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Sven Nys and Fabian Cancellara on stage at the 'Ciao Fabian' event

Sven Nys and Fabian Cancellara on stage at the 'Ciao Fabian' event
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Fabian Cancellara's salutes fans during his farewell celebration

Fabian Cancellara's salutes fans during his farewell celebration
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Fabian Cancellara on stage at the 'Ciao Fabian' event

Fabian Cancellara on stage at the 'Ciao Fabian' event
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Fabian Cancellara on stage at the 'Ciao Fabian' event

Fabian Cancellara on stage at the 'Ciao Fabian' event
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Bradley Wiggins on the track at the 'Ciao Fabian' event

Bradley Wiggins on the track at the 'Ciao Fabian' event
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Sep Vanmarcke on the track at the 'Ciao Fabian' event

Sep Vanmarcke on the track at the 'Ciao Fabian' event
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Fabian Cancellara on the track at the 'Ciao Fabian' event

Fabian Cancellara on the track at the 'Ciao Fabian' event
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Fabian Cancellara on the track at the 'Ciao Fabian' event

Fabian Cancellara on the track at the 'Ciao Fabian' event
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Fabian Cancellara and Dirk Demol address the crowd during Cancellara's farewell celebration

Fabian Cancellara and Dirk Demol address the crowd during Cancellara's farewell celebration
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Frank Schleck on the track during the 'Ciao Fabian' event in Gent

Frank Schleck on the track during the 'Ciao Fabian' event in Gent
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The crowd shows its appreciation at the 'Ciao Fabian' event in Gent

The crowd shows its appreciation at the 'Ciao Fabian' event in Gent
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Fabian Cancellara on stage at the 'Ciao Fabian' event in Gent

Fabian Cancellara on stage at the 'Ciao Fabian' event in Gent
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Fabian Cancellara on stage at the 'Ciao Fabian' event in Gent

Fabian Cancellara on stage at the 'Ciao Fabian' event in Gent
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Fabian Cancellara at the 'Ciao Fabian' event in Gent

Fabian Cancellara at the 'Ciao Fabian' event in Gent
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Fabian Cancellara at the 'Ciao Fabian' event in Gent

Fabian Cancellara at the 'Ciao Fabian' event in Gent
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Fabian Cancellara at the 'Ciao Fabian' event in Gent

Fabian Cancellara at the 'Ciao Fabian' event in Gent
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Iljo Keisse (Etixx-QuickStep)

Iljo Keisse (Etixx-QuickStep)
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Sep Vanmarcke and Ed Theuns say goodbye to Fabian Cancellara

Sep Vanmarcke and Ed Theuns say goodbye to Fabian Cancellara
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Bradley Wiggins addresses the crowd at the Ciao Fabian event

Bradley Wiggins addresses the crowd at the Ciao Fabian event
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Fabian Cancellara and Bradley Wiggins

Fabian Cancellara and Bradley Wiggins
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Frank Schleck on the track in Gent during the 2km farewell race for Fabian Cancellara

Frank Schleck on the track in Gent during the 2km farewell race for Fabian Cancellara
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Bradley Wiggins on the track in Gent during the 2km farewell race for Fabian Cancellara

Bradley Wiggins on the track in Gent during the 2km farewell race for Fabian Cancellara
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Bradley Wiggins on the track in Gent during the 2km farewell race for Fabian Cancellara

Bradley Wiggins on the track in Gent during the 2km farewell race for Fabian Cancellara
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Bradley Wiggins waits his turn for the farewell race for Fabian Cancellara

Bradley Wiggins waits his turn for the farewell race for Fabian Cancellara
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Fabian Cancellara on the boards at the Kuipke Track Velodrome

Fabian Cancellara on the boards at the Kuipke Track Velodrome
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Fabian Cancellara on the boards at the Kuipke Track Velodrome

Fabian Cancellara on the boards at the Kuipke Track Velodrome
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Markel Irizar in action in Gent during the farewell celebration for Fabian Cancellara

Markel Irizar in action in Gent during the farewell celebration for Fabian Cancellara
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Fabian Cancellara on the boards at the Kuipke Track Velodrome

Fabian Cancellara on the boards at the Kuipke Track Velodrome
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Fabian Cancellara on the boards at the Kuipke Track Velodrome

Fabian Cancellara on the boards at the Kuipke Track Velodrome
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Fabian Cancellara gets ready to start his 2km pursuit at the Kuipke Track Velodrome

Fabian Cancellara gets ready to start his 2km pursuit at the Kuipke Track Velodrome
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Fabian Cancellara gets ready to start his 2km pursuit at the Kuipke Track Velodrome

Fabian Cancellara gets ready to start his 2km pursuit at the Kuipke Track Velodrome
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Markel Irizar gets ready to start his 2km pursuit at the Kuipke Track Velodrome

Markel Irizar gets ready to start his 2km pursuit at the Kuipke Track Velodrome
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Fabian Cancellara on the big screen at the Kuipke Track Velodrome

Fabian Cancellara on the big screen at the Kuipke Track Velodrome
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Filippo Pozzato on the Kuipke Track Velodrome for Fabian Cancellara's farewell celebration

Filippo Pozzato on the Kuipke Track Velodrome for Fabian Cancellara's farewell celebration
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Iljo Keisse on the Kuipke Track Velodrome for Fabian Cancellara's farewell celebration

Iljo Keisse on the Kuipke Track Velodrome for Fabian Cancellara's farewell celebration
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Filippo Pozzato on the Kuipke Track Velodrome for Fabian Cancellara's farewell celebration

Filippo Pozzato on the Kuipke Track Velodrome for Fabian Cancellara's farewell celebration
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Bradley Wiggins on the track in Gent during the 2km farewell race for Fabian Cancellara

Bradley Wiggins on the track in Gent during the 2km farewell race for Fabian Cancellara
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More than 6,000 fans turned out Saturday at the Kuipke velodrome in Gent, Belgium, to salute the career of Fabian Cancellara as the four-time world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist brings and end to his storied career.

Cancellara officially retired as a professional race last month at the Japan Cup criterium, but the 35-year-old Swiss rider took his final victory in August during the individual time trial at the Olympic Games in Rio. The rider known as Spartacus has built a huge following in the Flanders region of Belgium thanks to his Classics palmares, which include three wins each at the Tour of Flanders and E3-Harelbeke, and three wins in Paris-Roubaix, the 'Hell of the North' just across the French border.

Bradley Wiggins, Franck Schleck, Pippo Pozzato and Sep Vanmarcke were among the riders at the event, which also included an exhibition 2km individual pursuit on the same velodrome that will host the Gent Six Day in three days.