Cycling Boardman back in the saddle

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Boardman back in the saddle

Chris Boardman, the Olympic pursuit champion, launches his comeback today in a Cheshire forest. Boardman broke an ankle and a wrist when he crashed on the first day of the Tour de France more than three months ago. But today the Gan professional, who has been training in earnest for the past three weeks, lines up in the Merseyside Wheelers' invitation TT over a 28-mile course in the Delamere Forest area. Boardman, a winner of the event six times in the past, is planning to ease himself back into the saddle and will not be aiming to break any records on his home roads. He said: "It's just a run-out. I know the course and it will be dodgy if it rains, so I just want to get round." At the world championships in Colombia, the veteran Jeannie Longo of France won the women's road race title for the fifth time yesterday despite riding with a huge gash in her right leg after crashing early in the race.