Hard man Cancellara still in pain

Olympic time trial champion crashed in Saturday’s road race

By Tom Pilcher

LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – Olympic time trial champion Fabian Cancellara still felt pain on a bruised shoulder in training as he bids to defend his title in London after crashing in the men’s road race, the Swiss team said on Monday.

Unable to ride the day after Saturday’s nasty fall, the Swiss four-times time-trial world champion has yet to make a final decision on whether he will compete in the 44km event on Wednesday.

“Fabian Cancellara trained today for the first time since his crash in Saturday’s road race. After two hours of training on his time trial bike over 70 kilometres, the Swiss still feels pain in his right shoulder,” Swiss cycling said in a statement.

“Because of the pain he feels in the time trial position, he will have to make changes to his positioning on the bike. Whether he takes part in the time trial will be announced on Wednesday the latest.”

Cancellara bruised his collarbone after hitting the safety barriers with about 15km to go in the 250km road race, raising fears about his fitness, but he said it was part of the sport.

“I’m a hard man. I’ve had a lot of things already this year,” Cancellara, nicknamed “Spartacus” for his build and strength, told a news conference earlier on Monday.

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