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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Professional Cyclist Ian Boswell Talks Falling Down, Getting Up and the Road Ahead

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2019 at 5:49 PM

Gretchen and Ian Boswell - COURTESY OF IAN BOSWELL
  • Courtesy of Ian Boswell
  • Gretchen and Ian Boswell
One year after riding in the Tour de France, Ian Boswell watched the race in July from his home in Peacham.

The 28-year-old professional cyclist was four months removed from a devastating crash during the Tirreno-Adriatico race in Italy. Knocked unconscious, a helmeted Boswell suffered a severe concussion — his sixth. Afterward, he spent a brief amount of time at his European apartment in Nice, France, before returning home to Vermont to recuperate.

“Following the crash, I didn’t ride for two months, which was the longest I haven’t ridden since I was probably 14 years old,” Boswell said. “It’s always been a part of my life and identity.”

Now about six months removed from the March wreck, Boswell is still working his way back into the saddle. He’s not planning on riding again this year for his team, Katusha Alpecin, and hasn’t been able to train like he would for the pro circuit.

The crash has “thrown a big speed bump into everything,” Boswell said.

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