Fabian Cancellara

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Fabian Cancellara Road cycling
Cancellara at the Tour de Suisse 2015
Cancellara at the Tour de Suisse 2015
To person
Nickname Spartacus
Date of birth 18th March 1981 (age 39)
nation SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
discipline Street
Driver type Classic hunter , time trial
height 186 cm
Racing weight 80 kg
End of career 2016
Team (s)
MG Boys Aqua Mema
Fassa Bortolo
Team CSC
Team Saxo Bank
Leopard Trek
RadioShack Leopard
Trek Factory Racing
Most important successes
One day race
Paris – Roubaix 2006, 2010, 2013
Milan – Sanremo 2008
Tour of Flanders 2010, 2013, 2014
Round trips
Tour of Denmark 2006
Tirreno – Adriatico 2008
Tour de Suisse 2009
Olympic games
goldOlympic time trial champion 2008 , 2016
silverOlympic runner-up in road race 2008
World championships
Rainbow jerseyWorld time trial champion 2006 , 2007 , 2009 , 2010
bronze medal in time trial 2005 , 2011 , 2013
Last updated: February 23, 2018

Fabian Cancellara (born March 18, 1981 in Wohlen near Bern ) is a former Swiss cyclist who specialized in road cycling .

Cancellara is one of the world's most successful cyclists of the early 21st century. He was a specialist in individual time trials and tough one-day races , especially the prestigious spring classics . Among the “ monuments of cycling ” he was able to win three times Paris – Roubaix , three times the Tour of Flanders and once Milan – Sanremo , making him one of the “classic hunters”.

Cancellara became world champion in the individual time trial in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010, more often than any other cyclist before him. There are also three bronze medals in this discipline at the World Championships in 2005, 2011 and 2013. He celebrated significant successes at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with the gold medal in the individual time trial and the silver medal in the road race ; At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro , he was also the time trial winner. Cancellara was able to finish several stage races as the overall winner, including the Tirreno-Adriatico 2008 and the Tour de Suisse 2009 . Due to his size and stature, he was not one of the specialists for large country tours , which also require good performance in difficult mountain stages. Nevertheless, he was able to set accents in his participation in the Tour de France : Overall, he wore the yellow jersey for 29 days and thus longer than any other cyclist who did not win the overall standings. He is also a twelve-time Swiss champion.

Sports career

Childhood and Adolescence (until 2000)

Fabian Cancellara grew up in Hinterkappelen, a place in the municipality of Wohlen near Bern . As a child he played football . He started cycling in 1993 at the age of twelve after receiving an old racing bike as a gift from his father. For the Cyclo International club in Ostermundigen , he competed around two dozen races each year, almost all of which he won. After completing compulsory schooling, he began an apprenticeship as an electrician in Bern in August 1997 .

In the spring of 1998, Cancellara sat on a time trial bike for the first time . Junior national coach Yvan Girard, who immediately recognized his talent, advised him to focus more on this discipline in the future. Cancellara won by a large margin at his first time trial, the Swiss Junior Championships. A few weeks later, he won the junior time trial of the Grand Prix des Nations . In his only fifth test against the clock, he was junior world champion at the 1998 World Cup in Valkenburg . He repeated this success a year later in Verona . Also in 1999 he won the junior cycling world cup . In 1998 and 1999 he was named "Young Athlete of the Year" by Swiss Sports Aid .

Cancellara, who meanwhile rode for the Bernese cycling group Schaller , moved into the focus of foreign teams due to these successes. The Italian team Mapei-Quickstep in particular showed interest in him. For the 2000 season he was initially integrated into the MG Boys Aqua Mema , the farm team in the U 23 age group. As cycling played an increasingly important role in his life and he had hardly any time to study, he broke off his apprenticeship in March 2000 after a long hesitation. At the 2000 World Cup in Plouay , he only had to admit defeat to the three-year-old Russian Evgeny Petrov in the U-23 time trial . In September 2000 he finally joined Mapei and was now a professional driver. In the first half of 2001 he graduated from the recruiting school as a supply soldier, where he continued to have the opportunity to train specifically at the Federal University of Sports in Magglingen .

Beginning of professional career (2001-2002)

With his first professional contract with Mapei, Cancellara received 25,000 francs a year. The sports director Roberto Damiani built it up carefully and used it in smaller races. At that time Mapei had two racing groups, the "Top Team" with around 25 drivers and a youth group, which included Cancellara, Filippo Pozzato , Michael Rogers and Bernhard Eisel . Mapei boss Giorgio Squinzi emphasized in an interview that he had accompanied Cancellara and Pozzato all the way from the juniors to the top team in order to keep them out of the U-23 races; In this age group doping was an even bigger problem than with the professionals.

Cancellara won the prologue and the overall ranking of the Tour of Rhodes in his debut year ; he repeated this success a year later. In 2002 he won several stages in smaller tours, where he played out his strengths in the individual time trial. That year he decided u. a. the pair time trial Grand Prix Eddy Merckx (together with László Bodrogi ) and for the first time the Swiss time trial championship for himself. After a positive doping test by Stefano Garzelli at the Giro d'Italia 2002 , Mapei stopped sponsoring at the end of the year and dissolved the team. Cancellara did not switch to Quickstep like most Mapei drivers , but followed his mentor Damiani to Fassa Bortolo .

