Olympics ‘too early’ for recovering Schleck

Schleck experimenting with new, more upright position, but in no rush to return to racing

LA TOUSSUIRE, France (AFP) — The RadioShack-Nissan team said Thursday that its former Tour de France champion Andy Schleck would likely miss the Olympics because of a slow recovery from a fractured pelvis.
Schleck, awarded the 2010 yellow jersey after the disqualification of Alberto Contador, failed to make this year’s Tour after suffering the injury when he was blown off his bike at the Critérium du Dauphiné in early June.
In recent weeks the Luxembourg climbing specialist has tried to ride his bike, but had to get off because of the pain.
RadioShack says he is now unlikely to be fit in time for the Olympics road race on July 28 — a race for which he was not among the favorites.
“We’re very confident that Andy will return to racing in the course of the current season, but it’s unclear when and where,” said team manager Johan Bruyneel. “The only certainty seems his absence from the Olympics, because they really come too early.”
A day after undergoing new scans in Basel, Switzerland, Schleck added in the team statement: “I went on my bike for the first time three weeks after the crash, but I had to step off almost immediately.
“The recovery is not going as fast as I had hoped for, but the examinations yesterday (Wednesday) have shown it’s going in the right direction.”
Team head doctor Andreas Goesele said the “fracture is not fully healed yet.”
Bruyneel said despite adapting Schleck’s riding position there was no rush for him to be back racing.
“We have looked into a slightly different bike position for Andy now. The handlebar is basically positioned higher, so there’s less pressure on the hip,” said the Belgian.
“The level of pain involved will determine how much workload he can take, but one thing is clear: the healing is priority number one and we’ll adapt his schedule to that.”