Albor wins first round of UCI/European Handbike Circuit Competition

March 10, 2009, 11:40 a.m. (ET)
AL-AIN, United Arab Emirates - U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Team member Alejandro Albor (Elk Grove, Calif.) won the first round of the 2009 European Handbike Circuit in Al-Ain, UAE, March 6-8.

Competing for the first time since his silver medal performance at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing and following a six week departure from training after shoulder surgery in November, Albor surprised himself with the overall win.

"I came here with goals of assessing the health of my shoulder, evaluating early season fitness and honing my racing tactics against the world's best," said Albor. "These guys raced me really hard. This result reassures me that I am back on track and only increases my focus and commitment to my training. I now look forward to returning to the U.S. to resume my preparation for the World Championships in Sevilla Spain, with the mindset of regaining the world title I won in 2006."

Albor will relocate from Sacramento, Calif. to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. in early April in order to maximize his preparations.