Continuous advancement (2003-2005)

The Fassa-Bortolo team, led by Giancarlo Ferretti , was geared towards the sprint star Alessandro Petacchi ; Cancellara's main job was to build the sprint train for him and put on the finish sprint. On April 6, 2003 he took part in a " classic " for the first time, the Tour of Flanders , which he finished in 73rd place, over ten minutes behind. It became more and more clear that he would be one of the world's best time trialists in the near future. In 2003 he led his team to victory in the team time trial of the Tour of the Mediterranean Sea . In his first participation in the Tour de Romandie and the Tour de Suisse , he won the prologue , and he was also able to win the points classification of the Tour de Romandie.

Cancellara at the HEW Cyclassics 2005 in Hamburg

Cancellara proved for the first time in February 2004 that he can not only win the time trial by winning the fourth stage of the Tour of Qatar , when he ran away a few kilometers from the finish and sprinted over his escape companions. The next victory followed at the Catalan Week in the mass sprint of the first stage. After Cancellara had finished the Tour of Flanders in 2004 in 42nd place, a week later he finished fourth at Paris – Roubaix 2004 : He reached the Roubaix Velodrome as part of a top group of four, but made a tactical mistake in the sprint for victory . The next success was the victory in the individual time trial of the Tour of Luxembourg , followed by the second Swiss time trial championship title. At his premiere at the Tour de France , he won the prologue in Liège two seconds ahead of Lance Armstrong and was allowed to slip on the yellow jersey , which he defended on the first stage .

At the World Championships in 2003 and 2004 as well as at the Olympic Games in 2004 , Cancellara classified himself outside the medal ranks in the time trial, and had to give up at the Olympic road race. He publicly blamed the inadequate support from the Swiss Cycling Association for these failures . The technical director of Swiss Cycling, Jean-Claude Leclercq , whom the newspaper Blick had named as the main person responsible (“Cancellara did the work of director Leclercq”) , then resigned after three years of activity.

Cancellara achieved his first success in 2005 in the fourth stage from Paris – Nice , when, with the help of his team mate Juan Antonio Flecha, he beat the third escape companion Jaan Kirsipuu in the final sprint. At the following Catalan week he won the time trial. Paris – Roubaix 2005 , Cancellara finished eighth; he belonged to a breakaway group in the closing stages of the race, but a flat tire ruined his chances of victory. This was followed by victory in the time trial of the Tour of Luxembourg. In the overall standings he finished second and lost only 13 hundredths of a second to first-placed László Bodrogi. He then became Swiss time trial champion for the third time. In the Tour de France 2005 he could not win a stage. In Madrid Cancellara took part in the World Cup in 2005 in part. In the time trial, he won the bronze medal behind Michael Rogers and José Iván Gutiérrez , missing second place by twelve hundredths of a second. It was the first Swiss World Cup medal since 1996.

First classic win and first world championship title (2006)

At the end of the 2005 season, the Fassa Bortolo team was dissolved because the sponsor was concentrating on women's cycling. Cancellara signed a contract with the Danish team CSC (from 2009 Team Saxo Bank), which guaranteed him an annual salary of over one million francs from the second year of the contract. The Discovery Channel team led by Lance Armstrong had also courted him, but Cancellara decided on Team CSC, led by Bjarne Riis , because he appreciated the family atmosphere there and the “American business style” of the Discovery Channel didn't appeal to him.

Cancellara won three times on the notorious cobblestones of Paris – Roubaix

Cancellara achieved the first victory for the new team in the 2006 Tirreno-Adriatico time trial . At Milan-Sanremo he crossed the finish line in the sprint of the leading group at the same time as winner Filippo Pozzato and finished 24th. At the E3 Harelbeke a week later, he led the race for a long time, but was overtaken by the field in the further course . One week after finishing the Tour of Flanders in sixth place, Cancellara contested his last classic of the season on April 9, Paris – Roubaix 2006 . About 20 km from the finish, he started the decisive attack with a faster pace and shook off his last companions a little later in the Carrefour de l'Arbre . He covered the last 15 km solo and reached the goal with a lead of 1:49 minutes on last year's winner Tom Boonen . For the first time since Heiri Suter in 1923, a Swiss citizen had won this “ cycling monument ”.

In May Cancellara won the individual time trial of the Tour of Catalonia 2006 , and in June the Swiss time trial championship title for the fourth time. For the Tour de France 2006 he was not nominated by Team CSC. At the beginning of August he took part in the Tour of Denmark in 2006 , where he achieved two stage wins and won the overall standings with a 20 second lead over Stuart O'Grady . At the end of August and September he competed in the Vuelta a España 2006 and won the first stage, a team time trial, with Team CSC. The tour of Spain served primarily as preparation for the 2006 World Cup in Salzburg . On September 21, he won the time trial there with a lead of 1:30 minutes on David Zabriskie and became world champion for the first time. Three days later he finished the road race in 31st place, two seconds behind world champion Paolo Bettini .

