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.
It’s going to be a hard time for the famous Luxembourgish famous rider Frank Schleck and his brother Andy. Rumor has it that their Trek Factory has signed in Bauke Mollema which if true can pose big threat for their future at the esteemed cycling squad.
However, Frank did not seem much perturbed about the speculations around regarding his (& Andy’s) doubtful future at Trek. He in fact, stressed much on his efforts on winning the Tour France.
“Our contract covers this year”, stated Frank Schleck. “My primary thought concerns around securing a great Tour & that is what I am focused on at this moment. I actually live in present & I wish to ride for present- I’ve got my contact today & that is what I wish to concentrate on.”
The 34 year old rider recently returned from his doping ban in 2013 and the present season is his first professional seasons post the conclusion of the ban. Albeit once 3rd overall, the famous rider began his 2014 Tour focusing mostly on the stage wins & not classification. He was in the 16th place in stage to Planche Belles Filles.
The younger of the duo, Andy, inherited the Tour France title in 2010 after Contador (Alberto) was suspended for drug consumption. But the 29 year old rider had been having a tough time for the past 2 years since he crashed & broke sacrum in 2012 Critérium Dauphiné.
“Of course it will be tough for him”, stated the concerned elder brother while speaking about his younger sibling. “The knee is doing fine but he still needs to stay patient & wait for a fast recovery.”
Unfortunately, both the Schleck brothers do not seem to be in their best forms of late which might signify a troubling future for them at Trek.
David Ferrer has taken his name out of the ongoing grass court tournament Topshelf Open. He was given the top seed there, but, because of his stomach issues, he had to withdraw and while confirming his withdrawal, he hinted that he might have to remain out of the Wimbledon Championships as well which will start in about a week’s time.
Talking to the reporters yesterday, Ferrer said, “It’s hard for me to tell you if I would be there at Wimbledon or not. I will have a meeting with the doctor when I go back to Spain tomorrow. I have been suffering from this problem since more than a week now and that’s a long period I guess for problems like these.”
Ferrer has never managed to go past the round of 8 at the All England Club. Last year too, he had been knocked out from the quarter final round.
Meanwhile, there were a few interesting first-round matches played in the Topshelf Open yesterday. The Russian player Dmitry Tursunov got better of Bradley Klahn of the United States of America in a hard fought encounter. Although he won in the straight sets but, he had to push hard for each and every point that he earned.
In female’s category, the Dutch player Michaella Krajicek who had been given a wild card entry to the tournament defeated Jana Cepelova of Slovakia in a three setter by 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
And thereafter, a very interesting incident happened. Krajicek’s boy friend Martin Emmrich who is also a tennis player, but, a doubles specialist, proposed her for marriage right there in front of everyone.
The expressions on Krajicek’s face suggested as if she was not expecting that. However, she accepted his proposal with a bit of a giggle.
The announcement of retirement has come from Thor himself which will mark an end to his 15 years of riding. His achievement includes the road race of the world 2010 title and winning the two green jerseys in the Tour de France.
He added that he is not going to Spain to be a spectator and he is going to end his career after the World Championships. He has not missed the Tour of France but only when he became a professional in 2012 that like the previous year he is not going to participate in the team of red and black BMC holding u in the next month. His planning of races include stages of Arctic, Poland and Wallonia ending finally on 28th september in Spain, the Worlds of Ponferrada.
His decision of quitting came in the afternoon in Norway in a press conference. He also stated that he is opting out of the National Championships going to be held this weekend. Before saying it quits he want to take good amount of rest. He did not participate in the Dauphine tournament held on 10th June. Last year he had won the championships of Norway, Austria, Beijing and Poland.
2010 was a remarkable year for him as he won in Australia and in 2005 and 2009 other classes of the tour. But in the last few years he has alos suffered. His nightmare started from 12 March 2012 when he woke up with fever. He somehow managed to pursue but thought to himself that there is no point in straining the body. Though the ideal ending would have been the the worlds as he developed as a sprinter. So it is the lack of energy and mononucleosis that his making him to retire soon.
Trek Factory Racing cyclist Fabian Cancellara secured his third win in the Tour of Flanders this weekend as he mustered all his energy for one last surge during the final few hundred meters of the race to take the crown.
The Switzerland national was part of a four man breakaway during the final laps of the race but none of his contenders seemed to have or were willing to give that final push to win the title and it was almost a testament to how difficult the race had been as the cyclists went through crashes and wind blasts through almost all of the 259 km course before reaching the finishing line.
Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing was at the forefront of the breakaway pack before Cancellara decided to take matter into his own hands and the Dutchman finished second behind the Swiss.
Speaking after his win, Fabian Cancellara stated that it was extremely difficult adding that he had to be very cold in his thoughts and followed the attacks. He went on to mention that it was a fantastic experience to cross the line and further stated that repeating a victory is always special whichever race that might be in.
The Swiss cyclist went on to add that he still doesn’t know how he managed it. He claimed that it might have seemed like he was playing on television but he just wanted to keep in touch with the breakaway group till the finish line and go man against man because he knew only then he would have a chance of taking the title.
Fabian Cancellara also claimed that he never attacked and spent most of the race in defense and that is why he wanted to go to the finish line and give it his best shot.