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.”
Cancellara, who was 2nd or 3rd in the championship over the last 4 years, bypassed the bad crash which even troubled 2013 champion Ciolek (Gerald) & Etixx-QuickStep riders Michal Kwiatkoswki and Zdenek Sytbar. The great Swiss cyclist was pretty well-positioned on his road to finale yet the sprinters proved to be a huge hurdle for him.
“I was actually in a great position with just 500m remaining but riders from left closed me & I couldn’t come out of the closet. They were professional sprinters and it was my very own bad luck.”