Successes in summer and autumn (2007)

Cancellara wins the third stage of the 2007 Tour de France

Cancellara had married in the second half of 2006 and had become a father for the first time. Due to the new family situation, to which he had to get used to, he sometimes felt little motivation for training according to his own statements over the winter. The form deficit was noticeable in the spring classics: At Milan-Sanremo he lost over six minutes to the winner (119th place), at the Tour of Flanders he finished 53rd. The team tactics at Paris-Roubaix 2007 were entirely geared towards him, but he could not repeat the win of the previous year and finished 19th. Since he had helped his team and roommate Stuart O'Grady to win through team-friendly behavior, he was not criticized despite the defeat.

After the disappointing start to the season, Cancellara regained its form in June and won two stages of the 2007 Tour de Suisse , the prologue in Olten on the first day and the time trial in Bern on the last day. He wore the overall leader's gold jersey on the first three stages until he had to hand it over to his team-mate Andy Schleck . After the Tour de Suisse, he confirmed his upward trend with another national time trial title.

At the 2007 Tour de France , where he was allowed to compete again in contrast to the previous year, Cancellara won the eight-kilometer prologue in London with a 13-second lead over Andreas Klöden and, like in 2004, wore the yellow jersey. While he was on the second stage shortly before the finish in Gent involved in a massive crash and hurt easily by the hand, but could continue the race without problems. On the 3rd stage from Waregem to Compiègne he outwitted the sprinters with an attack on the last kilometer and celebrated another victory. He lost the yellow jersey on the 7th stage from Bourg-en-Bresse to Le Grand-Bornand , where, as expected, he could not keep up on the climbs and lost over 22 minutes to stage winner Linus Gerdemann .

Cancellara went to Stuttgart for the 2007 World Cup - with the intention of defending the world championship he had won the previous year. He fulfilled the expectations placed on him and won the time trial on September 27th with a 52 second lead over László Bodrogi. He also took part in the World Championship road race three days later, but did not finish the race.

Olympic victory (2008)

Cancellara at the California Tour prologue

In terms of the number of wins, Cancellara's 2008 season was the most successful. It all started with the prologue victory at the 2008 California Tour in Palo Alto . Two weeks later he won the one-day race Strade Bianche (at that time still Monte Paschi Eroica ), where he narrowly prevailed against Alessandro Ballan in the sprint . In mid-March he took part in the Tirreno-Adriatico 2008 ; With the victory in the 5th stage, a time trial, he took over the lead in the overall classification and did not give it up until the end. For the first time it was shown that it is not only fast on the flat, but can also keep up on moderately difficult climbs. Four days later, on March 22nd, Cancellara pulled away on the last kilometers from Milan – Sanremo and won by four seconds over Filippo Pozzato. He was only the second Swiss after Erich Mächler in 1987 to win this classic. Cancellara, on the other hand, suffered a defeat at Paris – Roubaix in 2008 : He had taken the lead with Boonen and Ballan and gained over three minutes ahead of the next riders, but Boonen proved to be the better sprinter at the finish and Cancellara came second.

In preparation for the second half of the season, Cancellara took part in the 2008 Tour of Luxembourg . He won the prologue and led the overall standings until the end of the 2nd stage. After becoming Swiss time trial champion for the sixth time, he won the 7th and 9th stages of the 2008 Tour de Suisse , each with a successful attack on the last kilometers. In addition to the two stage successes, he also won the points evaluation. At the Tour de France 2008 Cancellara made a significant contribution to the overall victory of his team-mate Carlos Sastre . He was subsequently awarded the victory in the 20th stage after Stefan Schumacher , who was in front of him, tested positive for the EPO derivative CERA. Immediately after the Tour de France, Cancellara traveled to Beijing to prepare for the 2008 Olympics . The Swiss cyclists stayed about 120 km northeast of the city in a quiet training center. This had been reserved by the Norwegian NOK, whereby the Swiss could use some rooms as sub-tenants.

The preparation far away from the hustle and bustle of the Olympic Village paid off. Although the focus was entirely on the time trial, success was already evident in the first street race on August 9th. For the last five kilometers, Cancellara slipped away from a chasing group and caught up with the front. In the sprint for victory, he was third behind Samuel Sánchez and Davide Rebellin , with which he won the bronze medal. However, the rebel had been doped with CERA and was disqualified by the IOC in November 2009 . Cancellara received Rebellin's silver medal in December 2010 as part of a celebration in his community in Ittigen , his bronze medal went to Alexander Kolobnew . A bridge in Ittigen was also named after him. On August 13, Cancellara achieved his target for the season, winning the gold medal in the Olympic individual time trial. On the demanding route with two climbs, he won 33 seconds ahead of CSC team-mate Gustav Larsson and 1:10 minutes ahead of Levi Leipheimer . He had made the decision over the last twelve kilometers when he got 40 seconds out of Larsson.

After the Tour of Poland 2008 at the beginning of September, where he won the team time trial with Team CSC, Cancellara ended the season and did not start at the World Cup in Varese . The reason he gave was a lack of strength and motivation for further exertion. For his successful season he was named Swiss Sportsman of the Year in December .

Tour de Suisse victory and dominance in the time trial (2009)

Cancellara was unable to prepare optimally for the 2009 season due to illness. In mid-February he won the California Tour prologue for the second time in a row, but had to give up the next day because of an angina . Less than a week later, he fell while training near his home and suffered a slight injury to his right shoulder. In March he decided not to take part in Milan – Sanremo. In the Tour of Flanders in early April he tore the Koppenberg the bicycle chain ; shouldered the bike, he had to cope with the ascent on foot and finally gave up the race. Paris – Roubaix 2009 he finished in 49th place.

