Boardman Wins Silver Medal in 'Nightmare'
Robin Nicholl reports from Lugano, The Independent (London, England)
Rain dampened Chris Boardman's desire for a golden finish to a season that many would regard as a career's worth of achievement. After finishing second to Switzerland's Alex Zulle in the World Time Trial Championship here yesterday, Boardman admitted he was still haunted by his crash in last year's Tour de France when on rain-soaked roads he fell, breaking a wrist and ankle.
"I was scarred by the experience," he said. "I would not say it scared me but it has taken away my confidence. I used to attack riders on mountain descents in the rain but now I struggle to stay with them. I find myself looking down watching for manhole covers instead of looking ahead."
In two weeks' time he is having two five-centimetre surgical pins removed from his ankle. "Perhaps after that I can beat this nightmare, and stop thinking about it so much." His morale fell as fast as the rain when he looked out of his hotel window at breakfast time. …