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.
Samuel Sanchez has reportedly signed up with esteemed cycling squad BMC racing. The 2008 Olympic road racing champion would be playing for BMC for the year.
The Spaniard was earlier a part of the Euskaltel-Euskadi group whose premature demise left him looking for an esteemed name to play with, and left him looking at DH mountain bike holidays rather than the Tour de France.
It was almost akin to an 11th-hour deal between the illustrious American team and the Spanish rider. BMC is looking forward to boost up its squad line-up for classics & Grand Tours this year- & Sanchez inclusion within the team is nothing less than a divine bliss for them. The Olympic champion has finished twice on famous Grand Tour podium: he came up 2nd in Vuelta Espana 2009 & 3rd in 2010 Tour France.
“Sammy would add in a heightened level of experience and skill to BMC Racing”, stated Jim Ochowicz, the BMC manager, while asked to speak a few words on their recent dealing with the leading Spaniard rider. “He would able to cover every base, especially we are hopeful to have him support his BMC mates in Ardennes classics & grand tours.”
Sanchez himself is very excited to be a part of the esteemed American squad. “I am feeling like a cyclist who has achieved his 1st ever contract”, noted Sanchez. “I would like to thank the whole BMC squad, specifically Jim Ochowicz and Andy Rihs for letting me so warmly into one among the most prestigious squads of WorldTour.”
“I am hopeful that I would be able to share my own cycling experiences with younger mates on this team”, Sammy added further. “After riding for a large stretch of years with the mission to beat Evans (Cadel), it would be great to assist him as he is one of riders whom I know pretty well.”
Fabian Cancellara is said to be eyeing on Ardennes Classics for the 2014 riding season. The esteemed Spanish cyclist is also aiming for Tour France & world championships the coming year.
It’s said that the dapper Spaniard has tested his mettle successfully at everything when it comes to pro cycling. He has donned the rainbow stripes, brandished the yellow jerseys, hoisted the cobblestone trophies & mined the Olympic gold. It seems that he has almost overachieved all through his career and now is set to raise his bar with the coming season.
However, the next season for Cancellara might get in some new interesting twists such as hour record and of course the celebrated Ardenes Classics.
“For great riders, one must concentrate on things that help in charging up the motivation. This is never necessary for Cancellara as he is just so professional & loves to compete”, stated Luca Guercilena, the manager personnel from Trek Factory. “We have talked about a handful of possibilities.”
The Spaniard’s aim for both Ardennes and hour record would surely assure the stimulus and the needed challenge Cancellara has been looking for in his upcoming season in 2014.
However, according to Luca’s reports, nothing has been officially finalized yet regarding Cancellara’s participation in Ardennes or hour record.
“May be he could try on in the coming two seasons”, said Cancellara. “We would analyze this situation within the next couple of months. We would need to talk on what could be realistic actually. The most vital thing here is to be true to whatever you feel good at”, remarked Guercilena.
The Spanish cycling hero would be reaching 33 the coming March yet the veteran seems hardly riding to sunset. Cancellara is still focused on world title for roads, the 2016 Olympics & he is always ready to smash down the cobblestones once again.