Cancellara celebrates victory in the 1st stage of the Vuelta a España 2009

In June Cancellara found its way back to its old form. At the Tour de Suisse 2009 , after winning the prologue in Mauren, Liechtenstein, he took the lead in the overall standings. He had to give up this after the fourth stage, but in sixth place he was only 20 seconds behind the leader Tadej Valjavec . He was helped by the fact that the course had less difficult climbs compared to other events. In the eighth stage with the mountain arrival in Crans-Montana , he moved up to second place and reduced the gap to four seconds. In the final time trial in Bern, he outclassed the competition. Second placed Tony Martin lost 1:27 minutes, Valjavec lost 3:45 minutes. In front of the enthusiastic home crowd, Cancellara decided the overall standings with a lead of 2:02 minutes on Martin, plus she won the points classification. At the Swiss championships a week later, he won the road race title for the first time after he had not started in the time trial.

At the start of the Tour de France 2009 , Cancellara won the 1st stage , a time trial in Monaco . For almost a week he maintained himself at the top in the flatter stages until he lost a lot of time again in the 7th stage , the first in the mountains. Measured by the number of days in the yellow jersey, he equalized the previous Swiss record held by Ferdy Kübler (Tour winner 1950) in the 3rd stage and finally exceeded it by three days. Cancellara's next win came at the end of August in the prologue of the Vuelta a España 2009 at the TT Circuit Assen . He stayed at the top of the overall standings up to the 4th stage and took the red leader's jersey back for a day by winning the 7th stage, a time trial in Valencia . He did not start for the 14th stage and ended the tour prematurely.

Cancellara had set ambitious goals for the 2009 World Cup in Mendrisio , Switzerland . As the first cyclist ever, he wanted to become world champion in both time trial and road racing that same year. The first part of the project went according to plan. On September 24th he won the third world championship gold medal in the time trial in a superior manner, distancing Gustav Larsson by 1:27 minutes and third-placed Tony Martin by 2:30 minutes. Although Cancellara was "in the shape of his life" according to team boss Bjarne Riis, he was unsuccessful in the road race on September 27th. With a length of 262.2 km and an altitude of 4650 meters, the route was one of the most difficult in a long time. Cancellara drove very actively and repeatedly closed gaps in outliers. In his repeated attempts to tear the field apart, he lost too much energy. On the final lap he lost touch with the leaders and finished fifth, half a minute behind Cadel Evans .

Lasting Success (2010)

In mid-February, Cancellara began the 2010 season by participating in the first edition of the Tour of Oman . With second place in the final individual time trial, he decided the overall standings for himself, 28 seconds ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen . Cancellara also won the E3 Harelbeke after shaking off his last companions Tom Boonen and Juan Antonio Flecha two kilometers from the finish.

On the way to the fourth world championship title in Geelong

During the Tour of Flanders on April 4, Cancellara launched its first attack 44 km from the finish on Molenberg, which only Boonen was able to follow. At the wall of Geraardsbergen Boonen could no longer keep up the pace and Cancellara increased his lead on the remaining 15 km to Meerbeke to over a minute. It was the first Swiss victory in the Tour of Flanders since Heiri Suter in 1923. A week later, on April 11th, Cancellara double at Paris – Roubaix 2010 . In Mons-en-Pévèle , on one of the most demanding cobblestone sections of the race, he left all his companions standing almost 50 km from the finish. No other driver was able to keep up with the Swiss, who crossed the finish line two minutes ahead of Thor Hushovd and Juan Antonio Flecha and won this classic for the second time. As the tenth cyclist and second non-Belgian (after Heiri Suter), he made the double from the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in the same year.

In preparation for the rest of the season, Cancellara contested the California Tour 2010 , where he was without stage success. In June he won the prologue of the Tour de Suisse 2010 and then defended the golden leader's jersey on another stage. As in the previous year, Cancellara was the first overall leader at the 2010 Tour de France after winning the prologue in Rotterdam . After the 2nd stage from Brussels to Spa , he temporarily gave the yellow jersey to Sylvain Chavanel . He was able to recapture it on the 3rd stage to Arenberg , which led over part of the route from Paris – Roubaix, until he lost it again to Chavanel on the 7th stage to Les Rousses . Finally, on the penultimate day of the tour, he won the time trial from Bordeaux to Pauillac . Cancellara took part in the Vuelta a España 2010 . After finishing third in the individual time trial in Peñafiel , he gave up the tour two days later during the 19th stage, which caused great irritation among the team management. He justified this on Twitter by saying that he needed a few relaxing days with his family. At the 2010 World Championships in Geelong , Australia , Cancellara won the time trial on September 30, with a lead of over a minute on David Millar . He achieved something historic by becoming the first rider ever to become time trial world champion for the fourth time. At the street race four days later, he did not intervene in the decision.

