Tuesday 9 April 2013

And the March Yellow Jersey goes to.....

Spartacus (aka Fabian Cancellara)

With a third podium finish in a row at this year's Milan-San Remo, a third victory on the cobbles at the E3 Harelbeke and a second victory at the Tour of Flanders (not to mention a victory in a classic track sprint in Paris-Roubaix in April) it was a no-brainer for me. I still find it amazing that someone who is known primarily as a dominant force in time-trialling can produce such results in the epic races of the Spring Classics. Oh, and he happens to be one of my favourite racers in the men's professional peloton

As a Londoner it was a great feeling to watch the professionals at the Tour de France prologue on the streets of London in 2007. Seeing Fabian Cancellara zoom up and down Constitution Hill and power to victory was so impressive. Without taking anything away from the other competitors on the day, I must say he looked so much stronger, smoother and faster than everyone else. His ride was so impressive, and it was no surprise that he finished the stage wearing the Maillot Jaune.

It was a shame he was not able to repeat his success at the London 2012 Olympics. Cancellara is known to have won almost everything that is possible to win in time-trialling. One notable absence though, is a victory in the Giro d'Italia. As I am currently in Milan it would be great to see Cancellara wear the Maglia Rosa at some point during the Corsa Rosa. I, for one would be very happy to see him do well at one of the time trials during the Italian grand tour. 

Forza Spartacus!

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