Cancellara within two seconds

Chrono specialist Fabian Cancellara (Fassa Bortolo) came close but was still two seconds off Jens...

Chrono specialist Fabian Cancellara (Fassa Bortolo) came close but was still two seconds off Jens Voigt's winning time in the Paris-Nice prologue. Resplendent in his red Swiss TT Champion's skinsuit, Cancellara said afterwards that, "This prologue was one of my primary objectives of the season and a podium placing two seconds behind an athlete in form like Jens Voigt, one of the favourites for this Paris-Nice, is satisfying for me. I've come out of a lesser period because I was sick for a long time: from our team camp, at the end of January, to the first races in Spain where I started in the Ruta del Sol. Before I left for Paris-Nice I was at Flecha's house (in Spain) where I could train in warmer weather and I must say that the choice was a correct one.

"Although my preparation has been interrupted, it seems to me to be more than last year, I still hope to be ready for the important races such as Paris-Roubaix, the other northern classics, continuing with the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de France, where in the first day's time trial I hope to repeat my performance of the 2004 prologue. I will now fine tune my preparation in Paris-Nice with the hope of finding better times."

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