In order to fully focus on the Rio Olympics and put all his attention to preparation, Fabian Cancellera has withdrawn from the tour de France.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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Fabian Cancellara could not come up with a spectacular 2008 performance at the recently concluded Milan-San Remo. It was the sprinters who ruined his dream of a second victory at the esteemed championship.
The Trek Factory riding great was unable to match up with the high end pace of some among the best sprinters of the world. He ended up with a disappointing 7th as John Degenkolb from Giant-Alpecin came up with the win followed by Alexander Kristoff from Team Katusha in the second place. Michael Metthews from Orica-GreenEdge was at the 3rd position.
“There are 6 world-class sprinters & I’m the 1st non-traditional sprinter at the race”, remarked Cancellara.
“I do not have this supreme instinct to identify the very right spot & know when some rider is coming towards you. In fact, I was kind of locked in at right. Yes, I made my mistake & it is somewhat disappointing since I am blessed with good legs.”
“I consider myself lucky as I did nit crash as Gilbert (Philippe) crashed right before me in one corner & I kind of went down”, Cancellara continued. “You would require lots of good luck & tactics as you reach the end.” Read more »
Fabian is waiting for the opportune time to hang up his boots.
Rumours suggest that with another victory in the classics he might call it quits from the sport of cycling. Cancellara himself states that he can call it quits as there are high chances. He realizes that at some point of time every sportsperson needs to know when to end the career but he is waiting.
From 2000 onwards he started with professional racing. As far as cyclist of the classics is concerned he is among the top contenders. In Tour de France he has registered 8 wins. Time trial medal of gold in 2008 is also under his name.
Title of Hour record as well as road race is missing from his profile. His contracts end in 2016 officially but he is not looking too far. He does not complain about the tours that he has won. He is quite satisfied with his achievements. He is aiming to be a reliable good leader at the Trek Factory Racing. The fork is also trimmed by Fabian Cancellara in a customized manner. Read more »