"I actually wanted to make this news public after a victory in the Tour of Flanders, but given the changed circumstances I'll say it anyway: we are expecting a second child," the Swiss time trail ace said at the press conference held in the Crossklinik Basel. The baby is due sometime this summer.
Given the extent of the multiple fracture of his collarbone, Cancellara will rest for a few days before taking to the rollers again. "I'm certainly going to recover for another week or ten days now. In principle, I could start training again on the rollers now but I'm just going to use this recovery time to spend some quality time with my family. My next goal will then be in August with the London Olympics," he explained, confirming earlier reports that he will come back to racing at the end of May, at the Tour of Bavaria from May 22-27.
Cancellara's crash in the feed zone was of course a shocker for his pregnant wife, who was watching the Tour of Flanders on television. "While I was in the ambulance, I tried to call her back home in Switzerland, but the line was always busy," the 31-year-old told Blick.ch.
"I received a lot of support, a lot of text messages. Tom Boonen also sent me one, wishing me good recovery. He wrote...
The Garmin-Barracuda duo of Tyler Farrar and Andreas Klier met up on Tuesday for a short recovery ride around the country lanes of Gent. The pair had ridden the Tour of Flanders on Sunday and with Scheldeprijs on Wednesday, the day’s ride revolved around a gentle spin, coffee and a friendly chit-chat.
Farrar lives in Gent, while Klier has stayed in Garmin’s Classics hotel for several weeks. The two met up and after a quick coffee set out for an hour’s ride. On the menu was a 40 kilometer route along one of Farrar's easier training loops. No hills, no cobbles, just pancake-flat roads in beautiful Belgian spring weather.
Behind them, Garmin’s new director sportif Geert Van Bondt, drove a team car. The Belgian joined up with the team on a part-time basis last year but has now become a key ingredient in their Classics campaign. Van Bondt spent most of his racing career at the side of Peter van Petegem but tasted success in Gent-Wevelgem in 2000. He retired in 2004.
Cyclingnews was given exclusive access for the training ride.
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"In 2010 we had a wonderful celebration with Wouter Weylandt,” Schouwenaar said, according to HLN.be. The finish line has been laid with a special line of stones on the road, with the plaque nearby.
Ironically, the finish line was tiled last year. “That happened just before the stage which we could not imagine would end so dramatically for our winner,” Schouwenaar said. “In Middelburg, the Giro stage of 2010 will forever be remembered. But that memory is not complete without the name of Wouter Weylandt. Thank you, Wouter. We will not forget you. Rest in peace."
Phinney, twice a winner of the U23 version of the race, will line up with Thor Hushovd and Alessandro Ballan as team leaders. Hushovd and Ballan have both made the Roubaix podium in previous years and team manager Jim Ochowicz will be confident of a strong team performance after Ballan and Greg Van Avermaet finished 3rd and 4th in Flanders.
Ochowicz told Cyclingnews earlier this week that he expects Phinney to finish the race at the first attempt and carry out his duties as a domestique. He is also joined in the team by George Hincapie. The 38-year-old American broke the record for the number of Flanders finishes when he crossed the line for the 17th time last weekend.
BMC line-up for Paris-Roubaix:
Alessandro Ballan (Ita), Marcus Burghardt (Ger), George Hincapie (USA), Thor Hushovd (Nor), Taylor Phinney (USA), Manuel Quinziato (Ita), Michael Schär (Swi), Danilo Wyss (Swi)
US Pro Continental team won opening round in Tampa
The inaugural USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar (NCC) kicked off on Saturday at the Cigar City Brewing Criterium in Tampa, Florida, the first of 19 events in the series.
With his victory Saturday evening in Tampa, Australia's Hilton Clarke (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) claimed the top spot in the NCC men's standings with 60 points while Luis Alberto Romero Amaran (Jamis-Sutter Home) trails by 24 points in second place. The third-placed rider, Kyle Wamsley (Jamis-Sutter Home), is only six points behind Amaran and just three points ahead of fourth-place rider Luca Damiani (Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder). Alexey Schmidt (Team Type 1 Devo) rounds out the top five with 24 points.
Clarke's win boosted UnitedHealthcare to the top spot of the NCC men's team standings with 78 points. Powered by the second and third-place riders, Jamis-Sutter Home holds second place with 66 points, 24 points ahead of Kenda/5-Hour Energy p/b Geargrinder. Team Mountain Khakis p/b SmartStop has a two-point cushion on Team Type 1 for fourth place.
The NCC continues on April 14 with the Presbyterian Hospital Invitational Criterium as the women join the fray in Charlotte, North Carolina, before continuing the following week with the Sunny King Criterium in Anniston, Alabama.
National Criterium Calendar - Individual standings
Farrar’s sights in the opening phase of the season have been focused squarely on the cobbled classics, at the expense of dedicated sprint training. Coming between the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, but traditionally ending with a bunch sprint, Scheldeprijs presents an interesting challenge for the American.
“I won there two years ago, so I know I can do it,” Farrar told Cyclingnews in Ghent on Tuesday. “It’s true that my focus has been more on the cobblestones and on the classics than it has been on sprinting but I can still sprint pretty well, so we’ll see.”
A veritable who’s who of sprinting will be on the start line in Antwerp on Wednesday, even if world champion Mark Cavendish (Sky) is a notable absentee as he waits on the birth of his daughter. With the likes of Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano), Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) and André Greipel (Lotto Belisol) on hand, a bunch finish in Schoten seems almost inevitable.
“It might still depend on what the weather does tomorrow,” Farrar warned. “It’s a sprinter’s race but sometimes it’s not a pure sprinter’s race. If it’s windy, there can be some crosswinds out on the farm roads, which can make things a bit more interesting.”
After his exploits on Sunday, Farrar has been looking to recover as best he can, both for Scheldeprijs and Paris-Roubaix. On Tuesday morning, he went out for
Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) has long been public property in Belgium, and his record third victory at the Tour of Flanders at the weekend only heightened the demand. On Tuesday, the hero of the hour held a press conference near his home in Antwerp to reflect on his Ronde triumph and look ahead to his next objective, Paris-Roubaix.
Twice a winner on the old parcours over the Muur and the Bosberg, Boonen took special pride in being the first man to taste success on the new route of the Tour of Flanders. He dealt with the forcing of Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) and Alessandro Ballan (BMC) on the Oude Kwaremont and Paterberg, and then dispatched the Italian pair in the sprint in Oudenaarde.
“I have to say for me it was really important to win this Tour of Flanders, as it was the first time on the new parcours," Boone said. "For me, it's really a privilege. I am really happy to have won and to have shown I am able to win a different race."
In spite of his elation at opening a new chapter in the rich history of the most celebrated Flemish occasion, Boonen admitted that from an emotional standpoint, his first victory in 2005 was hard to beat.
“I am super happy for me and the team but when I compare this happiness with the happiness for the victory I had the first time, it isn't the same. That was really a great moment and that feeling is something that has never come back.”
With six monuments inscribed in his palmares, Boonen is well used to big wins, and he enjoyed a low-key celebration with his family on Sunday night.
“On Sunday evening it was a normal evening at home. I arrived at home, drank a good glass of...