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Worlds: Cancellara relaxed but focused for individual time trial

By:
Stephen Farrand
Published:
September 24, 2013, 10:45 BST,
Updated:
September 24, 2013, 11:54 BST
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Race:
UCI Road World Championships
Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard)

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard)

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Swiss rider targets fifth world title but insists he is not the favourite

Fabian Cancellara is targeting a fifth world individual time trial title on Wednesday but with so many rainbow jerseys already won, he has insisted he feels under no pressure to do it again, naming Tony Martin, Bradley Wiggins, Taylor Phinney and "an Australian rider"
as the favourites for the 57.9km race.

"They're the favourites considering that the course is flat and with long straight roads," Cancellara told the Italian news agency ANSA during a press conference.

"I'm relaxed but focused because I know I've worked well."

"The course seems hard, I know I'll have to push hard and pedal a lot. My rivals perhaps have got an advantage on me but I'm not racing against them but against the clock. And that's what I'm good at."

Italian roots

Cancellara admitted that his Italian roots - his parents are from Potenza in southern Italy - will give extra motivation but not put any extra pressure on his shoulders.

"If I win I suppose the Italian press will be happy but I'm proud to be Swiss. But I can't deny that racing in Switzerland will give me a bit more motivation," he said.

Cancellara carefully avoided question about Sunday's road race, where is also a major favourite after showing impressive form on the climbs at the Vuelta a Espana. He's taking the world championships one event at a time.

However he was disappointed that Radioshack-Leopard was only fifth in the team time trial event, despite his efforts to drag the team to a better result.

"Let's see how Wednesday's time trial goes first, then we'll evaluate things for Sunday," he said.

"We wanted to win the team time trial but we lost a lot of time. That result won’t affect my motivation for Wednesday or for the road race.
Even if I lose on Wednesday, I won't cry…"

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