Swiss classics, Tour de France and time trial star Fabian Cancellara will pick the right moment to hang up his wheels

Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) could call it quits after another win in the classics.

“It could be [a possible scenario]. It could be, yeah. It’s my decision, no one else can take this away,” Cancellara said.

“I spoke with Nicki Sørensen, he did it at the right moment, or Jens Voigt did his at his moment. Of course, I see Bernhard Eisel, Tom Boonen and this generation, we are the next ones to say goodbye at some point.”

The 33-year-old has been racing professionally since the summer of 2000. He has won three of cycling’s five monuments multiple times: Milan-San Remo once, three times the Tour of Flanders and three times Paris-Roubaix.

When he won Flanders in 2014, he tied himself for the record with five others including Boonen. Along with Boonen, 34, Cancellara is this generation’s most successful classics cyclist.

Fabian Cancellara on stage one of the 2015 Tour of Qatar

Fabian Cancellara can already look back on a win-filled career without any regrets

He also counts eight wins in the Tour de France, four World Championship time trial titles and the 2008 Olympic time trial gold medal.

A road race world title and the Hour Record are two things missing in his palmarès that he could possibility achieve before retiring. He was building towards the Hour Record prior to the UCI changing the rules to allow pursuit bikes in May 2014, but now appears to have shelved the idea. Placing fourth and fifth is the closest he has come to a rainbow jersey in the Worlds road race.

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“There’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Giro di Lombardia… Michele Bartoli never won the Worlds, so maybe I’d join his club,” Cancellara said.

“Right now, I can’t complain with what I’ve won.”

In a chat with press on Wednesday night at the Tour of Qatar, Cancellara would only confirm his schedule as far as Paris-Roubaix on April 12.

“Retirement? Nothing’s planned,” he added. “I have a contract that ends in 2016. I want to end on a high level. I don’t know about the Olympics, yes or no. The road race, I saw some details. It’s a strange parcours, it’s climbing, it’s harder than Beijing in 2008.”

  • Nick

    Exactly, since the UCI created this overarching hour record that included riders who followed the old rules with those who are using the new rules to their advantage, he doesn’t feel like the record is as pure anymore, which in his mind makes it less significant to pursue.

  • David Bassett

    Could someone explain this to me.

    He was building towards the Hour Record prior to the UCI changing the rules to
    allow pursuit bikes in May 2014, but now appears to have shelved the idea.
    Was he wanting to go for the Eddy Markcx
    type record. Because he could still do that.

  • Lee Wingate

    he best get cracking with a go at the hour record. I think everyone would love to see Wiggo, Martin and Spartacus have a crack at it….. how about a 3-way TV link-up…. they all go at the same time, differing tracks….. a true battle of the titans…. a definite ratings winner!!!! I’d certainly pay good money to see that.