Saxo Bank's Breschel injured before yearly 'Survival Camp'
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Saxo Bank's Breschel injured before yearly 'Survival Camp'

by VeloNation Press at 6:56 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling

Team Saxo Bank's Matti Breschel has injured his ankle while out running with the team during their training camp on Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. The Bjarne Riis led squad is on the island to hold their famous "survival camp" with former elite soldier and team advisor B.S. Christiansen.

"I fell over a stone, so now my ankle is swollen," said Breschel to TV 2 Sport. Team doctor Piet de Moor has the Danish national champion icing his injury, and confirmed that his ankle wasn't broken.

While the drills that Christiansen puts the team through haven't begun, it will be interesting to see if he uses the Dane's injury to compliment the rigorous program.  The camp lasts three-days, where the riders will sleep for only 5 hours in total.

Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara is enjoying the calm before the storm, telling, "Hitting [golf] balls on the driving range is fun. I can hit them all, but they don't always go where I want them to."

During the "survival camp" the team is put to the task of solving various conflicts all the while working under stressful and extreme conditions.  An added twist could be working through situations while helping an injured teammate.  Riis has continued with the program for many years, believing the exercise contributes greatly to their cohesiveness as a team.


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