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Cancellara Sends Shivers

July 5, 2010

taken from Specialized Rider’s Club newsletter.

Cancellara does it again

Swiss Fabian Cancellara did it again today in Rotterdam – he won the opening time trial of the Tour de France for a fourth time and took the yellow jersey for a 16th time.

Cancellara of team Saxo Bank won the time trial in Liège, London and Monaco, but today’s Rotterdam victory looked uncertain.  German Tony Martin set a fast time early on and the weather turned foul soon after.

Martin’s time of 10’10” did not break Cancellara’s confidence.  He went out and smashed the time by 10 seconds on the short 8.9-kilometre course.   The Dutch fans, thrilled after their nation’s World Cup win over Brazil last night, cheered the entire time.

“We were luckily that Holland won, maybe that helped put them in a good mood!  They were amazing today and the sun came out to warm them up in the end,” said Cancellara in the yellow jersey.

“Rotterdam is special and you can feel that Holland is a great cycling nation.  All the cities were different for me: London was amazing given the number of people, Liège was amazing because it was my first and today, there were so many people on the road… Thank you Holland!”

Holland will cheer him on tomorrow as the stage travels out of Rotterdam and over the boarder into Belgium.   Cancellara will likely keep the jersey through the opening week given his advantage over his rivals.   Stage three to Arenberg also works in his favour.  The stage covers the same cobbled sectors of Paris-Roubaix, a race Cancellara won in 2006 and again this spring.

Cancellara, though, has no illusions of winning the Tour de France.   His goal remains to help the Schleck brothers, Fränk and Andy to win the overall.  Andy finished second last year to Alberto Contador (Astana) by 4’11”.

Instead, Cancellara will keep his dreams separated from his goals of winning more classics and breaking the hour record.

“I now have 16 days in the yellow jersey, but not all in one Tour.  The Tour is a dream and it has to stay a dream, because I have other goals.  A goal and a dream are different; many people dream about things that they can never reach, for me it is the same.  I know what the dream tastes like, but I will still continue to focus on my goals.”

Cancellara will start tomorrow’s stage with 10 seconds on Martin, 20 seconds on David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) and 22 seconds on Lance Armstrong (RadioShack).

For more information on Fabian Cancellara, Team Saxo Bank and the Tour de France, check out www.iamspecialized.com.

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