When you suffer a major injury, fears are plenty. Will I recover 100 %? Will I go back to my old self? Will I regain the same confidence on the bike? These are just some of the questions that Finn Fisher-Black must have asked himself over the last few months, as last May, while racing stage 4 of the Boucles de la Mayenne in France, he suffered a major crash and broke his femur, which meant he had to stay away from racing for eight long months.
It was a bad blow for a rider who, up to that point, was unanimously considered one of the best prospects in cycling. In his native New Zealand, he had excelled on both road and track, convincing none other than Jumbo-Visma, which often spot potential stars before anyone else, to buy him a one-way ticket to Europe and add him to their talent pool. However, when it came to choosing the team with which to go pro, Fisher-Black opted for UAE Team Emirates, leaving the Dutch squad somewhat stunned. After all, choosing between the two strongest teams in the world is a luxury granted to few.
Thus, together with the Emirates team, he began a process of growth that, everyone hoped, would lead him to become one of the team’s key riders within a short time. “I would like to become a stage race rider, also exploiting my time trial qualities,” said Fisher-Black shortly before his injury. Then, as mentioned, bad luck came along, and Finn would not make it back on the road before 2023. Tour Down Under, Volta ao Algarve, Volta a Catalunya, and now Giro di Sicilia, with the hope of regaining those feelings and performances that were beginning to make him known.