Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) insists that it is the right time for him to retire, despite still being competitive in his beloved cobbled Classics, having finished second at the Tour of Flanders.
The three-time Flanders winner waved goodbye to fans as he crossed the line 25 seconds behind winner Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) on Sunday.
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And while many are calling on Cancellara to stay on for one more season, the Swiss believes he is making the right decision to say his farewells now.
“There’s not a single part of me that doesn’t want to retire at the end of the season,” Cancellara said at a press conference. “It’s time to go. I think it’s good that I’m retiring when I want to, not because of health, not because of bad health, not because of not being able to find a new contract.
“I’m glad it’s this way as it allows me to say proper goodbyes, like I did at Flanders, and like I will at Roubaix next Sunday.”
“I have great memories of Roubaix, and I’m sad that this will be my last one, so I will be ready to fight more than ever and will never give up. It will be a battle to the finish line,” the three-time winner said.
“It was hard to say goodbye to Flanders, but I’m sure it will be harder later. For now I am just focussed on Roubaix. I’ve been preparing for this race for weeks and months, so need to make sure I will make it a good farewell.”