Fabian Cancellara looks like a man possessed for the last couple of years when he gets ready to take on the elite in the Flanders and Roubaix races and this year proved no different for him as he claimed his second successive win on the Tour of Flanders last week, taking his overall tally to three in the event.
The incident packed race had everything a cycling fan could wish for and in the end, Cancellara took the win ahead of three others from a breakaway pack with a pulsating finish across the line. Riding for Trek Factory Racing, the Swiss Maestro managed to steer clear of all the pre-race favorites by the penultimate climb on the final day of the race and managed to keep them at the bay as he and the breakaway pack of four set the pace throughout the last day.
In the end, it seemed that the Swiss Maestro wouldn’t be able to achieve victory after he seemed to be wilting under the heat and with dehydration during the final kilometers of the race but he managed to dig his heels in for one last time as he finished ahead of Greg van Avermaet to take the title.
This win takes his overall wins at the Monument to seven in all and he now becomes a part of an exclusive group of six riders to have secured three or more victories in the most famous Belgian race.
He stated afterwards that he felt great. He didn’t think he could repeat his achievements of last year but to manage it again this year means a lot to him. And now, he is looking forward to the Paris-Roubaix this week and is eyeing another Flanders-Roubaix double this year after he managed the same feat last year as well.