Cancellara within two seconds

Chrono specialist Fabian Cancellara (Fassa Bortolo) came close but was still two seconds off Jens Voigt's winning time in the Paris-Nice prologue. Resplendent in his red Swiss TT Champion's skinsuit, Cancellara said afterwards that, "This prologue was one of my primary objectives of the season and a podium placing two seconds behind an athlete in form like Jens Voigt, one of the favourites for this Paris-Nice, is satisfying for me. I've come out of a lesser period because I was sick for a long time: from our team camp, at the end of January, to the first races in Spain where I started in the Ruta del Sol. Before I left for Paris-Nice I was at Flecha's house (in Spain) where I could train in warmer weather and I must say that the choice was a correct one.

"Although my preparation has been interrupted, it seems to me to be more than last year, I still hope to be ready for the important races such as Paris-Roubaix, the other northern classics, continuing with the Tour de Suisse and the Tour de France, where in the first day's time trial I hope to repeat my performance of the 2004 prologue. I will now fine tune my preparation in Paris-Nice with the hope of finding better times."

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