Victoria’s Ryder Hesjedal is focused on his Olympic dreams after being injured and forced to pull out from the Tour de France, according to the head coach of Canada’s national road cycling team.
Gord Fraser, a three-time Olympian who raced in the 1997 Tour de France, said Hesjedal has taken a training ride since returning to his home in Girona, Spain for medical treatment.
“He’s pretty upbeat, he’s pretty optimistic that he’ll be 100 per cent real soon,” said Fraser at a cycling event Monday.
The 31-year-old Hesjedal, who became the first Canadian to win one of cycling’s three Grand Tour events — the Giro d’Italia — in May, withdrew from the Tour after being injured in multi-rider crash on Friday.
“I don’t know the extent of (his injuries), but there weren’t any fractures or any ligament damage,” Fraser said. “He’s just really dealing with … some abrasions and deep (bruises on his left hip and knee), something that will heal in a few days rest.”
Hesjedal was among at least two-dozen riders caught up in the nasty crash during the sixth stage of the three-week race.
But missing out the rest of the Tour de France has its advantage, Fraser said.
“He’ll be really fresh coming into the Olympics,” he said. “The key will be him to re-channel the next couple of weeks and reform some event specific workouts to do the road race and the time trial (in London) effectively.”