Fabian Cancellara signs off from Paris-Roubaix in dubious style - crashing on his lap of honour and sliding into a puddle

Fabian Cancellara would have wanted to say goodbye to Paris-Roubaix by crossing the line first and sealing his fourth victory. Instead he finished on his backside after taking a tumble on his lap of honour.

The Swiss saw his chances of winning destroyed by a crash on the five-star Mons-en-Pévèle sector and he rolled in over three minutes down on winner Mathew Hayman.

But as he waved goodbye to his fans in the Roubaix velodrome he grabbed a huge Swiss flag on a stick to take with him on his lap.

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It backfired somewhat, with Cancellara losing some grip on his back wheel, skidding and finally crashing to the track and sliding down the boards into a puddle.

To be fair to the man, he styled it out somewhat – as much as you can when you’re on your backside in a puddle, anyway.

It brought to an end Cancellara’s storied cobbled Classics career, in which he won three Tours of Flanders and three Paris-Roubaix titles.

  • Habanero

    You are a phucking tool.

  • Habanero

    Got proof?

    Didn’t think so, so STFU.

  • Michele

    Well, sorry to disappoint, but I think I can claim to have more right to be on this ENGLISH website than you do.

    After all, our little back-and-forth has demonstrated quite clearly that I have a better grasp on using the language.

    That, coupled with the fact that I live in an English speaking country, have a passport from a country that’s mother tongue is English, and finally, that I subscribe to CycleSport magazine, suggests I have every right to be on this site.

    Testa di cazzo.

  • David Kerry

    Michele .. Face the facts your cycling community is full of doping cheats who don’t like losing .. You don’t belong on this ENGLISH website !! Il stronzo

  • Gary Jogela

    2. It’s doesn’t not dosent

  • Michele

    You a slow learner Dave??


    “So YOU’RE from that epo …”

    The term I think you mean is epo-riddled.

    And where are you from Davey? The U.K.? I see the UKAD has been in the news lately.

    You must be so proud.

  • Stevie

    Fabian has a degree in mechanical engineering? You can buy motors currently that run and are noticeable. To make one that was silent and implement it without any whistle blowers would be almost impossible. Yet alone the amount of tech research/ development which would be ground breaking for the engineering industry for reducing motor noise. If someone had developed this tech would they offer it to a cyclist or patent it. One of these two outcomes would make them a tidy sum the other would make them a multimillionaire.

  • David Kerry

    A candidate for being sued.. Wtf are you on about.. Come on then sue me for what.. Like I said that cancellara is a cheating doping rider

  • David Kerry

    Michele.. So your from that epo ridden country where all those cycling cheats and dopers come from.. Congratulations you must be so proud??

  • Michele

    A couple of adjustments to your post Davo:

    1. It’s you’re, not your.

    2. I’m a male, not female. I’m an Italian, who’s been following cycling since before the EPO-era, and who, judging by your spelling and grammar, obviously has a greater grasp of the English language than you.

    Don’t worry. I’m not offended. I love women.


  • David Kerry

    Michele.. So your another ” cycling fan” who dosent like to believe that riders from cancellaras era were either doping or cheating in other ways .. E.g the motorised bike.. Typical women don’t have a clue

  • Michele

    There are YouTube “documentaries” purporting that the earth is, in fact, flat.

    That must be true too.

  • llos25

    CW why do you allow such a dummy to comment he s way out of his depth and is a candidate for being sued with all of the implications for your publication..

  • llos25

    You do not think the bikes are checked and checked again before the start and when they finish .You show a distinct lack of knowledge towards cycle racing preferring to believe a cartoon on the internet.

  • David Chadderton

    Very sorry you fell off Fabian. A good ride in the race of course. But, track racers know that we cannot mess about on the bankings and have to treat them with great respect. Even concrete can be slippery. With puddles on the azure, there was moisture on the track and dampness in the air. We stay off the slopes in those conditions. Holding firmly onto the handlebars is also necessary for safety. Stay safe and enjoy the ride.

  • David Kerry

    Jarred speed.. Have you not watched the documentary on you tube regarding this cheating riders bike .. Have you not watched how this cheating rider somehow rode away from the top classics riders whilst not 1 of them was able to respond to his accelerations.. Obviously you’re blind to this fact!! It’s called the Internet!! Use it!!!

  • Pirinyobernard

    Nice comment. Congrat.

  • Jarrod Speed

    you must have no life

  • Derek Biggerstaff


  • A mí no me pagan por opinar

    Does anybody have any proof? The answer is, if you go out of your bias and go rational, maybe. That win still looks very suspicious to this day.

  • kees kroket

    do you have proof for that?
    The answer is no

  • David Kerry

    So glad this doping motorised cheater didn’t win!! Best cycling fall I’ve seen in ages!!

  • Anthony Meadows

    Broaching !Dont take up sailing Fabian.