Cycling - Hoogerland targeting May return

Johnny Hoogerland is planning a return to racing in early May after being released from hospital on Sunday.

The Vacansoleil-DCM rider had been seriously injured when hit by a car during a training ride in Mallorca two weeks ago, sustaining spinal fractures, five broken ribs and liver injuries.

There is still some doubt over whether Hoogerland will be able to return to racing at all - doctors have been unable to confirm whether his liver will heal fully - but the Dutchman is upbeat about his hopes of making a full recovery, a process which can at least begin now that he is back home.

"I am delighted to be able to return home and will begin with walking and exercises from the physiotherapist." he said.

Team manager Daan Luijkx is also hoping to get his rider back quickly.

"Of course we will miss him this spring, but he's motivated and in good hands to get up there again soon," he said. "(We want) to bring him back so that he can show what he is capable of as a rider."