Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) will line up for Sunday’s Tour of Flanders as a red hot favourite to win his second Ronde. The 32-year-old’s career has been built on a combination of time trialing domination and one-day success, with the Tour of Flanders providing him with both agony and ecstasy.
Cancellara’s first Tour of Flanders came in 2003 but his first top-ten would have to wait until 2006. In 2009 he famously snapped his chain on the Koppenberg and was ruled out of contention but he bounced back a year later to take a memorable win, mercilessly dropping Tom Boonen on the Kapelmuur.
A year later and despite being in a similarly rich vein of form he was forced to settle for third place as Nick Nuyens used brains over brawn to capture a thrilling victory.