Cape Town - After being hospitalised
for several weeks following a road accident in South Africa where he and team-mate
Laurens De Plus were clipped by a truck while training, Petr Vakoc has finally
returned to his home in Prague.
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The accident happened at the end of January this year and left Vakoc with several broken
vertebrae that required surgery, followed by a long period of complete rest.
The 25-year-old Czech began a focused rehabilitation
programme this week, which he now looks forward to continuing from his home in Prague.
“I can’t tell you how great it is to be back home after such a long time in the
hospital, first in South Africa and most recently in Prague, at the Motol
University Hospital. Of course, it is tough being sidelined with a view to a
long rehabilitation period when all you want is to ride your bike, but I am
feeling lucky knowing I will come back again”, Vakoc said.
“It will take some months before I return to competition, but I am
really motivated and it is a great comfort knowing I am in good hands with the
team and my family. I have just pedalled for the first time at my home, after
hanging a bike from my ceiling and mounting it to a Tacx trainer. I am still
not allowed to pedal seated but I am so happy I can start moving the legs and
work to get back to the pack!”
Over the next period, Vakoc, a member of the Quick-Step Floors team, will continue his rehabilitation programme, which
looks to steadily build up his body strength again while limiting stress on the
back, followed closely by the local specialists and the team’s medical staff,
who confirmed that his physical condition is progressing well. It’s still too
early to say exactly when a comeback in full competitive mode can be made but
if everything stays on track, Vakoc and the team hope it will be before the end
of the season.
“Since the accident, I have followed the races of my team-mates and enjoyed
their victories, so now I am even more eager and motivated to be back and do
some great cycling races, thus giving you all a show as thanks for all the
support and recovery messages I have received since the accident, which have
meant a lot to me," Vakoc said.