FABIAN CANCELLARA: CYCLING IS A MESS

Fabian Cancellara says professional cycling is a mess at the moment due to the lack of unity and global vision for the future. The retired Swiss rider made the comments during a visit to Milan. Cancellara was one of the patrons of the peloton and was always trying to protest or control the race following say a crash or incident.

He has dismissed world champion Peter Sagan as the new leader of the peloton, saying Sagan is more of an individualist. He admitted that his results means he could be the new leader of the peloton and even wished there were more riders like him.

Cancellara said the foundations are the problem, naming “the UCI, the big organizers, the teams and riders” as part of the problem with the sport.

“There’s a lack of unity and a global vision for the future. It’s a bordello. The politics of the sport don’t work and so everyone suffers. Everyone just thinks about what they can earn in the short term,” he added.

The legendary sprinter retired in 2016 after claiming a gold medal in the time trial at the Rio Olympics. His career spanned 16 years but he has gradually adapted to a life away from the sport. During his time, he won two Olympic gold medals, four world time trial titles, the Milan-san Remo title, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubai three times, totaling 78 races won.

Cancellara has been studying sports management and participating in triathlon. He has also launched his Chasing Cancellara series with nine events set for 2018. The 2018 event would begin in Mallorca on March 8 with the retired star starting last and chasing the others. The final event is slated for September 22.