Johan Vansummeren: «I'm better off on the bike»


2011 Paris-Roubaix winner Johan Vansumeren still bears the scars of his awful crash in last week's Tour of Flanders on his cheeks but is now using his time on the bike as a way to overcome the hard times hoping to be as strong as he was three years ago.

“It's hard. But I'm better off on the bike then staying at home behind closed doors. It's a way to forget what happened. I'm staying in contact on the phone,” said the 33-year-old Belgian about the 65-year-old woman he hit during the Ronde and who was till in critical condition in a hospital in Kortrijk.

The victim's husband vowed for Vansummeren to race in the Queen of Classics and to win it again as a tribute to his wife.

“Of course I want to win it badly. That's what I have been training for all winter. I'm in good shape and in any case I'm planning to ride a solid race, to stay with the best and see what happens. Nothing's guaranteed on Paris-Roubaix but I believe it's possible,” the Garmin Sharp rider said.

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