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Cancellara: ‘I feel like a cycling tourist’ — Het Nieuwsblad
Fabian Cancellara is finally back on his bike and training at full throttle, following four weeks of recovery from a broken collarbone at the Tour of Flanders. The RadioShack-Nissan rider’s recovery took longer than expected.
“I thought a collarbone heals quickly,” he said. “The break was one thing; it was the damage around it which was greater than expected. Shoulder, ligaments, muscles, everything was lost.”
“I was hopeful after my surgery,” he added. “The pain quickly disappeared, after a week I no longer took painkillers. Everything went well, then I began to feel the shoulder.”
“I am not searching for another sitting position on the bike. The handlebars and saddle are different than I am. I must sit upright as much as possible, or it is not comfortable. I feel like a cycling tourist on a bike.”
Van den Broeck explores Vosges Tour stage — Gazet Van Antwerpen
Lotto-Belisol’s best GC hope for the Tour de France, Jurgen Van den Broeck, explored the Vosges stages of the Tour de France this week. He rode the 38km time trial that will mark stage 9 twice, as well as the climbs of stage 8 and the Belles Filles climb of stage seven.
“Jurgen rode the time trial twice,” said director Herman Frison. “The beginning is fairly flat, but then there are some tough hills in the course.”
“Stage seven will rank the riders for the first time, they will throw their cards on the table,” Frison said. “The climb (up Belles Filles) is very steep with sections at 13 percent, and is six miles long with alternating good and bad asphalt. Jurgen climbed it twice.”
Stage 8 may be a day for an escape, Frison said. “The trip to Porrentruy comes after the first uphill finish in La Planche des Belles Filles, and before the time trial. The course has wide roads, but with four climbs, two each of second and third category. Possibly an early escape will make it to the end, given the favorites will be tired from the day before and will have the time trial in mind.”
Fränk Schleck to go for ‘top five at the Giro’ — Le Quotidien
Though Fränk Schleck’s primary goal in riding the Giro d’Italia is to build form for the Tour de France, he says he will contest the general classification and aim for a top-five result. RadioShack brass called the Luxembourger up at the last minute as Jakob Fuglsang was pulled from the team’s roster due to a knee injury.
“I will do everything for a top-five finish,” he said. “But I know it will not be easy. I you ride the Giro in preparation for the Tour, it is difficult to play a leading role.”
“After the call from Johan Bruyneel, I looked at the climbs, the profiles,” he added. “I was relieved to see that the first week is fairly quiet, even though I know the prologue has never been my thing.”