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.
- Last Name: Cancellara
- First Name: Fabian
- Nickname: Spartacus, Canci
- Birth: 18th March 1981, Wohlen by Bern
- Height: 1.86m
- Residence: Ittigen by Bern
- Marial 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)
Spartacus in Numbers
Years of professional racing
world individual time trial championships (2006/07/09/10)
times winner of Paris-Roubaix (2006/07/13)