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Cancellara: This season shows that I’m human

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Fabian Cancellara attacking on the Haaghoek, heading to the Leberg. This appeared to be the race winning move, but things didn't quite go to plan for Cancellara that afternoon.

Fabian Cancellara attacking on the Haaghoek, heading to the Leberg. This appeared to be the race winning move, but things didn't quite go to plan for Cancellara that afternoon.
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Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)

Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)
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Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek)

Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek)
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Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) took fourth

Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) took fourth
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Fabian Cancellara failed to win a fifth TT title

Fabian Cancellara failed to win a fifth TT title
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Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) continues his Worlds build-up.

Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) continues his Worlds build-up.
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Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) wasn't able to match Martin's pace.

Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) wasn't able to match Martin's pace.
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Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) stretches out at the start

Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) stretches out at the start
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Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) couldn't add to his string of Tour de France stage wins.

Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) couldn't add to his string of Tour de France stage wins.
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Tour de Luxembourg leader Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek)

Tour de Luxembourg leader Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek)
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Defending Paris-Roubaix champion Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) recons key sections of the route.

Defending Paris-Roubaix champion Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) recons key sections of the route.
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E3 Prijs: Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) was a marked man after his win in Harelbeke.

E3 Prijs: Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) was a marked man after his win in Harelbeke.
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Leopard Trek teammates Fabian Cancellara and Andy Schleck don't seem to mind the inclement weather.

Leopard Trek teammates Fabian Cancellara and Andy Schleck don't seem to mind the inclement weather.
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E3 Prijs: Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) would recover spectacularly from his mechanical trouble.

E3 Prijs: Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) would recover spectacularly from his mechanical trouble.
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Milan-San Remo podium (l-r): Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek), Matt Goss (HTC - Highroad) and Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma - Lotto)

Milan-San Remo podium (l-r): Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek), Matt Goss (HTC - Highroad) and Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma - Lotto)
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Tour of Flanders: Fabian Cancellara and Sylvain Chavanel are about to be caught on the slopes of the Muur, as Philippe Gilbert charges around the corner behind.

Tour of Flanders: Fabian Cancellara and Sylvain Chavanel are about to be caught on the slopes of the Muur, as Philippe Gilbert charges around the corner behind.
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Leopard-Trek had the benefit of world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara in its ranks

Leopard-Trek had the benefit of world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara in its ranks
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Tour of Flanders: Fabian Cancellara leads Sylvain Chavanel in their two-up break.

Tour of Flanders: Fabian Cancellara leads Sylvain Chavanel in their two-up break.
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The 2011 Paris-Roubaix podium: Maarten Tjallingi (Rabobank), Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Cervelo) and Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek)

The 2011 Paris-Roubaix podium: Maarten Tjallingi (Rabobank), Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Cervelo) and Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek)
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The E3 Prijs Vlaanderen - Harelbeke podium: Jurgen Roelandts (2nd), Fabian Cancellara (1st) and Vladimir Gusev (3rd)

The E3 Prijs Vlaanderen - Harelbeke podium: Jurgen Roelandts (2nd), Fabian Cancellara (1st) and Vladimir Gusev (3rd)
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A exhausted Fabian Cancellara crosses the line in 2009. The Swiss rider was one of the strongest riders in the race but was beaten through better tactics rather than just pure strength

A exhausted Fabian Cancellara crosses the line in 2009. The Swiss rider was one of the strongest riders in the race but was beaten through better tactics rather than just pure strength
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Runner-up Fabian Cancellara congratulates Milan-San Remo winner Matt Goss.

Runner-up Fabian Cancellara congratulates Milan-San Remo winner Matt Goss.
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step), Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank) and Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) sprint to the line in Ninove.

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step), Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank) and Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) sprint to the line in Ninove.
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The liete men podium: Bradley Wiggins, Tiony Martin and Fabian Cancellara

The liete men podium: Bradley Wiggins, Tiony Martin and Fabian Cancellara
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Switzerland's four-time world champion Fabian Cancellara gets ready for the training session at the hotel.

Switzerland's four-time world champion Fabian Cancellara gets ready for the training session at the hotel.
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Andy Schleck comes in with Fabian Cancellara

Andy Schleck comes in with Fabian Cancellara
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Paris-Roubaix: Flat out. Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) had to settle for second in Roubaix.

Paris-Roubaix: Flat out. Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) had to settle for second in Roubaix.
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Fabian Cancellara has said he is more motivated for success in 2012 than he was before last season in which he failed to successfully defend either of his two Monument wins and was outshined by Tony Martin in the big time trial rendezvous of the season.

The 30-year-old Swiss admitted that his 2011 season lacked the high prestige victory he wanted but he refused to see the past 12 months as unsuccessful.

“The big win was missing,” he confirmed to Procycling. “Those situations in the races came because everyone was watching me or were against me and that makes it even harder to do a result. It’s easier to win races than to defend races.”

However the four-time winner of the world time trial admitted that he was far more focused on the Copenhagen road race. He finished fourth behind Mark Cavendish, Matt Goss and André Greipel.

 A full feature on Fabian Cancellara appears in next month's edition of Procycling magazine.