Cancellara targets road race glory again
Olympic time trial champion Fabian Cancellara has admitted that the prospect of a record-breaking fourth world crown in the discipline is not his only goal this week.
Cancellara has won the time trial at the world road race cycling
championships three times, a record he shares with Australia's
But while the Swiss is expected to battle Germany's Tony Martin
in Thursday's 45.6km race against the clock, he is also harbouring
thoughts of challenging for the coveted rainbow jersey in the men's
road race on Sunday.
Cancellara missed out on a road race medal last year, despite
being one of the main protagonists in the tense final lap of an
epic race in Mendrisio in his native Switzerland.
After Cancellara had run out of juice, Cadel Evans attacked in
the closing kilometres and went on to win Australia's first ever
world road race crown.
A year on, Cancellara still has regrets. But he believes he has
a chance to make amends -- if he races wisely, and strikes at the
"I don't know if Cadel was stronger than me, but I was the
strongest and Cadel was the smartest," Cancellara said on Monday as
he spoke about the 2009 race.
"I did all I could to stay at the front and attack, but that was
not smart of me. Now I am in a better situation.
"There are about 10 guys who can really win the race. But it is
not like last year where I was a big favourite.
"The Swiss team also does not have to bare the weight of the
race, we can wait for the Belgians or Italians (to take
"I can chose when I want to put the hammer down."
Before focusing on Sunday's road race, held over 262.7km
including 11 laps of a tough 15.9km circuit, Cancellara aims to
maintain his reputation by winning the men's time trial on
It is held on two laps of a 22.8km circuit, most of which will
be used in the road races. That means the climbs used in the road
race will feature, and the course is undulating for the rest of the
Martin has been Cancellara's closest rival this year, beating
the Swiss in a Tour of Switzerland time trial before coming
runner-up to him in the prologue and penultimate stage time trials
of the Tour de France.
Australian Richie Porte has also been touted as a challenger by
Cancellara, but with history-making on the agenda the Swiss seems a
"I want to make history here. Coming after Mick Rogers, who won
the title three times, it would be great to do better than him,"
said Cancellara, who was crowned world champion in 2006, 2007 and
"Tony Martin is getting closer but I don't understand why he did
not finish the Tour of Britain because you have to have tough
competition before a time trial like this.
"It is not enough to be strong. Because of the two climbs on the
course, that you have to race twice, it's a very difficult race.
You have to have an tactical approach to the race, you have to even
your forces out."