Fabian Cancellara: 'I thought the race was over, then I got angry'

Cancellara said he had to get angry to find the energy to chase back on to the lead group after an untimely mechanical at the 2016 E3 Harelbeke

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Fabian Cancellara says that he leaves the E3 Harelbeke proud of what he and his Trek-Segafredo teammates accomplished on Friday after a mechanical forced him to stop with 68km remaining. He rebounded and placed fourth behind winner Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky).

The Swiss, who is racing in his last season, stopped and tossed his bike against a nearby fence. He crossed his arms while fans gathered and photographers snapped, and the race sped ahead without him. Amazingly, however, he powered back to the leaders after the Oude Kwaremont climb 34km later.

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