During the Tour de France, Cancellara had come to the conclusion that he no longer wanted to drive for the Saxo Bank team, although he had extended his contract to the end of 2011 in 2009. There had been several personnel changes in the team that he did not like. Since Bjarne Riis did not want to let him go at first, the negotiations dragged on. The BMC and Sky teams, among others, showed interest in Cancellara . He himself preferred the newly formed Luxembourg team Leopard Trek (now Trek Factory Racing). Shortly before leaving for the World Cup in Australia, he reached an agreement with Riis, but the official announcement came only two months later on November 30th. His new contract with Leopard Trek guaranteed him around 2.5 million francs annually. Several supervisors and teammates changed with him, including Fränk Schleck , his brother Andy and Stuart O'Grady.

Several narrow defeats (2011)

Cancellara before the start of the Tour of Flanders 2011

Cancellara's first major race in the new team was Tirreno-Adriatico 2011 in the first half of March, where he won the final individual time trial. On March 19, at Milan-Sanremo 2011, shortly before the end of the race, he was part of an eight-man leading group. In the sprint for victory, he finished second behind Matthew Goss . Due to his success in the previous year and his good form, Cancellara was also one of the most popular favorites in the run-up to the other spring classics. At the E3 Harelbeke on March 26th, he fulfilled the expectations placed in him and won with a one minute lead over Jürgen Roelandts after successfully launching an attack 16 kilometers from the finish. A week later, at the Tour of Flanders 2011 on April 3, he tore out of the peloton 60 kilometers from the finish and caught up with leader Sylvain Chavanel, but had to be overtaken by pursuers on the wall of Geraardsbergen. Another attack four kilometers from the finish could only be followed by Chavanel and the eventual winner Nick Nuyens . In the final sprint, Cancellara remained third. He suffered another narrow defeat on April 10 at Paris – Roubaix 2011 . He drove very aggressively but received no support from his fellow rivals. On the fourth last kilometer, he caught up with a group of three chasing packs, who did not catch up with the surprising winner Johan Vansummeren . Ultimately, Cancellara was left with the sprint for second place, which he won.

Cancellara started the 2011 Tour of Luxembourg in the first week of June . He won the prologue and defended the lead in the overall standings in the first stage. Two more stage wins came in mid-June at the Tour de Suisse 2011 , where he won the first and ninth stages (time trial in Lugano and Schaffhausen ) with a nine-second advantage each. At the end of June, he secured the Swiss championship title in the road race for the second time.

In July Cancellara remained in the Tour de France 2011 without a stage success; in the individual time trial on the penultimate day , he only finished eighth. At the Vuelta a España 2011 , which takes place in August and September, he helped his team win the team time trial, which took place on the first day in Benidorm . On the other hand, he suffered another defeat in his parade discipline with fourth place in the time trial on the 10th stage. He didn't start again for the 17th stage. With the aim of becoming time trial world champion for the third time in a row, he entered the 2011 World Championships in Copenhagen . The project clearly failed, as third place he lost 1:20 minutes to the new world champion Tony Martin on September 21. Four days later, he just missed another medal in the road race: behind sprint specialists Mark Cavendish , Matthew Goss and André Greipel , he finished fourth, with Greipel only a millimeter behind according to the target film.

Injuries (2012)

Cancellara drives to the finish of the Olympic road race with an injured shoulder

Cancellara started the new season with victories in the Strade Bianche and in the time trial of the Tirreno-Adriatico 2012 . At the first classic of the year, Milan – Sanremo 2012 , he was narrowly beaten in the finish sprint by Simon Gerrans and finished in second place. A fall and faulty material prevented top placements at E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem . Before the Tour of Flanders 2012 on April 1, he was again one of the top favorites, but after about 190 km he fell badly in the refreshment zone when he drove over a discarded drinking bottle. He suffered a fourfold broken collarbone in his right shoulder, which resulted in a break of several weeks.

In June Cancellara returned to racing at the 2012 Tour de Suisse . He finished second in both the prologue and the time trial. He then won the national time trial championship. At the start of the Tour de France 2012 , Cancellara won the prologue held in Liège . After the 7th stage with the mountain arrival on the Planche des Belles Filles , he handed over the overall lead to the eventual tour winner Bradley Wiggins . Cancellara set a new record: he had been in the yellow jersey for a total of 28 days - longer than any other cyclist who had not won the overall standings. He did not take part in the 11th stage and traveled home to help his wife with the birth of the second child.

Cancellara was unlucky again at the 2012 Olympic Games in London . In the road race on July 28th, he led the top group around 15 kilometers from the finish when he misjudged himself in a sharp right turn in Richmond Park . He hit the barrier and fell on his right shoulder. In pain, he finished the race about five minutes behind and went to the hospital. A severe bruise was diagnosed, but no fracture. Severely handicapped, he took part in the individual time trial four days later and finished 7th, 2:14 minutes behind Olympic champion Wiggins. Almost three weeks later he announced that he would not contest any more races this year.

Second classic double (2013)

Cancellara (back) sprints for victory at Paris – Roubaix 2013

Cancellara held back in the first races of the year. On March 17th, he took the initiative again near Milan-Sanremo 2013 . In low temperatures, rain and snowfall, he reached the home straight in a group of six. In the sprint for victory, he finished third behind Gerald Ciolek and Peter Sagan . His first win of the season came five days later at E3 Harelbeke. He lived up to his role as a favorite on the Tour of Flanders on March 31st: on the last passage of the Oude Kwaremont he launched an attack that only Sagan could follow. After overtaking leader Jurgen Roelandts, Cancellara attacked again. 13 km before the finish he left Sagan on Paterberg and finally won the Tour of Flanders for the second time with a 1:27 minute lead.

