Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

March 28, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gullen, Bradbury go 1-2 for JLT Condor on second stage of Tour de Taiwan; Wildcard invites named for Vuelta a España; Sagan critical of Terpstra in Gent-Wevelgem finale, motivated for Flanders; No penalty for Sagan sheltering in Gent-Wevelgem finale; Lotto Soudal looking to turn things around at Three Days of De Panne; Brasilian continental team previously suspended for multiple doping positives again in hot water; Increased security measures for Tour of Flanders; Cancellara talks about life and plans post-retirement; Van Avermaet’s Strava from Gent-Wevelgem win; Direct Energie sponsorship renewed for at least two years; Bus driver who pushed cyclist ordered to pay penalty; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Focus on ORICA-Scott; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Gent-Wevelgem highlights; Descending on a fixie.

Cancellara talks about life and plans post-retirement

by CyclingTips

Not long into his retirement Fabian Cancellara is watching cycling like the rest of us, yelling at a TV screen in the closing kilometres of a race. But unlike most of us, Cancellara is yelling because he has been in those moments. In an interview with Sporza he said he would like to one day work in professional cycling, he is not in a hurry — seeking to become knowledgeable about the management side of the sport so as not to be a mere figurehead. Here is an excerpt:

Rio de Janeiro - Brasil - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Fabian Cancellara (Suisse / Trek Factory Racing) pictured during men’s ITT - Olympic Games 2016 in Rio - photo LB/RB/Cor Vos © 2016

“I watch the races often on TV. In the last 15 kilometers I am nervous myself! Then my heart goes upwards. Because I know what’s coming. These are races I’ve ridden for ten times, so that’s emotional. But after retiring the stress is gone.

“I have never thought ‘Why I am not a rider anymore?’ I do not miss it. It was the right decision to retire. I stopped at a peak with the gold medal in Rio. Even though I have never won a World Championship and I have no world record, I closed that chapter.

“I have other ambitions. For example I am in school for sports marketing and law. I have a lot of practical experience, but I also want to know the theory. I do not want just to be asked because I’m Fabian Cancellara. I do have many wins as a rider, but now that is gone. Now I want to be judged on other things.

On returning to professional cycling as a manager he said, “Now, certainly not. I do not have the necessary experience to include team manager. I want to do it step by step, just like in my cycling career. You can not be on your first day immediately win a classic. I do not want to be just a mascot, so I often say no. Not because I’m arrogant, but to protect myself. I want to find my own path and dirty my hands myself.”

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