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An era will be drawing to a close in less than 12 months time, with Fabian Cancellara confirming that he has just one more season left in the professional peloton.
The Swiss rider, who has raced as a professional since 2001 and has one of the most impressive palmares in the bunch, has also said that he will pass up on the chance of another Olympic medal. He won the time trial and finished second in the road race in 2008.
“Cycling is not my life, only a part of it,” he said, according to Belga. He was speaking at the Swiss Cycling awards on Monday in Zurich.
“The Games in Rio de Janeiro will not be part of my programme.”
He did not elaborate on the reasons for missing the Olympics, but his motivation took a hit this season when he fractured his back on two separate occasions. The first crash happened in the E3 Prijs race and ruled him out of the Classics, his big season goal.
He then returned and took the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, but crashed one day after donning the Maillot Jaune and was forced to retire from the race.
While he started the Vuelta a España, he was ill and withdrew from that race very early on.
Now 34 years of age, he wants to bow out of the sport with one last big season. Adding to his haul of Classic wins will be a priority; he has taken three editions of both Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, and adding a fourth would further elevate him in the sport’s historical records.
He’s also taken four world time trial titles, three wins in the E3 Harelbeke, two in Strade Bianche and overall wins in Tirreno-Adriatico, the Tour de Suisse, the Tour of Denmark and the Tour of Oman.