At the Scheldeprijs on March 3, Cancellara fell after around 50 km, but survived the fall without damage. Another fall occurred the following day when he was visiting a section of the Paris – Roubaix route in 2013 . Despite these incidents, he was still considered the favorite to win, especially since rivals Boonen and Sagan were absent. At the race on April 7th, Cancellara increased the pace around 23 km from the finish. Recently only Sep Vanmarcke could keep up. After a tactical sprint duel in the velodrome, the Swiss narrowly prevailed and won the race for the third time. He also managed the double Flanders / Paris – Roubaix for the second time, which only Boonen had done before.

Cancellara decided not to take part in the 2013 Tour de France because he didn't think he had any chance of winning the yellow jersey due to the stage schedule without a prologue. He clearly missed the intended victory in the prologue of the Tour de Suisse 2013 in Quinto on June 8th, as he and other favorites had to fight against heavy headwinds. The sixth national time trial title followed on June 19. At the Tour of Austria 2013 he won the individual time trial in Podersdorf am See on July 6th , whereas on August 3rd he had to admit defeat to Bradley Wiggins in the individual time trial of the Tour of Poland 2013 . The Vuelta a España 2013 ended Cancellara after the 17th stage; seven days earlier he had won the only individual time trial of this tour in Tarazona, 37 seconds ahead of Tony Martin. At the 2013 World Championships in Florence at the end of September , he finished the time trial 48 seconds behind Martin and won the bronze medal. In the world championship road race he had aimed for the gold medal, but could not keep up on the last lap of the 272 km long race and finished tenth.

Another Tour of Flanders victory (2014)

In July 2013, Cancellara had already extended his contract with RadioShack-Nissan (which has operated under the name Trek-Segafredo since 2016) until the end of 2016. In February 2014 he announced that he would end his cycling career when the contract expired. He started the 2014 season at the beginning of February with the participation in the first edition of the Dubai Tour . As further preparations for the spring classics, assignments followed on the Qatar Tour and Strade Bianche. On March 23, he achieved a podium finish at Milan – Sanremo in 2014, as in the previous three years, but only had to admit defeat to Norwegian Alexander Kristoff in the final sprint .

At the Tour of Flanders on April 6th, Cancellara was able to leave the co-favorites Boonen and Sagan behind on the last two climbs of the race and, with two companions, caught up with the leader eleven kilometers from the finish. On the home stretch Cancellara put on the sprint and prevailed ahead of Greg Van Avermaet and two other Belgians. With his third success in total after 2010 and 2013, he and five other drivers are among the record winners of the Tour of Flanders. On April 13th, Cancellara had the chance to be the first driver ever to do the Double Tour of Flanders / Paris – Roubaix for the third time. Eight kilometers from the Paris – Roubaix 2014 finish, eleven drivers came together, including several co-favorites. In view of the tactical situation (numerical superiority of the Omega-Pharma-Quickstep team), no driver followed the Dutchman Niki Terpstra , who ran away a little later . In the final sprint of the pursuers Cancellara took third place behind John Degenkolb .

Cancellara at the Tour de Suisse 2015

After the spring classics, Cancellara took a longer break and did not start again until the end of May at the Bayern Tour 2014 . The following months were mainly devoted to preparing for the World Cup. At the Tour de France 2014 he got out after the tenth stage, at the Vuelta a España 2014 after the 17th stage. At the end of September he gave up the individual time trial at the 2014 World Championships in Ponferrada in order to concentrate fully on his stated goal of winning the world championship in road racing. In the decisive attack on the last lap he was unable to keep up due to cramps and reached the goal in eleventh place.

Health Problems (2015)

In 2015, Cancellara's season planning was geared towards the spring classics, as in previous years. In February he took part in the Tour of Oman . He won the second stage in the sprint of a small breakaway group and took the lead in the overall standings for one day. In mid-March, at the Tirreno-Adriatico 2015 , he finished second in the prologue, one second behind Adriano Malori, and won the final individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto . At Milan – Sanremo 2015 on March 22nd, he belonged to the top group and finished the race in seventh place. Five days later, Cancellara was involved in a mass fall at E3 Harelbeke in 2015 after about 40 kilometers. He had to give up the race and be driven to the hospital, where fractures of two vertebrae in his lower back were diagnosed. No operation was necessary, but he could not take part in the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, his declared season highlights. At the end of May he made his comeback on the Tour of the Fjord in Norway . In mid-June he made an appearance in the two individual time trials during the Tour de Suisse 2015 ; he finished second in the first stage in Rotkreuz and third in the last stage in Bern.

In the first stage of the 2015 Tour de France , an individual time trial in Utrecht , Cancellara missed victory by six seconds on July 4th and finished in third place. On the following day, at the end of the second stage to Neeltje Jans , he belonged to a top group of 24. He classified himself in third place and secured the lead in the overall classification with a time bonus of four seconds, which meant he was allowed to wear the yellow jersey for the 29th time. During the third stage from Antwerp to Huy , 66 kilometers from the finish, he was involved in a mass fall again. He continued the race and reached the finish line twelve minutes behind. A medical examination diagnosed the fracture of two lumbar vertebrae, with which he had to give up the tour.

