Fabian Cancellara was born on the 18th of March in the year 1981. He is a professional road cyclist and races for the UCI ProTeam Leopard Trek. Fabian Cancellara is a Swiss cyclist. He specializes in time trial and has won the World Time Trial Championship four times. He is also the current gold medal winner. Fabian Cancellara has won the Paris-Roubaix, the Tour of Flanders, the Tirreno-Adriatico, the Milan-San Remo, the Monte Paschi Eroica and the Tour de Suisse. He has also won four prologues of the prestigious Tour de France.
Fabian Cancellara was born near Berne in Switzerland to a set of Italian parents. He found an old bike at his family garage and fell in love with the sport of cycling. He gave up football in order to focus on cycling. His skills in this sport began to develop from a very early stage and dominated the junior cycling events in Switzerland. His coach, Yvan Girard, said that Fabian Cancellara was much better than any other junior cyclist in time trials. He also went on to win the junior World Time Trial Championship in the years 1998 and 1999. When he was 19, he placed second at the prestigious 2000 Under 23 World Time Trial Championship. After this brilliant performance, he turned professional and started racing for Mapei-Quick Step.
Fabian Cancellara started off riding as a stagiaire for Mapei-Quick Step in the year 2000. His first professional victory came in the year 2001 where he won the prologue of the Tour of Rhodes. He was described as the future Miguel Indurain. He won several individual time trial events and achieved eleven victories.
At the end of the 2002 season, Fabian Cancellara joined the team Fassa Bortolo. He won the prologues at the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de Romandie. He also finished in the fourth place at the classic Paris-Roubaix. Fabian Cancellara also won the prologue at the prestigious Tour de France, thus winning the yellow jersey as he finished first ahead the likes of Lance Armstrong. He kept this jersey for two stages. He then went on to win at the Tour de Luxembourg, an individual time trial. He also registered victories at the Tour of Qatar and at Setmana Catalana.
At the start of the 2011 season, Fabian Cancellara was considered as the favourite to win the Tour of Flanders, E3 Harelbeke and the Paris-Roubaix. He switched to Leopard Trek and went on to win the E3 Harelbeke all by himself and thus earned the nickname ‘Superman’. This was because of his unstoppable and unnatural power.
Fabian Cancellara got involved in a controversy as a YouTube video suggested that he had an electric motor fit to his cycle. He dismissed theses allegations as extremely stupid. This video was edited by Davide Cassani, a cycling commentator and a former cyclist himself. The UCI did not investigate any particular team or riders after these allegations were made but did say that they’ll review the existing bicycle inspection system in order to prevent fraudulent practices.
In honour of Swiss cycling star, Fabian Cancellara, a section of white roads were named after him as he marks his three victories so far in the Strade Bianche.
Before the beginning of the 2016 edition of the race, RCS Sport the organizers of the race stated that whereby a third edition of the race is claimed by Cancellara, they would name a sector of the iconic white gravel roads used in the race after the Swiss star.
Now the organizers of the race have come good on their promise as they permanently commemorate his three wins.
His previous victories in the Strade Bianche had been in the years 2008 and 2012 and he added a third win in 2016. This outing became his final as he retired at the end of the season.
The eve of the 2017 race, on Friday saw the permanent milestone dedicated to the star rider being unveiled on the Monte Sante Marie in Asciano. Read more »
In order to fully focus on the Rio Olympics and put all his attention to preparation, Fabian Cancellera has withdrawn from the tour de France.
The Olympics that are bound to take place in Rio de Janeiro has caused the sportsman to exit the tour with an early farewell.
Although he deemed it a necessary move, Cancellera admitted that it was a difficult step to take, as leaving the tour would deny him the chance of emerging victorious. The decision was said to have been made jointly between him and his management and was made known to the press through a press release.
“This was not an easy decision to take. But I feel it is the right one, I don’t like withdrawing from a race, especially not when our GC leader is in second place at four days from Paris,” he said.
He then added: “With some really hard stages ahead of us, my support would naturally be more limited so we took the decision to withdraw. It was a hard tour for me. A lot of stress and I feel tired. If I want to be good at the Olympics, I need rest.”
Cancellera went on to express that the tour had been a difficult one and in order to perform well and bring his best package to the Olympics, he needed to take off. Read more »
Fabian Cancellara was over the moon after winning his second Olympics gold in the time trial event at the recently concluded Rio Olympics.
The Swiss cycling star said that he has no doubts about retiring from cycling now. He has signed off his final season in the best possible manner. There was much talk about Froome or Tom Dumoulin from Netherlands winning the gold and Cancellara rode the race of his life in vintage style to take the gold medal at the Olympics. The Dutch man came second and Froome from Great Britain finished third.
Fabian said that this was his last attempt at winning a medal at the Olympics and to get gold is very special. He is very happy to leave the cycling sport at the end of the season knowing that he had clinched the gold medal at the end of his career. It was his last big trial of his life and he was able to make it his own. He said that he had screamed on the podium as he could not control his emotions.
Fabian is a big Swiss legend in his own right as he has won two Olympic gold medals and four World Championships in his illustrious cycling career. He has also won seven stages at the Tour De France and three wins each in Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. He has already announced his retirement from professional cycling. Read more »
Time trial event is underway for Tour de Suisse. Fabian has won the trial event that was conducted.
He is a Swiss veteran who has defeated Jurgen Roelandts. The difference between the first and second contestant was only a second’s difference. By beating Jurgen Fabian was able to take the lead. The time trial was stage one for Tour de Suisse that Fabian has been able to master easily. The Swiss rider was able to enjoy a lot of support from his fans. He has been able to win for the fifth time this season.
The time that he posted was a second’s difference from Jurgen Roelandts. Jurgen was definitely a surprise for many of the fans who did not expect him to be able to overcome other opponent riders who were in the line. There were other specialist riders who were thought to come up in front, but Jurgen was able to overcome the others and come up in front. Read more »
The British Cycling Road Series Elite Men’s race that would happen over 3 laps of TT Mountain Course on 10th April, Sunday, is to be sponsored by the Zurich International Life.
The British Cycling Road Series is a yearly contest operated by the governing body of the sport in British Isles, consisting of 9 Grand Prix events for Elite category – men and women.
The event will be the very first pro cycle race to happen in the Isle of Man since the year 2003. Cycle riders who would be contending in island include two-times Olympic gold medal winner Ed Clancy MBE and local stars Jake Kelly and Mark Christian who would ride for a team handled by Sir Bradley Wiggins, the Olympic gold medallist as well as former Tour de France winner.
The event would be telecast on Eurosport and is being backed by Isle of Man Department of Economic Development as part of a designed bid to host 2018 National Championships. Several Zurich employees would also be offering at the event in a series of back roles, including marshalling across the TT course.
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