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Having been forced to miss the spring Classics due to the transverse process fractures he suffered to two vertebrae bones of the lower back at the end of March, Fabian Cancellara has been able to resume training.
The Trek Factory Racing rider fell heavily in the E3 Harelbeke race on March 27, being forced to retire from the event. X-rays and CT scans subsequently confirmed the damage and made participation in the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix impossible.
“There is nothing you can do with this injury – no cast, no surgery – but just biting the pain,” said Cancellara at the time.
There was better news for the Swiss rider on Tuesday.
— Fabian cancellara (@f_cancellara) April 21, 2015
Contacted by CyclingTips, a Trek Factory Racing spokesman confirmed the news
“It’s going alright,” he stated. “He’s had another medical check today. Pedalling isn’t at it should ideally be, just yet, but we’re optimistic.”
At this point in time it is unclear when he will return to racing. “We haven’t made the final call on where he will come back,” he said.
CyclingTips understands that the initial scenario was that he would return in the Tour of the Fjords in Norway. The team confirmed that he will indeed take part, but if his recovery is going well there is a possibility that he could return earlier.
The Spring Classics were amongst Cancellara’s top season goals. He said during the off season that he wanted to take a broader approach this year, though, explaining that he had decided that concentrating on just a small number of races was not the best tactic.
He had tried to do so last season, putting a lot of work into his buildup for the world road race championships. As a result he passed over opportunities to chase results in other races and when the worlds didn’t go to plan, he was left short.
He said in January that he wouldn’t do that again. “It is just [the case that] I want to get back racing, getting a number on. To kick ass and enjoy.”
Even so, Cancellara will likely have some big races in mind where he particularly wants to do well. Stages in the Tour de France are almost certainly amongst them, including the cobblestoned fifth stage, while the world championship course in Richmond, Virginia, could be ideal for him.
Taking the road rainbow jersey has been a long-running dream for him, and finally securing gold in that event would more than make up for his spring Classics disappointment. Battling back to bigger success is the best way to rebound from the disappointment of the E3 Harelbeke fall.