Saturday, March 23, 2013

Fabian returns to fabulous form

Fabian Cancellara's victory March 22 in the E3 Prijs Harelbeke harkens the past and future. One of the top riders in the single-day spring classics, Cancellara attacked with 39 kilometers and rode away from the lead group to win by more than a minute over those who dared to chase him: Peter Sagan, Daniel Oss, Geraint Thomas, Sylvain Chavanel, Sebastien Langeveld and Big Tom Boonen.

His attack was vintage Fabian, daring others to ride with him. When none could catch his wheel, the former world time trial champion reverted to his strength: riding solo as if against only the clock. Cancellara used the tactic to ride to victories three years ago in the most prestigious races of the spring: the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. He seems to be showing his cards early for this year's version of the races, scheduled for March 31 and April 7.

He's probably also eager to make up for lost time. Cancellara crashed out of the Tour of Flanders last year with a broken collarbone and missed Roubaix. Though he wore the yellow jersery as leader of the Tour de France for the first week, he never quite rounded into top form.

A healthy Cancellara is fun to watch. Looks like we're in for a fun spring.

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