Alpine Skiing - Grange delays comeback, will miss Val d'Isere

Jean-Baptiste Grange will not ski his home slalom in Val d'Isere after deciding to delay his return to World Cup action from injury.

Alpine Skiing - Grange delays comeback, will miss Val d'Isere

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2011 Jean-Baptiste Grange

The French slalom specialist is recovering from surgery on his right knee at the end of March, two years after having first gone under the knife.

The 28-year-old had targeted Val d'Isere as the venue to make his long-awaited return to the slopes, but the demanding nature of the course prompted him to change his plans.

"I do not feel 100 per cent ready yet even if the development is going in the right direction but unfortunately it would be a bit too premature for Val d’Isère," Grange said.

"The face on Bellevarde is a challenge both physically and technically. I do not have enough training days under my belt to be competitive. That's why I prefer to continue to train and prepare myself properly before returning to completion.

The 2005 slalom title winner will now concentrate on preparing himself for the World Cup events at either Madonna di Campiglia in Italy on Decembert 18 or more probably on January 6 in Zagreb.

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