By Susan Westemeyer
Fabian Cancellara has recovered from his shoulder injury sufficiently for Saxo Bank to declare him fit to ride Milano-Sanremo and the subsequent Belgian Classics. However the Danish team has lowered its expectations on his possible performances.
The 2008 Milano-Sanremo winner crashed in early March while training and injured his right shoulder blade, causing him to miss the Vuelta a Murcia. He returned to racing in this week's Tirreno-Adriatico, finishing over seven minutes down in Wednesday's opening stage.
"The shoulder is better," team spokesman Brian Nygaard told Cyclingnews. "It is at least good enough for him to race."
Nygaard added that, "We will assess the situation after Tirreno," but that the current plan is for the Olympic time trial champion to try to defend his victory in Milano-Sanremo, before heading to Dwars door Vlaanderen, the E3 Prijs, the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix.