Spartacus Ready For Battle

By Tim Maloney European Editor

Fabian Cancellara (Fassa Bortolo) was disappointed for a while with his Stage 1 time trial performance, as the Swiss TT champ had hoped for another maillot jaune like the one he won in last year's Tour de France prologue in Liege. "This race has been too fast! Unbelieveably fast," said Cancellara. "From the first kilometer, the race pace is really fast. Up until now, we're ridden at such a fast average speed! Now the mountains are coming but I hope it doesn't keep going as fast and aggressive as it has in the first week. Saturday and Sunday weren't that good for me. My strategy for the Alps is to just stay in the grupetto until the flat stages when I can go on the attack. Then I'll be in the front looking to get in the right break."

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