Cancellara started the Vuelta a España 2015 on August 22nd , but had to give it up in the third stage due to a gastrointestinal infection . Two weeks later, he announced that he would not participate in the 2015 World Championships in Richmond (Virginia) and justified this with health problems.

Second Olympic victory at the end of his career (2016)

Cancellara started its final season at the end of January 2016. He won the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana, which is part of the Mallorca Challenge . His next victory came three weeks later in the 2016 Algarve Tour , where he won the third stage, an individual time trial in Sagres . He himself was surprised, especially since he was able to leave three-time world champion Tony Martin behind. He continued his winning streak on March 5 at Strade Bianche , where he relegated last year's winner Zdeněk Štybar and Gianluca Brambilla to the other places. With three successes, Cancellara is the record holder in this one-day race; in future one of the gravel sections will bear his name. In mid-March he took part in the Tirreno-Adriatico 2016 , where he won the final individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto. At the first classic of the season, Milan – Sanremo 2016 on March 19, Cancellara was again one of the favorites. After the last climb on Poggio, he was able to catch up with Michał Kwiatkowski , who had been leading up until then , and had a good chance of winning the race. But shortly before the finish he had to avoid a fallen driver, so that he lost a lot of speed and thus had no chance in the final sprint.

On April 3, Cancellara took part in the Tour of Flanders 2016 , again one of the most popular favorites. About 30 km from the finish he missed a breakaway attempt by Peter Sagan, Michał Kwiatkowski and Sep Vanmarcke and was half a minute behind. Although he was able to overtake Kwiatkowski or Vanmarcke in the last two ascents, he was no longer able to catch up with Sagan and took second place. If Cancellara had won, he would have become the sole record holder with a total of four successes. At Paris – Roubaix 2016 , his last spring classic, Cancellara was never able to intervene in the decision; after falling 47 km from the finish line, he finished the race over seven minutes behind.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Cancellara surprisingly won his second gold medal in the individual time trial, ahead of Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome . Although he was traded as a favorite for a medal or top five placement, he was not a favorite for victory. In the press and on the Internet, it was not expected that he would put 47 seconds between himself and the following drivers on such a difficult time trial course. Cancellara contested the last race of his career on October 22, 2016 at a Kriterium in Utsunomiya, Japan . In mid-December 2016, he was named Swiss Sportsman of the Year for the second time.

Cancellara has also been active in triathlon since 2017 . In September he finished his first race in Rorschach on Lake Constance over 500 m swimming, 50 km cycling and 5 km running in 14th place.

Driver type and driving style

Fabian Cancellara was assigned to both the “ classic hunter” type and the time trial type, as his successes make him a proven time trial specialist. He celebrated seven victories at Milan – Sanremo , the Tour of Flanders and Paris – Roubaix . On the other hand, he never took part in Liège – Bastogne – Liège and the Tour of Lombardy , the two other “ monuments of cycling ”. In addition to the spring classics, his main focus was on the individual time trial , in which he was one of the most successful athletes ever. He competed in this discipline as part of large country tours as well as at the Olympic Games and World Championships.

Paving stone in honor of Cancellaras on Allée Charles Crupelandt in Roubaix

According to CSC team boss Bjarne Riis , only a few racing drivers had “such a smooth and regular step”. The sports scientist Paul Köchli examined Cancellara's driving characteristics on the basis of the 2007 Tour de Suisse prologue. According to this, he has a high cadence and the ability to instinctively switch gears at the right moment .

Cancellara's great weakness were mountain stages, in which he usually lost a lot of time. Although he occasionally won small stage races , he did not achieve any top positions in the overall ranking of major country tours (his best placement is 64th overall in the 2008 Tour de France ). This was largely due to his physique: with a length of 1.86 m and a weight of around 82 kg, he was above average in size and weight compared to other racing cyclists. In 2001, Mapei boss Giorgio Squinzi said in an interview in the Gazzetta dello Sport that Cancellara was the "new Miguel Indurain " and had the potential to win the Tour de France . Aldo Sassi, Sports Director of Mapei, advised him to lose at least five kilograms in order to have a chance of winning the tour. In the following years Cancellara reduced his body fat percentage, but also put on a lot of muscle mass, so that overall only a small weight loss resulted. Bjarne Riis was convinced in 2010 that Cancellara could lose eight kilograms within a year and a half and maintain strength despite muscle loss, so that an overall victory in the Tour de France was possible. Cancellara himself, who for years had described a possible overall victory as a "dream, not a goal", was not impressed by these plans and always ruled out ambitions in this direction. It is not worth the extra effort to him, as he would then be separated from his family for even longer.

Doping allegations

Cancellara's successes came during an era when doping in cycling made a lot of negative headlines. He has never tested positive for doping substances. Cancellara and his manager Armin Meier assured that he was driving cleanly. Like most racing cyclists of his generation, he rode in teams for almost his entire professional career in which organized systematic doping took place or the team bosses at least tolerated doping.

During the 2006 Tour de France, Bjarne Riis told the Ritzau news agency that four of his CSC riders , including Cancellara, were working with sports doctor Luigi Cecchini . The former employee of Michele Ferrari , who had fallen into disrepute as "Dottore EPO", had looked after several drivers who were later proven doping. He was also suspected of being involved in the doping ring around Eufemiano Fuentes . Cancellara admitted the collaboration that had begun in 2004 after it became known to the public, but emphasized that Cecchini had only performed performance diagnostics and created training plans; He never received doping drugs from him. Riis and Cancellara then ended their collaboration with Cecchini.

