Fabian Cancellara?s Tour of Flanders campaign ended early on Sunday with a broken chain as he started the Koppenburg climb.
It turned out to be an inauspicious start for the Saxo Bank team which has only recently switched groupset supplier from Shimano to SRAM.
Cycling Weekly spotted Cancellara in the pits after the race explaining to SRAM?s team liaison representative how it had snapped soon after he?d shifted from the 23 to the 25 tooth sprocket.
He also explained that he was not changing at the time, and whilst obviously pushing hard, he wasn?t attacking.
Cancellara was philosophical about the incident that wrecked his chances on the day but seemed insistent that he did not want it to happen again. SRAM replied that they would send his chain to the lab for analysis.
“It was unfortunate, the chain broke,” said a spokesman. “Fabian Cancellara was racing his bike full gas as he always does. We are currently investigating all possibilities and stand behind our product 100%. We will do everything we can to support Fabian and team Saxo Bank with the technology that let’s them to do their work”.
ISSUES WITH THE NEW DURA ACE?
Saxo Bank?s decision to change groupset supplier mid-way through the Classics season is certainly an unusual one.
Cycling Weekly has also heard grumblings from another high profile team about the Dura Ace 7900 groupset.
Above: Cancellara explaining the incident that put him out of the race
Above: Cancellara shouldering his bike up the Koppenburg
A spoof SRAM website page shows Cancellara after the incident: http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/download.php?id=30649