Road: Fabian Cancellara (Team Saxo Bank) outclassed everyone including main rival Tom Boonen (Quick Step) when he was driving home on Sunday, his second victory in Paris-Roubaix. He became the 10th rider in history to win the Ronde van Vlaanderen and the French kullerstensloppet in the same year.
Fabian Cancellara (Team Saxo Bank) outclassed everyone including main rival Tom Boonen (Quick Step) when he was driving home on Sunday, his second victory in Paris-Roubaix. He became the 10th rider in history to win the Ronde van Vlaanderen and the French kullerstensloppet in the same year.
The decisive pressure came when pavésektion number ten, Mons-en-Pévèle, approached and the wind was palpable from the right wing. Tom Boonen had backed down in the drink, that was when Fabian Cancellara flashed, he put in a fierce attack that quickly grew into a major gap.
Swiss, downloaded in no time in tättrion with Bjorn Leukemans (Vacansoleil Cycling Team), Sébastien Hinault (AG2R La Mondiale) and Leif Hoste (Omega Pharma-Lotto). When they then went into Mons-en-Pévèle, he ran away from everybody. Björn Leukemans was the last man to release Fabian Cancellaras roll. Then it was five miles left to the finish in Roubaix and it was the last competition saw of him during the race.
“I had not planned to attack at that time. But it’s the competition and it is important to choose the right time. I chose exactly the right. When I went it was a gap already and it grew so I went at full speed, but with little left, for safety’s sake, it was a long way to run.But I did it, “explains Fabian Cancellara.
In style, he extended his lead to the constant chasing group with Tom Boonen, Juan Antonio Flecha (Sky Pro Cycling Team), Bjorn Leukemans, Leif Hoste, Filippo Pozzato (Team Katusha), Roger Hammond and Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team).
“I wanted to have the doubles, I wanted to do something that left an imprint in cycling history. Many great riders have won this race, and it is an honour for me to have won it twice as Franco Ballerini did. It’s just one of the reasons why I wanted to have the doubles, “said Fabian Cancellara after the victory.
In conclusion, Thor Hushovd went away along with Juan Antonio Flecha and inside the velodrome in Roubaix Norwegian had no problem beating the Spaniard in the Sprint for second place.
Tom Boonen ran strongly in the Trouée D’Arenberg, and on several of the subsequent pavéavsnitten. It looked like it was going to be a great duel between the two big favourites. But it was up to it to Fabian Cancellara played out their cards at the absolutely right time, when the Belgian had made the big mistake and pulled down the group. Then dropped Tom Boonen morale and got tired quickly, and he was no better than fifth.
Gustav Larsson (Team Saxo Bank) has a major part in Fabian Cancellaras triumph. He did sterling work for his captain during two-thirds of the race before he was finished for the day.