Spidertech's Keven Lacombe making comeback from injury in 2012
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Sunday, October 02, 2011

Spidertech's Keven Lacombe making comeback from injury in 2012

by Kyle Moore at 3:33 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Injury
 
Broken jaw healed, Canadian rider to begin season racing in Europe

Kevin LacombeKeven Lacombe (Spidertech p/b C10) was enjoying a career-best season in his third with the Canadian squad before a nasty injury cut it short in June. But the resilient 26-year-old will be back with the team next year, and has plans to begin the season in Europe.

Lacombe was coming off of an eighteenth place in the Canadian road race championships when, in the criterium finals, he went down hard on a corner. The result was a triple fracture of his jaw and the loss of several teeth.

Prior to 2011, Lacombe could boast wins in the Tours of Cuba and Pennsylvania. After spending his first two professional seasons with Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast, Lacombe joined what is now the current Spidertech p/b C10 squad. Lacombe saw some success in his biggest taste of European racing in 2011, picking up top five finishes in stages of the Circuit de la Sarthe and Ronde van Drenthe, as well as the Tour of Calfornia in the spring.

But in his fifth year as a pro, Lacombe is still trying to figure out his characteristics as a rider. “I don’t really know what I am,” he admitted. “It doesn’t really matter if I’m a sprinter or a rouleur. I guess I’m more of a rouleur who can sprint. But I’ll leave that up to those who commentate on the races.”

As he was saddling up for the summer, the broken jaw derailed everything and had Lacombe questioning his career decision.

“In cycling, unless you’re one-hundred-percent committed, you can’t race at the elite level,” he explained. “I wanted to make sure I was continuing for the right reasons.”

As Spidertech-C10 continues to pick up bigger races with its current Pro Continental license, Lacombe has decided on a unique way to prepare for European races in 2012.

“Starting in January, I’ll be in Europe,” he added. “Just before the WorldTour races in Quebec, I bought myself a motor home. I’m going to send it over to Europe on a boat.” The Spidertech-C10 European program begins in February, and Lacombe plans on being ready.

“The goal is to be autonomous and find the best-possible training conditions,” he said. “We’re going to start racing in mid-February with so-called ‘training races’ and focus on the bigger races in late March and early April.”

As both Lacombe and his Canadian team add races overseas, ambition continues to run high. “I just want for us to win races – real races where cycling is important,” he insisted. “Winning races in North America is good, but it’s not the same thing as in Europe.”

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