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.
Leading Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara is seriously miffed with UCI rules and has publicly expressed his annoyance by criticizing the regulations set by international Cycling Union before the media.
As the Spartacus marches ahead towards his rainbow jersey, he is quite aware of the odds against him. Quite literally, the Swiss would be starting with simply 3 riders versus 9 for nations like Belgium, Italy & Spain, as per UCI rules. According to the famous Swiss rider, the very UCI ruling does not properly address the modern riding aspects.
“It is not good”, remarked an annoyed Cancellara. “It is like a deficit for our team. As for the regulations, we would have to comply with them. If you ask my point of view I would say that the UCI rules aren’t 2014, they just aren’t right. Some nations have been given the enjoy the ‘right’ (more riders).My ‘rule’ here is to cycle on Sunday.”
The 33-year-old rider is aware that his chances are not under his control regarding Sunday’s 254 km, 14-lap men road race.
Cancellara is offended with the latest UCI ruling that declares start positions on the basis of national ranks with various continental sections. 10 nations begin with maximum of 9 riders- this ruling refers to all the European nations, except Australia and Colombia- whilst Switzerland & Sagan’s Slovakia just have 3.
With almost all important favorites, except Sagan- beginning with 9 riders, Fabian realizes that he would be cycling into a serious headwind even before the race starts.
The Spartacus suggested that the rulings are simply not in alignment with modern peloton yet he is not wasting much time regarding the topic. Rather he is all-in for the upcoming battle.
“We have 3 riders & we need to race smart”, he added in.
For Fabian Cancellara the time trial four times is what he wants his name to be added to. He wants to clinch the rainbow jersey. Fabian lacks the World road race trophy despite dominating the classics of cobbled and gained four titles of the world along with Olympic title. All he wants to do is to break that rule.
The only title missing from his name is the World Road Race and this is the opportune time for him before it gets too late. He has won gold medals in the years 2010, 2009, 2007 and 2006. He clinched the time trial title in 2008 at the Beijing Games. He also grabbed the Milan- San Remo. Three times each he has won the Paris- Roubaix and Flanders Tour. After that he has completely switched his focus on the World. He also skipped the time trial race as he wanted to focus on the race of Sunday.
He wants to get over with the Sunday’s race since it takes away much of the effort. It becomes easy for him to skip the time trial as he already has four titles so far. He feels ready to go now for the World championship. If he wants to win the championship he has to cross 14 circuits which are of 18.2 kilometres. Everyone has to cross the hurdle and complete the course of 4284 metres.
It is the Italian team which has some new names in the circuit. Though all the teams are equally strong with sprinters being strong but the lap is going to be harder as it goes His own team is his biggest weakness which he has to compete with. Smart riding is what he has pinned his hopes on and positive racing is in his mind.
The cycle show after a great success in the year 2013 will be making a return this September. Last year it recorded a record breaking attendance and this year it seems that the cycle show this year will be even bigger and better. Looking at the last year’s success the organisers have organised the event in the Birmingham’s NEC arena. This is the same place where the event took place last year. This year the event will be taking place from 26th September to 28th September and will feature a good group of guests who have earned a good name in this sport.
One such player who is on the guest list for the opening day is Sir Chris Hoy. He is one of the eminent personalities in the sport. One of the most successful Olympian from Scotland will be visiting the cycle show this year on 26th of September. He will be coming to the show as an elite consultant for the company Science in Sports (SIS). The great cyclist while speaking to the press showed his excitement of visiting the event. He said that he was happy to visit the show and is excited as the sport has increased in fame in the country. It is at its peak these days and he is looking forward to see quite a lot of keen cyclists.
Chris Hoy will be featuring in a live Q&A session with the ITV start reporter Ned Boulting. He is known as the TV channels reported for the tour de France. After a live session the famous cyclist will be signing some autographs in the SIS stand of the show. This year more people are expected to attend the cycle show. It will be interesting to see whether the show will be breaking the attendance records of last year.
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.