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 »
Fabian Cancellara should be thanked that hour record has got a huge lot of interest in recent times. Unfortunately, the Swiss rider isn’t very happy about the direction the record is moving. One of the first riders who tried to attempt the Hour in February is Cancellara but it was originally planned to be after Tour de France of this year.
This attempt sparked a lot of attention to the record and made the UCI to revise the rules they have. In the interview with VeloNews he admitted that by doing the Hour record he got more attention than he had expected. He said that the moment he started thinking about the record, it suddenly became big which he didn’t want it to happen. Now, there are already two people in the world who have the title and the third is yet to come. Read more »