Fabian Cancellara, the professional cycle racer for Switzerland’s UCI ProTeam RadioShack –Leopard resumed his career earlier this month after recovering from the severe injuries to his right shoulder from last year’s London Olympics road accident.
RadioShack had earlier released a tentative list of members who will make the team for this year’s Tour of Qatar. Their team manger made a statement saying Cancellara will be the leader for the spring classics campaign for 2013.
The six days Tour of Qatar which started on February 3rd and continued till the 8th, marked Cancellara’s first performance after he was deemed fit by the medical officials to resume his career. He said he would be using the Qatar tour to prepare himself for the spring classics.
Earlier this month the entire sports community was buzzing with rumours which claimed that Cancellara had backed out from this year’s Tour de France.
At a press conference held to mark the end of the third stage of the Qatar tour, the four times cycle race world champion rubbished these rumours asking the press not to rely on such news. On being asked if he was indeed thinking of not participating in the France tour, he said that he will be not making any decision until the spring classics campaign was over for him, thus putting an end to the controversy which was started by the Swiss newspaper Blick.
Cancellara said that “The main focus will be the classics,” he further added”…and the rest of the season? We leave it for now.”
Cancellara who was the world individual Time Trial champion for 2010; said regaining the title isn’t one of his priorities this year. He also added that he has no ambition for the time trial but he has huge ambitions for the classics (spring classics).