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Unstoppable Cancellara wins Paris-Roubaix classic

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-04-11

Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland clinched the Paris-Roubaix classic race a week after triumphing at the Tour of Flanders. Norway's Thor Hushovd was second and Spaniard Juan Antonio Flecha third.

 

REUTERS - Fabian Cancellara sped past his rivals on the Paris-Roubaix cobblestones to win the Queen of Classics on Sunday, a week after triumphing at the Tour of Flanders.
The Olympic and world time trial champion stuck to the same tactics that proved successful in Flanders a week ago, surging ahead some 50 kilometres from the finish line.
 
Norway's Thor Hushovd was second and Spaniard Juan Antonio Flecha finished third.
 
The Swiss had predicted that he would leave the chasing pack far behind once he had chose to part company with the leading bunch and he was not wrong.
 
When he started to accelerate on the cobbled section shortly before Mons-en-Pevelle, the white cross on his red jersey soon disappeared out of sight for those behind him.
 
Tom Boonen, second in the Tour of Flanders, tried to catch Cancellara out in a previous cobbled stretch of the route but was no match.
 
Belgium's Boonen, who was bidding for a fourth victory on the Roubaix Velodrome, was also unable to react when Hushovd and Flecha broke clear with 20 kms left.
 
Just as he had done a week ago, Cancellara waved his tiny golden angel to the television camera before crossing the line some two minutes ahead of his closest rivals.
 

 

Date created : 2010-04-11

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