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Two-time world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara came out on top again at the Olympic time trial...
Two-time world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara came out on top again at the Olympic time trial on Wednesday in Beijing, China.
"It was a perfect day. Everything came together for me. I've been preparing for this as well as I possibly could and I've sacrificed a lot to get here, so I didn't have any excuses in case it didn't work out today," said Cancellara on www.teamcsc-saxobank.com. "Now I'll finally be able to return home with both a gold and a bronze Medal." Cancellara finished third in the Olympic road race on Saturday.
Although Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) was also a heavy favorite for the race against the clock, Cancellara proved the German's bid to win at an end when he caught him on lap one after starting a minute and a half behind.
"I knew that many saw me as the favorite and that can sometimes be hard, so I'm definitely proud of my performance," said Cancellara. "Of course it gave an extra boost to catch up to Schumacher, but I had my own agenda so it didn't change anything as far as my approach went."
Cancellara has missed spending time with his family this summer; he was busy competing in the Tour de France and then arrived early to Beijing to become acclimated to conditions.
"By going to Beijing early I gave myself the chance to get over my jetlag properly and relax mentally before embarking on the final preparations." He credited his family, team and fans with the support he needed to win two medals in Beijing.