Also during the Tour de France 2006, the ARD reported that during Cancellara's time in the Mapei team doping was used. According to another ARD report from July 2007, documents found in Italy show that the anabolic andriol, EPO and oxandrolone were systematically used in 2001 . The documents cannot be used to determine who in the team was treated with the doping agents. The Fassa Bortolo team , for which Cancellara subsequently drove, is said to have had an organized doping system, as its former driver Dario Frigo claimed in 2009. The same applies to Cancellara's time in Team CSC. Prominent drivers such as Tyler Hamilton , Michael Rasmussen and Jörg Jaksche testified in 2013 that doping was practiced with the knowledge and support of team boss Bjarne Riis. The Danish anti-doping expert Rasmus Damsgaard, who headed an internal team control system from 2007, stated in 2009 that Cancellara had "not the slightest indication of blood transfusions or the use of EPO."

At the end of September 2008, the Belgian daily Le Soir reported that doping samples taken during the 2008 Tour de France had shown abnormal values ​​in various drivers, which indicated the use of CERA. Various CSC drivers are also affected, including Tour winners Carlos Sastre and Cancellara. The French anti-doping agency AFLD promised quick results, but they were a long time coming. Cancellara rejected all allegations in a communiqué. In mid-October 2008, the AFLD announced that after the follow-up checks had been completed, there were no indications of any misconduct by CSC drivers.

"Motor doping" suspicion

In May 2010, a YouTube video suggested that Cancellara had won the Tour of Flanders and Paris – Roubaix with the help of a small motor that was built into the seat post of his bicycle and that he could activate at the push of a button. Michele Bufalino, the author of the video, was referring to a report on the Italian television station RAI , in which the sports journalist and former racing driver Davide Cassani pointed out the possibility of such " motor doping ". Bufalino stated that he did not accuse Cancellara of such manipulation, but indicated with arrows that Cancellara's hand movements were suspicious in his view. Bike changes during the race did not take place because of defects, but rather served to insert new batteries or to ensure that the drive was not discovered at the finish. The accusations, which Jacky Durand also joined, were contradicting: It was said that the engine had kept a drive that lasted several minutes; According to another version, it was only a few seconds short, but all the more intense. Cancellara called the allegations absurd and the matter soon petered out.


Fabian Cancellara has partly Italian roots. His father Donato emigrated in 1965 at the age of 18 from San Fele in the Basilicata region to work as a ventilation fitter in Bern. His mother Rosa comes from Eastern Switzerland and is a sales clerk. The two years older sister Tamara was a cyclist for a short time and took part in the 1997 World Championship as a junior . Cancellara speaks German, French, Italian and English. However, he only mastered his father's language when he was working as a professional in Italy; Italian had seldom been spoken at home. Since August 2006 he has been married to Stefanie Hauser, who is six years older than him and whom he met in the summer of 1999. The first daughter was born in October 2006, the second in July 2012.

During his time at Fassa Bortolo, Cancellara was nicknamed Spartacus by his teammate Roberto Petito , because his stature with the broad shoulders reminds of the rebellious slaves in ancient Rome and their portrayal in sandal films. In Bern German he is called Fäbu . He had a particularly large number of fans in Belgium . There the enthusiasm about his victory at Paris – Roubaix 2006 was so great that Rik Van Looy (a three-time Paris – Roubaix winner) founded the Club Spartacus a little later , which at times had over 8,000 members. A fan club was not founded in Switzerland until five years later.


  • silverU23 World Championship - Individual Time Trial ( Plouay )

Important placements

Grand Tour 2001 2001 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Maglia Rosa Giro d'Italia - - - - - - DNF - DNF - - - - - - DNF
Yellow jersey Tour de France - - - 109 128 - 100 64 91 121 119 DNF - DNF DNF DNF
Red jersey Vuelta a España - - - - - DNF - - DNF DNF DNF - DNF DNF DNF -
Legend: DNF: did not finish , abandoned or withdrawn from the race due to timeout.
Monuments of cycling
Monument to cycling 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Milan – Sanremo - - - - - 25th 110 1 - 17th 2 2 3 2 7th 31
Tour of Flanders - - 73 42 62 6th 53 23 DNF 1 3 DNF 1 1 - 2
Paris – Roubaix - - - 4th 8th 1 19th 2 49 1 2 - 1 3 - 40
Liège – Bastogne – Liège - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Lombardy tour - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Legend: DNF: did not finish , abandoned or withdrawn from the race due to timeout.
World championships
World Championship 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Road racing - 148 18th DNF 123 31 DNF - 5 50 4th - 10 11 - -
Individual time trial 16 9 DNF 8th 3 1 1 - 1 1 3 - 3 - - -
Team time trial - - - - - - - - - - - - 5 7th - -
Legend: DNF: did not finish , abandoned or withdrawn from the race due to timeout.

Awards and honors

In 2020 the Swiss Museum of Transport dedicated a special exhibition to Fabian Cancellara with the title “Spartacus - Fabian Cancellara - Fäbu”.


Web links

Commons : Fabian Cancellara  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

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