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Old 11-02-10, 20:04
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I must say that I am a bit surprised that Cancellara is taking this risky bet already next season and not a year or two later.

I must say that I admire him for taking this risk to give up, where he was one of the best if not the best (at least at the moment), i.e. Flanders, Roubaix and target sharply different race profiles. What we often saw missing in GT races; guys not trying something by risking all and prefering to keep what they have, Spartacus is now doing in a pretty courageous and spectacular move on a larger scale. He risks an entire season. At least that's my view, if he really goes for it.

It will be very interesting to follow whether he will suceed in this re-focus like he suceeded in almost all other one day race targets so far during his career. I wish him all the luck and success. Stay tuned...
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I was also surprised he didn't compete in the Geelong ITT because he had nothing to prove and wanted new goals.

Oh, wait...
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Old 11-02-10, 20:22
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...the 29-year-old is ready to change his focus. He told Vélo Magazine that his highlights in 2011 will be Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Worlds road race, and the Tour of Lombardy.

Winning La Doyenne would require a different season schedule. "I think that I can win Liege-Bastogne-Liege, but to do so would require very specific preparation. I would have to forget about Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, and use the Tour of the Basque Country to achieve the best condition." He has never ridden the Basque race in his career before.

It would also mean that he would have to keep his weight down to win all of those races. “The preparation is different for the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana. In the Worlds at Mendrisio, where I finished fifth, I weighed 79 kilos, while in the Classics this April, I was 82 kilos. If you want to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege in April, you should be 79 kilos. "
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Interesting. No Tour in 2011?
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Old 11-02-10, 20:29
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What surprised me more is when he stated that the reason behind him leaving Saxo Bank was Contador and the change of focus in the team. During the Schleck period, the whole team was dedicated to the 2 brothers and not Cancellara, so the arrival of Contador wouldn't have changed the way the team operates. So it's not the real reason for leaving Saxo IMO.
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i respect his choice.having all the monuments in the bag is more valuable than 5 paris-roubaix and 5 tour of flanders in my view.so that will be exciting as hell to watch.he will make his moves 40-50 km away from the finish then ITT.i think he can win them all and i would like that to happen.
and after that what?
grand tours of course.
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Hope he fails, that's all I can say lol.
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Hope he fails, that's all I can say lol.
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