Fabian Cancellara wins, World Championships 2010, men's time trial

FABIAN CANCELLARA

Date of birth: 18/03/1981

From: Wholen, Switzerland

Team: Trek Factory Racing

Previous teams: RadioShack-Nissan (2011-2013), Team CSC/Saxo Bank (2006-2010); Fassa Bortolo (2003-2005); Mapei (2001-2002)

Fabian Cancellara career profile

Fabian Cancellara is arguably the best time trialist in men's professional cycling and a strong classics rider who used his speed and power to win Paris-Roubaix in 2006 and Milan-San Remo in 2008.

Cancellara's parents come from the south of Italy but he was born close to Berne in Switzerland and speaks German, French, Italian and English. He is nicknamed Spartacus because of his aggressive style of racing.

Cancellara was a talented cross country skier as a boy but focused totally on cycling after winning the junior world time trial championships in 1998 and 1999. He was second in the 2000 under 23 world championships at just 19 and joined the Mapei development team as part of a talented generation of riders that also included Britain's Charly Wegelius, Filippo Pozzato, Bernhard Eisel, Patrick Sinkewitz, Laszlo Bodrogi and Michael Rogers.

Cancellara won his first professional time trial in 2001 at the Tour of Rhodes and has not looked back since. He joined Fassa Bortolo in 2003 and won the prologue time trial at the 2004 Tour de France in Liege and then again in London in 2007. He won the world time trial title in 2006 and 2007 and won the gold medal in the time trial at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He also won a bronze medal in the road race thanks to a late charge across to the decisive breakaway.

His victory in the 2006 Paris-Roubaix was surprising at the time but he has since shown he can win major races by combining his speed and aggression. He won Milan-San Remo with a late attack that his rivals were unable to match after comfortably handling the long race distance and the late climbs. He had used the same tactic to win stage three of 2007 Tour de France to Compiegne and used it twice in the 2008 Tour of Switzerland. He won ten races in 2008 and also played a key role in helping team mate Carlos Sastre win the Tour de France.

After a poor start to 2009, Cancellara picked up wins at the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana before netting the time trial world championship.

In 2010, Cancellara achieved the rare double of winning back-to-back Monuments, scooping the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix with a stunning display of strength and tactical riding.

Cancellara left Saxo Bank at the end of the 2010 racing season and confirmed his move to the Leopard-Trek squad in November 2010.

In 2013, Cancellara repeated his feat of 2010 - winning both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix back-to-back, plus a victory in E3 Harelbeke for good measure.

Fabian Cancellara results

2015

Tour of Oman; stage two

2014

Tour of Flanders

National time trial championship

2013

Tour of Flanders

E3 Harelbeke

Paris-Roubaix

Tour of Austria; stage seven ITT

National time trial championship

Vuelta a Espana; stage 11 ITT

2012

Strade Bianche

Tirreno-Adriatico; stage seven ITT

Tour de France; prologue ITT

2011

Tirreno-Adriatico; stage seven ITT

E3 Prijs Harelbeke

Tour de Luxembourg; prologue ITT

Tour de Suisse; stage one ITT

Tour de Suisse; stage nine ITT

2010

Tour of Oman; overall

E3 Prijs Harelbeke

Tour of Flanders

Paris-Roubaix

Tour de Suisse; stage one ITT

Tour de France; prologue

Tour de France; stage 19 ITT

World time trial championships

2009

Tour de France; stage one

Vuelta a Espana; stage one

Vuelta a Espana; stage seven

Tour of Switzerland; stage one

Tour of Switzerland; stage nine

Tour of Switzerland; overall

Tour of Switzerland; points classification

Tour of California; prologue

World time trial championships

National road race championships

2008

Tour of Switzerland; stage seven

Tour of Switzerland; stage nine

Tour of Switzerland; points classification

Tirreno-Adriatico; overall

Tirreno-Adriatico; stage 5 TT

Milan-San Remo

Tour of California; prologue

Tour of Luxembourg; prologue TT

Strade Bianche

Swiss national time trial champion

Olympic time trial champion

2007

Tour de France; prologue

Tour de France; stage three

Tour of Switzerland; stage one

Tour of Switzerland; stage nine

World time trial championship

Swiss national time trial championship

2006

Tirreno-Adriatico; stage five

Tour of Catalonia; stage one

Tour of Denmark; overall

Tour of Denmark; stage two

Tour of Denmark; stage five

Paris-Roubaix

Swiss national time trial championship

World time trial championship

2005

Paris-Nice; stage four

Tour of Catalonia; stage five

Tour of Luxembourg; stage 4

Swiss national time trial championship

2004

Tour de France; prologue

Tour of Catalonia: stage win

Tour of Luxembourg; stage

Tour of Qatar; stage

Swiss national time trial championship

2003

Tour of Switzerland; stage

Tour of Romandie; prologue

Tour of Belgium; stage

2002

Tour of Rhodes; prologue

Tour of Rhodes; overall

GP Erik Breukink; stage

GP Erik Breukink; overall

ZLM Tour

Tour of Austria; prologue TT

Tour of Boemia; stage

Swiss national time trial championship

GP Eddy Merckx TT (with Laszlo Bodrogi)

2001

Tour of Rhodes; prologue

Tour of Rhodes; overall

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