Linus Gerdemann: "I will fight to become part of the 2008 Tour de France."

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19.03.2008/ On Sunday Linus Gerdemann crashed during a time trial in the Tirreno Adriatico stage race in Italy and finished the race with fractures on his left upper and lower leg. The 25 year old German High Road rider was in promising position for the general classification when he crashed going into a left turn. Earlier we reported that Gerdemann would undergo surgery in Innsbruck (Austria), but now we learned that the High Road rider is in a hospital in Hamburg (Germany).

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Linus Gerdemann during stage 3 of Tirreno - Adriatico ( Sirotti)

On Sunday night Gerdemann was flown to a hospital in Hamburg with team physician Dr. Helge Riepenhof. After extensive diagnostic examination, wounds and contusions on several parts of his body were treated, and two small fractures and damage to cruciate ligaments of his left knee were diagnosed and treated. Additional minor surgical treatment will be performed in the next few days, and a break from training of one to two months is expected.

In spite of the injuries Linus is highly motivated and focused on recovering in time to train, race and earn the chance to repeat his great success from lasts years Tour de France.

"I will do my very best to be back on the bike as soon as possible and I will fight to become part of the 2008 Tour de France," says Gerdemann.

In an interview with German based website Gerdemann said about his crash: "After I crashed I was like in panic because I knew I would have a good result. I only shouted 'spare wheel', 'spare wheel' and immediately continued the race. Soon I noticed that something wasn't right. I only could pedal with one leg. On top of that the final kilometre was on cobblestones. At the finish I felt really bad and I was immediately taken to a small hospital. Accompanied by our team doctor Helge Riepenhof, I flew at night with a private jet to Hamburg . They [Team High Road, editor] took care of me very well."

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