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Boardman dismisses tour chances

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Posted: Friday July 10, 1998 05:19 PM

  Chris Boardman in action during the Men's Seniors Time Trial at the 1997 World Cycling Championships (Graham Chadwick/Allsport)

LONDON (Reuters) -- Britain's hope Chris Boardman cast doubts over his Tour de France chances Monday.

After consulting a specialist Boardman said, "I will be going to the Tour but I am not expecting a great deal."

Boardman did not disclose his problem, saying, "It is complicated, but my ability to recover has gone downhill steeply. My body is quite fragile. There is no quick fix. It is going to take a few months."

Since his winning debut in the Lille prologue four years ago, Boardman has experienced mixed tour fortunes. He crashed out on the first day in 1995 with fractures to an ankle and wrist, but placed 39th in the 1996 tour.

After taking the prologue in Rouen last year he had to quit on stage 13 after displacing two vertebrae in a spill.

Boardman experienced some success in his final build-up for the 3,850 kilometer (1,864.2 mile) tour and his main target for honors was Saturday's opening 5.6 kilometer (3.4798 mile) time trial through the streets of Dublin.


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