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Two articles I have read recently meshed in my mind.

Sport free magazine from last Friday 20th March

Special Report on British Cycling Success

http://www.sport-magazine.co.uk/More.../Special-report-Cycle-of-success.html

“If it’s all so compassionate, what’s this story we heard about plans to break Ed Clancy’s collarbone? “Oh, that one,” Brailsford laughs. “We were working on aerodynamic riding positions and somebody jokingly said: ‘If we could just get rid of a bit of your collarbone here, that might help.’ Ed was up for it, but then somebody said ‘what the hell are we talking about?’ and the madness stopped.””

And today’s news about Lance Armstrong:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/cycling/7961578.stm

“A scan revealed Armstrong's collarbone had fragmented into "multiple pieces" following the crash, which happened about 12 miles from the finish of the first stage of the five-day Vuelta event.
He will be operated on by Austin-based specialist Doug Elenz on Wednesday.
"The (scan) showed the clavicle in quite a few more pieces than we originally thought," said Armstrong.
"There will definitely be a plate placed on the top of the clavicle so he (Elenz) can anatomically put all this stuff back together."”

So how long before L’Equipe runs an “Armstrong rebuilds clavicle for aerodynamic advantage” story…?

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