LONDON (AFP) — Reigning Olympic time trial champion Fabian Cancellara could be forced to pull out of the London Games after crashing during the men’s road race on Saturday.
The Swiss slammed hard into a barrier after overcooking a right-hand bend as he led a leading group late in the 249.5km race, eventually won by Alexander Vinokourov of Kazakhstan.
Although he went on to finish the race in 106th place, Cancellara was left with cuts and grazes and a suspected injured shoulder.
A subsequent X-ray found bruising to his right shoulder but no fractures, suggesting that “Spartacus” could start Wednesday’s race against the clock.
Officials with the Swiss delegation said, however, that 31-year-old Cancellara remains “uncertain” for the time trial. The four-time world time trial champion fractured his collarbone earlier this season during a heavy crash at the Tour of Flanders, and another such fracture likely would have sidelined him.