Fabian Cancellara: 'I want my last year to be a perfect year'

Cancellara doesn't want to leave his distinguished career on a year of 'regrets' and plans to make the most of every race in 2016

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Fabian Cancellara rode around the peloton in Tirreno-Adriatico this week and confirmed to his peers, "Yes, this is really my last year." The Swiss Classics and time trial specialist, 35 on Friday, says that some still cannot believe he is leaving.

Team Trek-Segafredo's Cancellara will race the final stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico on Tuesday. He won the same 10.05km time trial last year on Italy's eastern coast in San Benedetto del Tronto. Monday night in the Hotel International's meeting room, he spoke with a small group of press before sitting in the dinning room to eat the hotel's lasagne, as he has for the last six years.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.