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Cancellara escapes unharmed after training crash with a car

  • By Gregor Brown
  • Published Jan. 14, 2014
Fabian Cancellara is targeting the classics and the hour record this season. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com

MILAN (VN) — Fabian Cancellara continues training in Mallorca, Spain, despite crashing over the weekend. He collided with a car on home roads in Bern, Switzerland, before traveling to the Trek Factory Racing camp.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reported Tuesday that the classics champion crashed this weekend, not saying which day. The Italian newspaper said a car cut him off and caused the incident. The 32-year-old Swiss rider suffered scrapes and bruises on his left side but continued riding.

Cancellara traveled to Mallorca as planned for Trek’s training camp. This morning, he wrote on Twitter that he plans a long training ride today.

“Nothing to worry about,” team general manager Luca Guercilena told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “We’ve backed off his training a bit to work on his base.”

The newspaper reported that the team notified its physiotherapist Gianluca Carretta. Given that Cancellara escaped with scrapes and bruises, Carretta is not due to travel to Mallorca.

Aiming for the classics

Cancellara placed third at Milano-Sanremo and won Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) and Paris-Roubaix last year. He plans to target the classics again in 2014.

At the team presentation in Roubaix, France, Guercilena said he wants the team to win classics and finish on the podium at the Tour de France. Cancellara has won Flanders twice and Roubaix three times. If he wins on the Roubaix velodrome again, he would equal the record of four victories held by Belgians Roger De Vlaeminck and Tom Boonen.

Staying upright plays an important part in Cancellara’s success. In the 2012 edition of Flanders, he crashed and broke his right collarbone in four spots. During reconnaissance of the Paris-Roubaix course last year, he also tumbled. Similar to this weekend’s crash, it was more of a scare and he continued.

On track

Cancellara is on track for the classics but also the hour record. Guercilena said in December that Cancellara would attempt to break the current record this year.

Ondrej Sosenka holds the record of 49.700 kilometers, set in Moscow on July 19, 2005. Cancellara has yet to set a date, but Guercilena said that it would be in the two-week period after Paris-Roubaix or the Tour. However, Cancellara remains coy.

“I have many ambitions, not just one,” Cancellara said at the presentation. “The hour record is something we have talked about but nothing has been decided.”

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown

Bikes kept Gregor Brown out of trouble growing up in Oklahoma — BMX, freestyle and then watching Greg LeMond's Tour de France wins on CBS television's weekend highlights shows. The drama of the 1998 Tour, however, truly drew him into the fold. With a growing curiosity in European races and lifestyle, he followed his heart and established camp on Lake Como's shores in 2004. Brown has been following the Giro, the Tour and every major race in Europe since 2006. He will tell you it is about the "race within the race" – punching out the news and running to finish – but he loves a proper dinner, un piatto tipico ed un vino della zona.

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