Will Cancellara be fit for TT after fall?

Star says only 50/50 after tumble on home stretch

by Sarah Barth   July 29, 2012  

Fabian Cancellara, from his Twitter page

The Swiss great, Fabian Cancellara, may not be fit for his Olympic time trial event on Wednesday after taking a tumble just a few kilometres from the finish line of the Olympic men's road race yesterday.

Viewers gasped in shock as the rider missed his line on a corner and went headfirst into the crash barriers.

He was up and on his bike again a few minutes later, but resting his wrist on the bars and holding himself in a way that made many conclude that he had broken his collarbone for the second time this season.

When the medical car arrived, it was the end any hopes of placing for a medal for Cancellaral, who eventually finished in 106th place.

On his Twitter, the rider showed the extent of his ambitions for the race when he wrote under the hashtag #goldmedalplanwasover "right corner finished my perfect day."

With his typical grace he mentioned all his teammates and his coach, saying:

"Big thanks to our #swisscoach @LGCycling you can be proud.our tactic went perfect until my crash."

Later on though, the pain and frustration were beginning to show. In the evening he wrote that he was waiting for medical attention.

He said: "Have no words left.The tears are stronger then the pain. Now we are waiting in the policlinic in the athletvillage for the X-ray. #letspray"

Then, last thing at night, hope for fans as he revealed that there was no broken bone, but still no promises of a return:

"Looks like a hard night with a lots of pain.happy is not broken but the pain will be on!For the timetrial nothing is shure yet 50/50change"

Cancellara, who won gold in Beijing, is scheduled to defend his title in the Olympic time trial on Wednesday.

He would be up against Bradley Wiggins, who is a firm hopeful for the gold from Team GB, although some are concerned that he gave too much of himself yesterday attempting to deliver Cavendish to the finish line to be up to a win.

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Just up from the corner, he doesn't look happy... https://picasaweb.google.com/111020635431039941596/2012LondonOlympicCycl...

Of course the autofocus on the camera decided the mechanic was more important!

posted by guidob [54 posts]
29th July 2012 - 11:01

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All the best to Fab... wouldn't be a TT if he's not riding.

"Wiggins... some are concerned that he gave too much of himself yesterday...". Come on, he blew everyone away in the TdF after 3 weeks of pergatory... do you really believe a 5 hour ride on Saturday will overly affect him on Weds? Give the guy some credit.

posted by shot18 [55 posts]
29th July 2012 - 11:13

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the road race may have actually helped him if his body recovers from the hard day well.

posted by jamjam [61 posts]
29th July 2012 - 16:12

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+1 shot18

posted by Celeste08 [38 posts]
29th July 2012 - 19:00

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Ditto the other 2 ^^

3 weeks at the tour and preforming like he did on saturday.... Brads made of stronger stuff than that...

posted by martyntr [107 posts]
30th July 2012 - 8:35

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