- Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara gestures after a press conference on April 3, 2012 in Basel after an operation on his broken right collarbone following his fall last weekend in the Tour of Flanders classic. AFP Photo/Fabrice Coffini
- Fabian Cancellara's fractured collarbone. Photo: RadioShack-Nissan/Crossklinik
BASEL, Switzerland (AFP) — Swiss champion Fabian Cancellara said Tuesday that his build-up to the London Olympics would continue unchanged despite having undergone surgery for a four-part fracture of his right
The Olympic time trial champion sustained the injury in a fall during last weekend’s Tour of Flanders, which was won by Belgium’s Tom Boonen for a record-equalling third time.
RadioShack-Nissan team doctor Andreas Goesele explained that a “more natural” clavicle pin had been used to put the bone together during surgery rather than using a plate and screws.
“The pin will be removed once the fracture is completely healed, at the very earliest in six weeks’ time. But this is really a small routine operation,” Goesele said, adding that Cancellara would in theory be fit enough to ride on the trainer.
“I’m happy that the surgery went so well but I’m still in pain. I’m going to rest a couple of days, maybe even a week, and then resume training,” said Cancellara. “I had two major goals this season: the classics and the Olympics. The spring campaign is unfortunately over for me now. Because I had planned a break after the classics anyway, my build-up towards London will not change.
“The plan is that I return to competition in May, possibly the Bayern Rundfahrt, as I did last year.”
Cancellara was matter-of-fact about the crash, saying it was “part of cycling, and in a way it’s also part of life”.
“I have been working really hard in the last four months to be in the best shape possible for the big races and I’m confident that I would have performed well,” he said. “However, I’m glad I only broke my collarbone and that everything else is ok. I’ll be back.”
He added that the fact his wife Stephanie was expecting a second baby meant he was “even more motivated to train hard and aim high for the Olympics.”