Tour de France: Cancellara braced for the emotions of 'special' hometown finish in Bern

Tour de France race director Thierry Gouvenou surely had Fabian Cancellara in mind when he plotted tomorrow's foray across the Franco-Swiss border. In what is his final season, the veteran of 10 Tours – which have yielded seven stage wins and 29 days in yellow – has been given the perfect send-off in the form of today's stage finish in his home town of Bern. What's more: there are cobbles.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.