Cyclist Sam Lane to make return from broken collarbone in Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic

BACK ON TRACK: Warrnambool cyclist Sam Lane is ready for a tilt at the Melbourne to Warrnambool race as he makes his way back from a broken collarbone.
BACK ON TRACK: Warrnambool cyclist Sam Lane is ready for a tilt at the Melbourne to Warrnambool race as he makes his way back from a broken collarbone.

WARRNAMBOOL cyclist Sam Lane is confident fatigue from a heavy training schedule won’t impact his chances in Saturday’s Melbourne to Warrnambool.

The 21-year-old has had to cram longer rides later in his preparation as he makes his way back from a broken collarbone suffered in late July, during the Tour of the Great South Coast.

“I resumed training five days after that on what we call an indoor trainer, but I think it was five weeks after that I got back on the road riding again,” Lane said.

“The last couple of weeks, I’ve tried to put in a fair few long kilometres (to get my fitness back up).

“I’m going to go into the race a little bit fatigued from training the last week, but I should be OK.”

Saturday’s 277km race starts out at Werribee, ending at the iconic finish line on Warrnambool’s Raglan Parade.

Lane, who has finished 21st in his first two outings in the cycling classic, will again represent team Anchor Point South Coast, alongside his brother Matt, Daniel Herrewyn, Asheligh Key, Nicholas Leonard and Dylan Lindsey.

“I’ve got five teammates about me for support, which is good,” he said.

“I know how the race works, I know what I have to do, which I have to be for it.

“I know my way home. I know the course like the back of my hand.”

Saturday’s classic will be Lane’s only race before January, with a heavy training schedule planned in the lead-up to the under 23 national championship series.