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Two weeks ago, in the qualifying rounds of World Cup Downhill Round 1 at Lourdes, GT Factory Racing’s Gee Atherton had a massive OTB when his front tire got hooked into a rut on a lefthand corner, soon after the first split. He was particularly unhappy as he took a lot of the impact of the crash on his left wrist, and also because he’d finished first in timed practice the day before and was loving the wild and brutal track.

Gee was taken to hospital in Lourdes with a suspected broken scaphoid, but scans were reassuring enough for a French consultant to clear Gee to ride – it seemed that there may be a break in the wrist, but probably not from THIS crash!

Gee was in huge amounts of pain, but in order to protect his place in the Elite timed training session at Fort William he had to ride the Finals and finish within 100% of the race winner’s time – so the team attached a stopwatch to his bike, strapped his hand to the bars with Velcro and sent him out to roll down the course.

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On Gee’s return to the UK he was checked over by world-class hand and wrist specialist Mike Hayton, who confirmed that there was no new break and cleared Gee to ride and rehab within his symptoms.

Darren Roberts, who heads up High Performance Management at Harris and Ross, confirmed that Gee has been undergoing an intensive rehabilitation program to tackle some soft tissue damage and complement the work that Gee has been doing in the gym with Coach Alan Milway as they focus on maintaining Gee’s strength and rehabbing his wrist within the limits of his pain.

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Gee said, “It totally sucked to be off form for Lourdes, the first World Cup of 2015, especially with a track that I felt so good on but I feel lucky to have dodged a bullet, I’m stoked to be back riding now and not to have missed much!”

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