Oakley's Fabian Cancellara Takes Victory At Swiss Opener

Cancellara Oakley’s Olympic gold medalist Fabian Cancellara mounted an impressive comeback by converting an eight-second deficit early in the race into a 1.12-second lead for the win in his home country at the Tour of Switzerland’s opening time trial on Saturday. Cancellara has won the opening-day race four times and won overall of the multistage race last year.

7.6-kilometer, or just under 5-mile, prologue of the Tour of Switzerland. He finished in 10 minutes, 21 seconds, beating Roman Kreuziger, a Czech with the Liquigas team, by one second, with Tony Martin, a German with HTC, third at three seconds behind.

The 7.6-kilometer, or just under 5-mile, course in Lugano, Canton Ticino, was short but steep with a 1.5 kilometer climb up 115 m of elevation gain. At the top of the hill, Cancellara, who was the last rider to start, seemed too far off the best time for a podium finish.

Things changed on the way down, when the Bern-based cyclist delivered an electrifying – and risky – descent down the wet, slick streets. By the time the finish line came into view, Cancellara had obliterated the gap to take the lead.

He finished in 10 minutes, 21 seconds, beating Roman Kreuziger, of the Czech Republic, by one second, with Tony Martin, of Germany, third at three seconds behind.

The nine-stage, 1,353 kilometer race cuts through northern Italy on Sunday as it rolls from Ascona, in Canton Ticinio, to Sierre, in Canton Valais. It finishes on June 20th in Liestal in Canton Basel-Country.

Author

Erin Edwards

Date

June 14, 2010

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