Even though he is only 25 years old, Team CSC's Fabian Cancellara already has a lot of experience with Paris-Roubaix - the race the riders either love or hate. The big Swiss talent belongs to the first group and he is aiming for a big result in this year's edition of the Hell of the North.
"I might as well come clean and say: I've never been better ahead of a Paris-Roubaix, and I believe my results this year show that. I've built up my form, and now one of the big goals of the season is right in front of me. This race suits me perfectly, and I've done everything I can to be ready," said Cancellara on team-csc.com about Sunday's race.
Cancellara knows the route down to the smallest detail, and on Thursday he was out inspecting the condition of the pavés on the last 100 kilometers along with the rest of the Team CSC crew.
"Paris-Roubaix is so special and so unlike any other race - it resembles a very long and difficult time trail a bit! And then again maybe not, because you so need a good team behind you, and I really feel we have a lot to offer in that department, both in terms of experience and in terms of riders who are willing to sacrifice themselves. At the same time we have the perfect team for this race and that could turn out to be vital. Of course you also need luck in Paris-Roubaix, because there are so many crashes and punctures that can stop you in your tracks. We have done everything possible to minimize these risks, and the rest is up to the riders. One thing is for sure: It will be tough, it's gonna hurt - and strange as it may sound - I'm really looking forward to it."