrew Hood

Bäckstedt says he’s ready to ride again

Photo: Andrew Hood

A banged up Magnus Bäckstedt (Slipstream-Chipotle) will return to competition in next month’s Tirreno-Adriatico stage race in Italy, a move that puts him on track to shine in the spring classics.

Bäckstedt, 33, snapped his collarbone in a finish line crash during stage 5 at the Tour of Qatar last month.

Following surgery, the 2004 Paris-Roubaix champion says his recovery is going better than expected.

“Training has been going great and my collarbone is improving extremely quickly,” Bäckstedt wrote on the team’s web page. “I’ve done some really hard rides … and I’m getting better and better every day.”

The Qatar injury cast doubt about whether he’d be able to withstand the punishing pavé of the northern classics and threw his spring schedule into disarray.

Bäckstedt recovered at his home in Wales and has spent the past week and a half in Girona, Spain, training with Slipstream-Chipotle teammates to regain race fitness.

Before his return to competition at the Italian stage race (March 12-18), Bäckstedt will head to Belgium to test the team’s bikes on some of the cobblestone sections the team will see in the upcoming northern classics.

“This is something I always look forward to and this year is no different,” he wrote. “I am very keen on finding out what the bike and wheels will feel like on the cobbles. I love that anticipation just as I hit the first stone.”