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Luke Rowe back on bike - but accepts he may miss Spring Classics

27-year-old broke leg on brother's stag weekend in Prague in August...

Luke Rowe’s recovery from the broken leg he sustained on his brother’s stag weekend in August is running ahead of schedule, with the Team Sky rider now back on his bike.

There had been fears that Rowe could be out for as long as a year he broke his tibia and fibula while whitewater rafting.

He was on the trip to the Czech capital, ahead of his brother Matt’s wedding to Dani King, with Team Sky’s permission. Two weeks earlier, he had helped Chris Froome win the Tour de France for the fourth time.

> Team Sky's Luke Rowe faces year out after breaking leg on brother's stag weekend

Yesterday, the 27-year-old from Cardiff posted a picture of himself to Twitter taking to the track.

Rowe said at the time: “I knew straight away how serious it was, it was excruciating pain and there are quite a few broken bones.

He added that “it is hard to predict a race, a point in the season or even a year when I will be able to come back.

“It's a moment in your career where your back is against the wall and you really need to roll your sleeves up.

“It's going to be a tough few months for me and it could be up to 9-12 months – that's realistic.”

That would in effect rule him out of next season’s Spring Classics campaign, and according to BBC Sport, Rowe acknowledges that he faces a struggle to return by then.

"I haven't really set myself a date, a race or a target. I've just said get back as soon as I can,” he said.

"Everyone knows I've got a love for the Classics, but I don't think it's realistic to be there, and that's going to be hard."

Rowe was fifth at the Tour of Flanders last year and 12 months earlier finished eighth at Paris-Roubaix.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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