Cycling: Fabian Cancellara outfoxes rival Sep Vanmarcke in sprint duel
Monday 08 April 2013
Swiss Fabian Cancellara kept his composure to win a third Paris-Roubaix title, outdoing Belgian Sep Vanmarcke in a session of track cycling tactics at the end of a 254km (159-mile) ride yesterday.
Cancellara, who won the Queen of the Classics in 2006 and 2010, entered the Roubaix outdoor velodrome, where the finish line was drawn, against a rival who is supposed to be a better sprinter. Yet the RadioShack-Leopard rider, who achieved his second Tour of Flanders/Paris-Roubaix double, forced his opponent to a standstill on the velodrome as both men played mind games for position.
Vanmarcke was tricked into starting the sprint and the Blanco rider was leapfrogged on the home straight.
Dutchman Niki Terpstra won a four-man sprint for third position after the OmegaPharma-Quick Step team and Thord Hushovd’s BMC outfit failed to mount a challenge around their designated leaders.
On a sunny yet cold day in northern France, the battle started early but Cancellara, who had crashed earlier in the week in the Scheldeprijs and again while checking out one of the 27 cobbled sections of the Paris-Roubaix, remained focused.
With some 135km left, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Geraint Thomas and Taylor Phinney were in a breakaway group, quickly chased down by Cancellara’s team. Thomas and Filippo Pozzatto of Lampre crashed on a cobbled section with 72km left but the Italian, second in the race in 2009, made it back into the bunch, just like Norway’s Hushovd after a third puncture. France’s Damien Gaudin of Europcar also joined the leading riders but the lead shrank when Cancellara himself accelerated in front of the bunch in the Auchy-les-Orchies cobbled sector.
After the Mons-en-Pévèle sector, some 15 riders emerged in front in three groups close to each other.Vanmarcke and fellow Belgian Stijn Vandenbergh built up a decent gap in front but Cancellara made his effort in the Bourghelles-Wannehain cobbled sector with only the Czech Zdenek Stybar able to follow his pace. Stybar eventually cracked as Vanmarcke and Cancellara powered away towards their duel.
Latest in Sport
Ben Stokes and the strangest injuries in sport
Daniel Sturridge reveals Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is 'very demanding'
Michael Schumacher: Sebastian Vettel pays tribute to F1 legend with special helmet for Australian Grand Prix
Manchester United v Liverpool: How will rivals handle European role reversal?
Nicholas Anelka sacked by West Bromwich Albion: Parting is such tweet sorrow for French striker
- 1 Is your name now 'banned' in Saudi Arabia?
- 2 Best films on Netflix: 32 movies that will put an end to your scrolling
- 3 Saving a crushed egg with tape and glue: Why you should care about the kakapo
- 4 Istanbul protesters take 'Ellen selfie' from the back of a police van
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Europeans have ‘got whiter’ due to natural selection in past 5,000 years, scientists say
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
The rise of Ukip: Study warns Labour that Eurosceptic party's electoral base now 'more working class than any of the main parties'
£50000 - £60000 per annum: Charter Selection: This well respected and exciting...
£40000 - £50000 per annum: Charter Selection: This exciting company and market...
£40000 - £60000 per annum + EXCELLENT SALARY: Austen Lloyd: Senior Private Cli...
£25,000 to £35,000: IT Connections Ltd: Signal Processing Engineer / Acoustics...