Fabian Cancellara Honing in Time-Trial Form for Summer Olympics in July

Michael Hatamoto@MhatamotoContributor IIIJune 16, 2012

SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO, ITALY - MARCH 13:  Fabian Cancellara of Radioshack Nissan Trek during the stage seven of the 2012 Tirreno-Adriatico on March 13, 2012 in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Time-trial specialist Fabian Cancellara is recovering well from a broken collarbone that ended his spring classics season, while Spartacus looks ahead to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

After breaking his collarbone during the Tour of Flanders in April 1, Cancellara had to rest and recover, which he admitted was a rather surreal feeling while not racing.

During the Tour de Suisse, Cancellara finished second in the Stage 1 prologue, trailing winner Peter Sagan by a mere four seconds. Again, Cancellara showed his form by finishing second during the Stage 7 time trial, losing out to Fredrik Kessiakoff by just two seconds.

Prior to the Olympics, Cancellara will ride the Tour de France in support of Frank Schleck as Cancellara himself tweaks his time-trial form. 

The three-week race will feature three time trials, and it’s expected Cancellara will put in a good effort each time on the time-trial bike. However, the Swiss rider hasn’t done any reconnaissance of the Tour time trials, and has instead focused his attention on London.

Cancellara won a gold medal in the individual time trial during the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the bronze medal during the men’s road race. He was eventually given the silver medal after rider Davide Rebellin was suspended for doping.

This July in London, Cancellara again hopes to focus on the time trial, and wants to ensure his form is as good as it can be for the event. If he’s found good form—and is pain-free while riding the bike—it’s difficult to stop him when he’s on the time-trial bike.

During the road race, however, it’s truly anyone’s race, so he won’t be able to win if his form isn’t top notch.