Road warrior Matt Brammeier set for return after six months out

Matt Brammeier will race for the first time since his horror crash at the Tour of Utah last year when he goes to the line as part of the Dimension Data squad for tomorrow’s Trofeo Felanitx and Friday’s Trofeo Port de Pollenca Andratx in Majorca.

The four-time Irish national road race champion suffered three rib fractures on both sides, a punctured lung as well as broken sacral and pelvic bones when he collided with a moving car while on a sharp descent during stage six of the American stage race last August.

“I’m excited to get going, and not really nervous at all,” he said about the six-month layoff.

“I’ve been training well and everything is going good.

“It’s been the longest chunk of time I haven’t been racing since I started cycling, so I’m just looking forward to getting stuck in again,” he added.

Brammeier will be one of four Irish riders taking part in some of the four one-day events that make up the Challenge Majorca series between tomorrow and Sunday.

Ryan Mullen (Garmin Cannondale), Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) and Sam Bennett (Bora Argon 18) are also in action.

Of the four, Bennett looks the most likely to produce a result after finishing 10th and 4th in the two events he competed in last year.

Mullen and Roche will race tomorrow and Friday.

Roche is still suffering from the effects of a second serious spider bite in two months.

“I’m still not 100% and still on antibiotics as I had developed a bacteria so that’s why it’s been so nasty,” he said.

“I’ve had four weeks of treatment to help fight that and I’ve still two to go, but hopefully I’ll be fine.”


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