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Cancellara's bad luck ruins E3 Harelbeke defence

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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) picks himself up from a crash.

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) picks himself up from a crash. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) checks over his bike following a crash.

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) checks over his bike following a crash. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Eyes on the prize: Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) can lay down a marker at E3 Harelbeke.

Eyes on the prize: Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) can lay down a marker at E3 Harelbeke. (Image credit: Barry Ryan)

Bad luck cost Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) the chance of defending his title in E3 Harelbeke on Friday. The two-time race winner suffered three punctures and two crashes during the race and despite being a major factor in several attacks had to settle for 22nd place on the day.

 

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Daniel Benson

 Daniel Benson is the Editor in Chief at both Cyclingnews.com and BikePerfect.com. Based in the UK, he has worked within cycling for almost 15 years, and he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he has reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he runs the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.