What a season for Aaron Grosser
The young cycling talent from Hamm has experienced all the ups and downs of a cycling career in one season. Although he only raced until June, he became the most successful athlete in a German continental team on the Radsport News annual ranking, the largest German-speaking news portal on cycling. BIKE AID with Nikodemus Holler was already at the top in 2018 and 2017.
In April, BIKE AID newcomer Aaron Grosser was able to make an international appearance for the first time. In the race Belgrade Banjaluka, he finished second in the overall standings same time with the winner, a Category 1 tour of the UCI Europe Tour.
Shortly thereafter, he celebrated his first UCI victory at the Tour of Mersin in Turkey. Two more podium places followed at the Tour of Mesopotamia and at the beginning of May he was on the podium of a UCI race of the UCI Europe Tour allready 6 times.
Meeting with the world leaders
With much confidence, he went to the Route d'Occitanie in the French Pyrenees, an immediate preparatory race for the Tour de France. While the current world champion, Alejandro Valverde, set out to win the overall ranking for this tour, Aaron put everything in on the second stage. Aaron started promisingly for the sprint against the French Tour de France stage winner Arnaud Démare, was 300m from the finish on direction to a podium, before he hit a barrier with high speed.
6 months rehabilitation
The result: Open tibia fracture and end of the 2019 season. 6 months of flying high followed by 6 months of pain, hospital and rehabilitation. Aaron was on the verge of a contract with a World Tour team, had his most successful season so far and had to tremble to continue his career.
2020 back in the race
What is impressive, however, is what the young man made of this disappointment. With his motivation, he swept away his entire environment. Giving up was out of the question for him. He struggled through rehab every day and enjoyed the liberating moment when he could throw his crutches away. In 2020 he will be at the start again in the BIKE AID jersey and the whole team will support him to be able to continue his success.