Fabian Cancellara, the tough rated rider for Saxo Bank, makes Switzerland’s realized its dream. The long awaited win at the Tour of Flanders finally becomes a reality with last Sunday’s one day classic remarkable 15km solo attack right from the start handed down by Cancellara.
In another epic event, Tom Boonen of Quick Step and Belgium’s two time winner, wrapped up the 261.5 km top-notch just a shy minute behind as runner-up after lagging at the steeps of the race’s punishing ultimate cobbled climb of the Muur Van Geraardsbergen.
Ealier at the Muur, Cancellara appeared to be losing his wind but only to swing past Boonen. Dancing hovering on his saddle from side to side, Boonen seemed exhausted as Cancellara swiftly zooming ahead on his saddle. His time trial skills paid off and did the rest of the job and Cancellara was well ahead with just one climb to go at Bosberg’s steep.
Cancellara well known to his rivals as “Spartacus” due to his gladiator style on the bike knew that with 3 kilometers to go, he has got the race tucked well in the bag.
Boonen graciously embraced defeat after realizing that Cancellara was the strongest. Two other Belgians Philippe Gilbert finished third and Bjorn Leukemans in fourth were contenders similar to the previous year. American Lance Amstrong finished in 2:35 just to get the feel of the treacherous and punishing race.
Henry Sutter won the Tour of Flanders in 1923. Cancellara is the second Swiss ever to win the amazing one day classic race.