Cancellara Wins Paris-Roubaix for Third Time
Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard) has won Paris-Roubaix 2013. He soloed to his previous two victories, but today, the man called Spartacus had company in the velodrome in Roubaix. Cancellara took a two-up sprint from Sep Vanmarcke (Blanco) to win the 254.5-km Hell of the North in 5:45:33.
and pretty far back, but then I started to move up. This is a race you can never give up on until the end. I had to play with him in the end because I tried to go away, but he followed, so then I knew it was man against man. I'm happy for the team and for me. Now I look forward to rest and a holiday. Mission accomplished."
Cancellara pointed out that he had to take the race by the scruff of the neck because the entire field was racing against him and RadioShack-Leopard. "It's amazing having a third victory," Cancellara said. "When I see how in this race everyone was against our team, against me, I just had to do a selection. The team came into a little bit of difficulty because we lost a few guys because of bad luck. But that's Roubaix. It's always nice to win alone, but today there was pure fighting until the very end. I could not believe it when I crossed the finish line. My legs and my head wanted to bring me here."
Spartacus will take a break, but many of the riders in Paris-Roubaix will toe the line at the Amstel Gold Race next Sunday. How will they fare? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!