Cancellara Wins E3 Harelbeke 2013
Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard) has won the E3 Harelbeke for the third time in four years.
you never know what tomorrow brings. After my crash in Flanders last year, this was my first race on this special ground. I saw that there were many Omega Pharma-Quick Steps in the front, so I decided to try something. I went alone, and Dirk Demol kept telling me, 'Keep on going.' It was so hard but such a unique experience. Many things crossed my mind. This is a great win for me and for the team. Anything that will come now is a bonus. Also, I send best wishes to Eddy Merckx, who is in the hospital now."
Cancellara's victory put him at the top of the favorites list for the Tour of Flanders on March 31 and Paris-Roubaix on April 7, but the RadioShack-Leopard man is taking things one step at a time. "Will I be picked as the favorite now for Flanders and Roubaix?" he asked rhetorically. "That's life. The most important goals are indeed still coming, but let's celebrate first. We worked months for this. Now, I can tackle the other races in a more relaxed way. I feel renewed confidence with this win but also renewed pressure as well. In the end, it's a victory, and I know I've done my job."
Before the other two monuments, Cancellara and many other riders in today's race will take on Gent-Wevelgem 2013 on Sunday. How will they fare? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!