British rider Sharon Laws forced to abandon Ladies Tour of Qatar with collarbone fracture
Sharon Laws of Team Bigla abandoned the Ladies Tour of Qatar before it started today from the sandy outskirts of Al Zubarah’s fort due to a broken collarbone resulting from a crash in yesterday’s stage one.
“She will visit a sports specialist later,” said Sports Director Manel Lacambra, “then we’ll know for sure.”
Laws went to the hospital last night, but initial exams were inconclusive. She stayed at the hotel in Doha when her team-mates left for the second of four stages.
The 40-year-old Brit began the Ladies Tour of Qatar to support team leader Shelly Olds. After Laws crashed, she climbed back on her bicycle and insisted on finishing the stage. She placed 80th behind the stage winner Annalisa Cucinotta (Alé-Cipollini).
“I said, ‘No, get in the car.’ But she insisted,” continued Lacambra outside the fort in Qatar’s north.
“She saw the doctor, took a pill for the pain, but every time over the speed bumps, I could see she was in pain and had a hard time holding the handlebars. But that shows the characters of the women in cycling, they know they want to finish the stage and continue.”
Lacambra explained that Laws could return in time for the classics assuming she has a broken collarbone and surgery.
“I’m sure she’ll be back strong because loves to fight,” he added.
“After the classics, the big goal is the women’s Giro d’Italia. I’d like to see her on top form in the Giro.”
The 2016 Rio Olympic Games, after not being selected for the 2012 team, could become Laws’ last big goal.
“I think she can continue for sure through 2016, it’s not her age, but her head that counts. She’s not tired in her head and she’s still riding well. When she stops enjoying it, then she’ll stop,” he added.
“I know she wants to continue to the 2016 Olympics. Rio is supposed to be hard, so why won’t they take her?”