It seems that bad luck does come in threes and it couldn’t have come at a worse time for Fabian Cancellara.
Last week’s Tour of Flanders winner and the favorite for Sunday’s Paris Roubaix has apparently fallen getting out of his hotel room shower this morning.
The classics superstar escaped with minor injuries — a scrap to his shin and a bruise on the elbow — but it’s the third time in a week that Cancellara has hit the deck.
In a press conference in Bruges today he said, “I hope with three crashes that all my bad luck is over with!”
Cancellara crashed going 55 kph in Scheldeprijs, then during the recon of the Roubaix cobblestone he took a low-spped tumble, falling on his left hip and elbow. Not the ideal lead-up for a rider who hopes to complete the Flanders-Roubaix double like rival Tom Boonen accomplished last season.
The latest bathroom crash has already generated a new nickname — SpartaKlutz, a twist on his familiar Spartacus title.
However, the RadioShack captain remains confident even if he’s not 100%. “I’m lucky to be sitting here and looking forward to Sunday. I don’t know if I feel 100 per cent good like last week,” he said. “I’m damaged from the crashes and that bathroom was a dangerous situation.”
The bathroom slip occurred at his room in the Hotel Weinebrugge. Wet bathroom tile and a moments loss of attention caused Cancellara to lose his balance and smack the floor.
This latest incident has further compromised Cancellara’s condition but he remains the man to beat. “I’m starting handicapped. I’ll do what I have to do,” he said. “I can’t worry about what happened in the bathroom.”
Team manager Luca Guercilena insists that his star rider will still be his dominating self on Sunday. “The bathroom crash was a set-back but not too terrible — he could have hit his head on the toilet. So we count ourselves lucky. Fabian will be sure to wipe the competition tomorrow on the cobbles.”