Chloe Dygert set to return to running in February after years of illness and injury

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Canyon-SRAM team boss Ronny Lauke is optimistic that Chloe Dygert will be able to resume a full racing program next season after two years hampered by illness and injury.

Dygert signed a four-year contract with the German team ahead of the 2021 season, but only raced one day with them at this year’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

Her first season with the team was cut short by a serious leg injury she picked up at the 2020 UCI World Championships when she crashed into a guardrail during the time trial as well as the preparations for the Tokyo Olympics delayed. She eventually made her Canyon-SRAM debut at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in February, but was forced to sit on the sidelines again after contracting Epstein-Barr shortly after.

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Dygert is now at work with the hope that she can start running in early February.

“She’s back on the bike, she’s back in training, and we’re all confident that we’ll see her again next season, on our team,” Lauke said. BikeNews. “The idea is that we have her from the spring and the first races with us. What we plan is that she now goes through preparation and training, and then we have her, from the start next year, in training camps.

“Then it basically starts, if we get an invitation to the UAE Tour or if we get an invitation to the Tour of Valencia, with one of those stage races, or it starts with Het Nieuwsblad, but one of those races the plan is that we already have with us.

Dygert has faced a long recovery period after injuring her leg two years ago at Imola. The 25-year-old suffered a severe laceration in her left leg which severed approximately 80% of her quadriceps.

She recently underwent second leg surgery to remove scar tissue that had started to build up inside the muscle and was causing her pain. Although she was not 100% back with her leg, she has made great progress since the operation.

“It got better. I wouldn’t say it’s back to normal. But at least she can move again, she can train properly,” Lauke said. “But she still feels like something happened to that leg, that it’s different from before. We’re all very curious how that relates to her bike and her races later on. But for now , we remain convinced that it will be there that it will become competitive again.

Lauke described Dygert as one of the biggest “drivers” in the team and said his power has been lacking in the peloton this season. She still has two years to fulfill her contract with Canyon-SRAM and Lauke remains hopeful that this can be a successful union.

“We are committed to the runner, and even when there are times when it’s bad and not as we hoped, we say ‘ok, we stick with it’ and we try to help the runner and to support him. We try to compromise and be with them when times are heavy and difficult,” he said.

“That’s what happened with her. We’ve got another season or two more seasons with her, so the hope remains that we can get her back to winning ways, and then that’s a story a lot. nicer, and a nicer feeling for her and for ourselves than after these hard months and years, when we finally get to the point where we hope to enjoy a good result or even a victory together.

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