The 26-year-old American had been recovering at home in Virginia but returned to racing today in Spain, where he finished with a large group of riders 6:43 down on stage winner Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis). Volta a Catalunya is King’s first race of the season.
“Ben has been incredibly hard working and diligent in his rehabilitation and training,” said Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “While his crash was disheartening, to see how dedicated and focused he’s been in his return shows a person with true love for his sport.”
King said the Spanish WorldTour race, which ventures into the Pyrénées later this week, will provide a proper test for his recovery.
“This week will be a good indicator of how my recovery has progressed and what I need to work on,” said King. “I know it will be hard, but I’ve never done an easy race.”
King earned Cannondale’s first win of the 2015 season last March at the Criterium International, a three-stage, two-day race that starts on March 26 this year.
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