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Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara claimed his second victory on the trot at the Tour of Flanders taking his overall tally at the event to three at the end of a pulsating race last weekend which saw a four man sprint to the finish line with Cancellara taking the victory by the skin of his teeth.
The Trek Factory Racing team rider managed to pull out one of his finest displays in recent memory as he pulled away from the main group of pre-race favorites before the penultimate climb over the mountain and was a part of a four man breakaway group that managed to steer clear of the other contenders for most of the race.
It looked as if the Swiss rider did not have the energy to finish ahead of the other three in the pack and seemed to be wilting under the tremendous heat but he somehow dug deep into his energy reserves for one last gasp of breath and took the win ahead of Dutchman Greg van Avermaet of BMC who finished in second place.
This was the seventh victory for Cancellara in a Monument and he now becomes part of an elite pack of just six riders who have claimed the top race in Belgium for three times or more during the respective careers.
This win at the Tour of Flanders was also the perfect preparation for the Paris-Roubaix which is scheduled for this week and he is targeting another double at the Flanders-Roubaix for the second year running which will indeed be some achievement for him and will also hold him in good stead as he prepares for the Tour de France later this year.
He has claimed the Grand Tour as his prime target and his preparations for it have been great so far.
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Mark Cavendish has declared possibilities on skipping Giro to ensure better preparation for Tour France which is scheduled for this July. It is the second time in his career that the Omega Pharma rider would be leaving out Giro.
Cavndish is looking forward to present a ready fight at Yorkshire right from the 1st stage with complete focus on bagging the prestigious yellow jersey. “I have no idea where I am competing past Dubai Tour”, said Cavendish. “Sometimes back in 2013, I was really tired yet still went on racing. It inevitably grinds your stamina down by the final of 6th month of that year. We would really wish to stay focused on it & assure that I am going all good for Tour France.” (more…)