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Tour de France rider galleries: Fabian Cancellara

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A relaxed Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) awaits the start of stage 5.

A relaxed Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) awaits the start of stage 5.
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) shows off his new, yellow Trek Domane prepared for the Swiss rider's first stage in the leader's jersey.

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) shows off his new, yellow Trek Domane prepared for the Swiss rider's first stage in the leader's jersey.
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_V6O6640 - Andalucia team before the race start at Qinghai Lake

_V6O6640 - Andalucia team before the race start at Qinghai Lake
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) pips Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) to the line.

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) pips Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) to the line.
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) consults with the team car.

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) consults with the team car.
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan).

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan).
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) took his 5th opening day victory at the Tour de France.

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) took his 5th opening day victory at the Tour de France.
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) at the start

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) at the start
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Nissan) gets some help from his team car

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack - Nissan) gets some help from his team car
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) poses with his bike

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) poses with his bike
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Fabian Cancellara in yellow during stage 2 of the 2012 Tour de France

Fabian Cancellara in yellow during stage 2 of the 2012 Tour de France
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) attacked on the final climb with Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) in tow.

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) attacked on the final climb with Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) in tow.
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) put in a Herculean effort on the final climb but just fell short.

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) put in a Herculean effort on the final climb but just fell short.
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Fabian Cancellara finally had to give up the yellow jersey a week after he claimed it

Fabian Cancellara finally had to give up the yellow jersey a week after he claimed it
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Fabian Cancellara battles in the maillot jaune

Fabian Cancellara battles in the maillot jaune
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) held the hot seat, but his time was later topped by Sky teammates Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) held the hot seat, but his time was later topped by Sky teammates Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.
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Four-time world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara en route to a third place finish in the 41.5km time trial.

Four-time world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara en route to a third place finish in the 41.5km time trial.
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) would finish third on the day behind the Sky duo of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) would finish third on the day behind the Sky duo of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.
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Time trial powerhouse Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) en route to a third place result.

Time trial powerhouse Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) en route to a third place result.
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The current Swiss time trial champion scorched the Lèige prologue and took the yellow jersey ahead of Wiggins. His team director Dirk Demol, tipped him to win the opening road stage and if it wasn’t for cunning and patient Sagan, he would have won the stage wearing the maillot jaune.

It wouldn’t be the first time Cancellara has won a stage whilst resplendent in the leader’s jersey. It was in the 2004 Tour that Cancellara interrupted the sprinters day by charging ahead of the peloton in the closing 750m, created a gap and held of the Erik Zabel for the win. His burst of unrelenting speed makes him a favourite for technical finishes where skill and explosive power are essential.

RadioShack – Nissan made it clear they would defend the leader’s jersey for the first stage but there ambitions for the overall classification don’t lie with the Swiss star. Cancellara will play a pivotal role in his team’s ambitions for the overall win but he’ll also get his chances in the time trials. He’ll be pushed all the way to the line by the current time trial world champion, Tony Martin (Omega Pharma – Quickstep) and the remaining general classification hopefuls. Expect to see plenty from Cancellara over the coming weeks.

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