Giro d’Italia: Cancellara Leaves Giro


Fabian Cancellara (Trek Segafredo) 4th in Giro Time Trial but leaves race to recover from illness

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Giro d’Italia: Cancellara Leaves Giro

As an early starter, Fabian Cancellara benefited from a dry course but lacked his normal time trial prowess in the stage nine race against the clock and finished in fourth place in a time of 52:13.

Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) also profited from dry roads to win the time trial in a time of 51:45 as the top finishers all began before the rain pummelled on the technical 40.5-kilometer course.

“I did a good time trial performance-wise, I had good sensations, I calculated good, but I didn’t have enough power,” Cancellara said. “Maybe it was my condition, maybe the sickness…I don’t know it could be a lot of things. I just did my best, what I could, and the rest is just racing. You win you lose that is just how it is.

“It was a tough one, a hard one, and not maybe the nicest one for my style of racing. In the end, I paid a bit for trying to gain on the rider I saw in front of me. I went a bit over the edge and then I paid the price, but in the end, I could manage in the downhill to recover a bit. That’s how it is. I knew it was my last [stage], so I did it all-in.”

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Cancellara is heading home from the Giro d’Italia without the results he had aimed for after falling sick ahead of the start, but with his focus now on the second half of the season, rest is crucial.

“Fabian did not fully recover from his fever in the first days because normally on a parcours like this he would be near the level of the top three riders, or podium, and it’s clear it is not the case,” pointed out general manager Luca Guercilena. “He needs to recover now, or he will compromise the rest of the season. He had been really going à bloc since February so it’s time that he takes a breath.”

“I leave the Giro now,” continued Cancellara. “I have to look forward. I think it was quite hard to manage the sickness during the first days and we have to look what comes after and calculate. This is the best situation and best moment to leave and continue for what’s next.”



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