All for one, one for all for Cancellara

Fabian Cancellara (CSC)

Fabian Cancellara (CSC) (Image credit: Unipublic)

By Shane Stokes in Ponferrada

Paris-Roubaix winner Fabian Cancellara has two goals at this Vuelta. The main one is to help pave the way for a potential victory by CSC team leader Carlos Sastre, second on stage seven and currently third overall, and the second is to build form for the world time trial championships later this month. The Swiss rider seemed happy with things thus far at the start village on Friday morning.

"The racing is going well, every day is a bit better and the team is strong," he said. "We are in a great way for Carlos. We will see how things go over the next few hard stages but it is going well.

"I think that today's [mountain] stage should not be any problem for Carlos. We are holding back a little as regards the riding we are doing because we are not here to kill the team in the early mountain stages. The Vuelta is long and the stages in the mountains are really hard. We will do things in a good way."

"Personally, my first goal is to be here for the team, to work for them, but I can also build form for the world championship time trial at the same time. It is good preparation for that, and each day I am feeling stronger. I won't go for a road stage but will try to win the next time trial. We will see what happens after that, how I feel."

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1