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Cancellara undergoes surgery, should return in late May

The Swiss champ undergoes surgery to repair his thrice-broken collarbone

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — Swiss champion Fabian Cancellara has had an operation on his broken right collarbone after his fall this weekend in the Tour of Flanders classic, the SportInformation agency said.

The operation in Basel lasted 90 minutes and was without complications, the agency added.

Cancellara suffered multiple fractures to his collarbone during Sunday’s race, which was won by Belgium’s Tom Boonen for a record-equaling third time.

The Swiss Olympic time trial champion, who won Flanders in 2010 and was one of the pre-race favorites for the second one-day monument of the season, fell 62km from the finish.

SportInformation said that he could resume training soon but his classics season, which saw him tipped for a win in the Paris-Roubaix race this Sunday, is likely to have come to a premature end.

RadioShack-Nissan team doctor Andreas Goesele also said he was optimistic about the rider’s recovery and that he could even be back in the saddle and training from Tuesday.

The Swiss daily Le Matin quoted the sporting director of RadioShack, Dirk Demol, as saying that Cancellara will return to competition at the Tour of Bavaria on May 23 or the Tour of Luxembourg on May 30.