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Chloé Dygert is back, says US track coach

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (UN) – Chloe Dygert is back – just ask coach Gary Sutton’s stopwatch.

Sutton, head of USA Cycling’s track endurance program, recently told VeloNews that Dygert is on track to reach his top form at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, just eight months after one horror breakdown at the UCI World Championships on the way in 2020, Dygert left with career-threatening injuries.

“She has some work to do, but Chloé is back,” Sutton said VeloNews. “It has been a slow process and I was not sure what was going to happen and now it is a real buzz to see her on the pitch. My stopwatch tells me everything I need to know and she is in a very good position. ”

Now, Dygert plans to compete in next week’s U.S. professional time trial championships in Knoxville, Tennessee, to test her fitness as she completes her training for Tokyo. Dygert is on the list of registered athletes for the individual time trial, but she is not on the list for the criterion or the road race.

VeloNews recently participated in part of a training session with the American Women’s Endurance Program and saw Dygert run through several intervals at the 7-Eleven Velodrome in Colorado Springs. Dygert was not available for comment between his interval sets. After each effort, Dygert gasped for air and had to be helped by his bike. A jagged scar now extends over Dygert’s left thigh just above the knee.

Sutton, who took over the program in 2017, said Dygert’s exhaustion after each effort was another sign that she is back to her old physical self. Dygert has built a reputation for being able to push himself to extreme levels during training sessions.

“She is now able to do this in the laboratory as well – she falls off the trainer or vomits in a bucket,” Sutton said. “It’s old Chloé.”

Sutton’s comments and Dygert’s training success are signs that she has recovered from the frightening crash in Imola, Italy. Dygert went in as the defending world champion, and after overcooking a corner, she slammed into a railing before coming to rest in a field along the road. The shock with the metal protection cut Dygert’s right thigh open, and photos of her in immediate depth showed a gaping wound over her knee. She was unable to finish the race and was instead flown to a hospital in Bologna, where she underwent surgery to repair cut and damaged ligaments.

In the days following the crash, U.S. Cycling officials said she was expected to recover fully. How long it would take, however, was not known. In interviews after the crash, Dygert stated that she intended to recover in time for the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo.

Sutton said USA Cycling’s coaches and medical staff have adopted a cautious strategy for Dygert’s comeback over the past few months. While Dygert has in recent days been trained back for a two-day training session, her training up to this point has been determined by her recovery.

“She has been smart and there have been sessions where we have backed up,” Sutton said. “We are still worried. We trust her honest feedback after every effort and she is smart and gives it to us. We try to be careful so she does not get hurt or go the other way. ”

Dygert moves into the Olympics in 2021 with a complete list of events, and on Thursday she was officially named for the American team competing in Tokyo. She plans to compete in the women’s road race, the individual time trial and the Team Pursuit event on the track, where she is the anchor rider. The full slate will likely test Dygert’s endurance and focus as well as her body health.

Sutton said Dygert still has room to improve in the final push for the Olympics. She has about six weeks left until the women’s road race. Sutton said he is confident Dygert will be ready for the races.

“Right now it’s about getting her stronger – we’re not where we need to be with her, but she wants to be where she needs to be in 50 days,” Sutton said. “Her attitude is fantastic. No one trains harder than her, I can tell you that now. It’s special, and it’s not a show. ”

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