Injured Sanchez determined to make Olympics

09 July 2012 04:16

Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez of Spain said Monday he will "do everything possible" to defend his title in London after crashing out of the Tour de France on Sunday.

"We will do everything we can to make London, but we will see what happens," said Sanchez after tests in Bilbao confirmed he suffered a fractured bone in his right hand and a fractured left shoulder blade when coming down hard during Sunday's eighth stage of the Tour.

"If we can make it, I will go, but if not I will have to stay and recover.

"We will have to wait a while yet to see if the hand can recover and if the pain in my shoulder die down.

"The doctors will tell me when I can get back on a bike," added the 34-year-old Euskaltel rider.

The doctor in Bilbao who treated Sanchez said that his chances of making London depended on the extent of the pain.

"The healing of the bones is one thing, but his physical recovery, how he feels after making an effort and how he gets on supporting himself on the handlebars of the bike is another thing entirely," said Anton Arrien y Fidel Fuentes.

Sanchez's compatriot Oscar Freire, a three-time world road race champion, has already been forced to withdraw from the Olympics after fracturing three ribs and puncturing a lung on the sixth stage of the Tour de France last Friday.

Spanish national cycling coach Jose Luis de Santos confirmed that Freire will need "one month's absolute rest" and added that Franciso Ventoso could take his place in the squad for London.