Cancellara's Classics Column: Wout is out, Tour of Flanders is wide open

Fabian Cancellara
Fabian Cancellara (Image credit: Getty Images)

There’s only one place to start: Wout is out. It’s a shocker. It’s a bummer. It changes everything.

First of all, I’m sad for Wout. It’s really hard because it’s something that was out of his control. No one could see that coming and now he has to digest it all. The disappointment, on a human level, is not to be underestimated.

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Fabian Cancellara

Fabian Cancellara is an ex-professional cyclist who raced from 2001 to 2016 for Mapei, Fassa Bortolo, CSC and Trek. One of a select trio of riders to have won Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders three times, alongside arch rival Tom Boonen and Johan Museeuw, he is the only racer who can add the Strade Bianche triple to that glittering statistic – first across the line in Siena at four year intervals between 2008 and 2016."Spartacus" was also a formidable time trialist: four times world champion, twice Olympic champion,  his final race as a professional cyclist came in the TT at the Rio Olympics in 2016, where he triumphed over second-placed Tom Dumoulin by a staggering 47 seconds. Alongside various business interests – and being a Cyclingnews columnist, of course – Cancellara is a founder of the Tudor Pro Cycling team, currently racing at UCI Pro Team level.