Fabian Cancellara

While most professional riders are enjoying their holidays on a sunny beach, Fabian Cancellara is busy serving his country as he gets ready for another season of cobbles and time trials. Like all Swiss nationals, he has to do three weeks' annual military service and has been deployed in the special sports unit.

?I could have avoided it by paying three percent of my salary but I worked it out and realised it wasn?t worth it,? he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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