Taking their breath away: Remembering Fabian Cancellara's best year

The Swiss enjoyed the greatest season of his career in 2010. In the first of a new series, Chris Marshall-Bell looks back at how he dominated cycling then

Fabian Cancellara during the 2010 Tour of Flanders (Photo by Lars Ronbog/FrontzoneSport via Getty Images)

(Image credit: FrontzoneSport via Getty Images)

The sky was a palette of greys, the clouds concocting fierce, horizontal winds that whipped up and hammered the persistent hard rain into the windows incessantly. The thermometer registered three degrees.

Workers, parents and children all left their houses wrapped in their most protective winter coats, wondering when March would relent and offer some respite.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.