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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.