Paris, France unforgiving nature of bike racing continually presents hurdles for its champions and journeymen alike. And this summer Renaissance man is undoubtedly the modest French rider Christophe Riblon of AG2R La Mondiale.
was definitely facing the end of his career, says Vincent Lavenu, the AG2R manager who first offered Riblon a professional contract in 2005 and has worked with the 32 year old ever since. was turning round in circles and couldn come up with any answer.
of the X rays showed nothing and no specialist could see a problem, Riblon told Bicycling this week. as soon as I Air Max On Feet walked out of Nicolas office, I felt relief for the first time.
road captain for the feisty AG2R, highlighted by a savvy stage win during the 2010 Tour de France at the Aix 3 Domaines ski resort.
According to Riblon, the intense pressure was simply due to poor posture. That, and the constant rigors of cycling nearly ended his career.
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Unable to cycle, sit, stand, or even lie down for extended periods due to an undiagnosed back ailment over the winter, Riblon bounced back Nike Air Max 95 Prm
to win the queen stage on Alpe d in this year Tour de France and a key mountain stage in last week Tour of Poland, where he finally finished third.
An experienced track racer who has often medaled at the world championships, Riblon has also proven to be a reliable Air Max White And Purple
Christophe Riblon's Successful Return From Injury
he spent without answers. I had a two year contract. And even if I don like to reason in such a way, I knew that I had an entire year to find an answer. Even if I couldn touch my bike for six months, there was no way I was going to let my career end like this.
After taking a full two months off this past winter and consulting with nearly a dozen doctors and specialists, Riblon resumed racing in the spring. But the lower back pain persisted. Riblon lacked his usual power, and his only results were abandon and DNF. Situated in the Paris suburb of Boulogne Billancourt, where Riblon raced briefly as an amateur, Bounine provided almost instant relief.
But any chance of repeating such a feat dimmed in 2012 when pains in his lower back increased, forcing him drop out of race after race.
Cycling, it often said, is not rocket science. Cyclists spend their careers focused on clear cut goals. But they often handle ambiguity less well. Painful injuries like a broken collarbone or femur are quickly overcome, but sickness or injury without a clear source can quickly unravel a cyclist.
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