South African triathlete Claude Eksteen has had another injury setback.
Less than a month after crashing during a training ride and cracking his ribs, the 32-year-old went down again.
Eksteen was competing in the first race of the German Bundesliga Series in Gladbeck on Sunday 24 May when he went flying at 60kph on the bike.
The first┬á Bundesliga Race is a sprint event; a 250-metre swim in the pool, a 5km bike and 2.5km run. There are five heats and each member from the team starts in a heat. The times are then added up from each of the teammates which determines the teams’ starting order for the afternoons team sprint triathlon
With Eksteen’s fall and him not finishing, his team was given a 30sec time penalty, which placed them seventh on the start grid for the final in the afternoon. But they were able pull back to fifth overall.
Despite the setback Claude is optimistic and looking forward to traveling to Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday (27 May) to rejoin his Australian based training group.
‘I have been having a lot of bad luck lately. After cracking my ribs a few weeks ago, I thought my bad luck was over. But now this happens… the bike is a total write-off and I have a lot of road rash and a bruised hand. Luckily there’s nothing broke. The bike’s forks just snapped…!’
‘I will just keep working hard and hopefully my luck turns soon. I head over to Davos now to do some good altitude training in the mountains until my next race in three weeks.’
The frame of the bike is also cracked so Claude will borrow a bike for the next three weeks during training than get a Stevens bike from his team in Witten.
The injury though has seen Claude withdraw from this Sunday’s (31 May) Dextro Energy ITU World Championships Series in Madrid which means a loss of points and will impact his ranking.