HISTORY

TIME TO TURN BACK THE CLOCK

Find out what makes one of the greatest riders of a generation tick.

With a career spanning seventeen years, Fabian Cancellara is one of only a handful of riders to experience first-hand how drastically the life of the professional cyclist has changed in recent years. He remembers well turning pro in 2001 (at the tender age of just nineteen); those early years where a riders’ post-race routine would consist solely of showering, eating and sleeping after the nightly massage – a far cry from cool-down roller sessions, tortuous stretching regimes and endless entourage of masseurs, nutritionists, physios and support staff that characterise professional cycling today.

Equipped with a mental strength matched only by his prodigious talent, Fabian adapted to and prospered as one of the leading protagonists of cycling’s new age and his constant desire to improve and progress saw him dominate so many of the time trials and spring Classics that were his specialities. He was a regular on the podiums of other high profile races and would surely have claimed more victories but for his own over-enthusiastic nature and the co-ordinated tactics of his rivals.

He won his professional debut at the Tour of Rhodes in Greece (way back in 2001) and dominated his last race too – leaving cycling’s centre stage in Rio de Janiero as Olympic time trial champion. It’s this consistency that perhaps characterises Fabian’s racing career, a rider who competed at the very top of the sport from the first pedal stroke to the last.

After his multiple victories in Flanders and Roubaix he is understandably worshipped In Belgium and held up by ‘Flandrians’ as one of their own. Few riders embody that famous Flandrian spirit like Fabian – a true fighter, who never shies from the rain, wind or cold and, above all else, never gives up.

Fabian Cancellara racing
Fabian Cancellara celebrating
Fabian Cancellara sleeping
Fabian Cancellara indoor
Fabian Cancellara celebrating
Fabian Cancellara in tropical setting
Fabian Cancellara racing
Fabian Cancellara celebrating
Fabian Cancellara posed on bike
Fabian Cancellara celebrating
Fabian Cancellara racing
Fabian Cancellara racing
Fabian Cancellara waving to crowd
Fabian Cancellara at start of race
Fabian Cancellara celebrating
Fabian Cancellara racing
Fabian Cancellara celebrating
Fabian Cancellara sleeping
Fabian Cancellara indoor
Fabian Cancellara celebrating
Fabian Cancellara in tropical setting
Fabian Cancellara racing
Fabian Cancellara celebrating
Fabian Cancellara posed on bike
Fabian Cancellara celebrating
Fabian Cancellara racing
Fabian Cancellara racing
Fabian Cancellara waving to crowd
Fabian Cancellara at start of race
Fabian Cancellara celebrating
Personal Information
  • Last Name: Cancellara
  • First Name: Fabian
  • Nickname: Spartacus, Canci
  • Birth: 18th March 1981, Wohlen by Berne
  • Height: 1.86m
  • Residence: Ittigen by Berne
  • Marital status: Married to Stefanie since 2006, Daughters Giuliana and Elina
  • Profession: Former professional Athlete, entrepreneur
  • Professional: 1st September 2000 to 10th August 2016 (Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro)
Teams

Spartacus in Numbers

86

Professional Victories

17

Years of professional racing

4

world individual time trial championships (2006/07/09/10)

3

times winner of Paris-Roubaix (2006/07/13)