Fabian Cancellara

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  • Sport: Cycling
  • Born:March 18, 1981,Wohlen, Switzerland
  • Residence:Switzerland

In his career, among his many achievements, Cancellara has had great success in the classics. He has won Paris – Roubaix three times, the Tour of Flanders twice and Milan – San Remo once, plus wins in the Tour de Suisse and the Tour of Oman. In 2016, he won Olympic gold in the individual time trial for the second time in his career.

Biography

Fabian Cancellara was one of the leading road racers in the world.  Called ‘Spartacus’ by his fans, he is regarded as a brilliant time trial rider and is respected for his unselfishness in teams in which he has competed. He has won the time trial in the World Championship on four occasions – 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.

He began cycling seriously at the age of 13 and won two consecutive World Junior Time Trial Championships in 1998 and 1999.

At the age of 19 he turned professsional. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing he won the individual time trial gold medal and the silver medal in the road race. For his success in 2008, Cancellara was named Swiss Male Athlete of the Year.

In the 2012 Tour de France, Cancellara won the opening-day prologue in Liege to take the yellow jersey, which he held for seven stages, until he lost it to eventual winner Bradley Wiggins. It made him the cyclist with the most career yellow jerseys who has not been a Tour winner. His eight stage wins from 2004 to 2012 demonstrate his remarkable consistency in the premier event of road racing.

In his career, among his many achievements, Cancellara has had great success in the classics. He has won Paris – Roubaix three times, the Tour of Flanders twice and Milan – San Remo once, plus wins in the Tour de Suisse and the Tour of Oman. Cancellara has won the opening stage of the Tour de France five times and has led the race for 29 days total, which is the most of any rider who has not won the Tour. His success has not been limited to just time trials and classics, as he has won general classification of the Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour de Suisse, and the Tour of Oman. In 2016, when he won Olympic gold in the individual time trial for the second time in his career.