|2013 Daily Peloton
Tour of Austria 2013: Cancellara chalks up another TT win
A rest after a winning spring campaign has refreshed Fabian Cancellara and set him up for a strong end of season, starting with today’s individual time trial win in the Tour of Austria.
Cancellara in action © Team Leopard Trek
Fabian Cancellara: “I felt really good today. It’s not my best shape of the season but quite good and I feel very happy about today’s win. The course was not very technical and there were only three small rest points along the route, then the rest was full gas. In general a course like this suites me because I have such a big engine and can keep going, but I like the technical courses too, for variety’s sake. There are always two races within a time trial: one is to put up your personal best and the other is to win the stage.”
Cancellara posted up the best time with 27:56 on the 24.1km course in Podersdorf am Neusiedler See, beating Marco Pinotti (BMC) by 22 seconds and Kristof Vandewalle by 46 seconds. It was the fifth win this season for the 32-year old Swiss rider who enjoyed tremendous success in the spring classics, in particular winning Paris-Roubaix for the third time.
Not taking part in this year’s Tour de France opened the door for Cancellara to ride in the Tour of Austria as he continues to prepare for the world championships in September in Italy. Cancellara: “My condition continues to improve and the team has been good all week here in the Tour of Austria. It’s a nice race and is well organized with good hotels near the start and finish. It’s all very relaxed after the first few days of climbing. I’m very happy I came here.”
Taking fifth on the stage was Radioshack Leopard Trek teammate, Jesse Sergent: “It was hot out there today. The course was mostly flat with a full tailwind on the way out and a cross wind on the way back. It was really a matter of who could put out the most watts for half an hour. This is the first time I’ve gone deep since the Giro in May and it felt really good.”
The Tour of Austria has one stage remaining on Sunday and is currently led by Riccardo Zoidl (Gourmetfein Simplon) by 32 seconds.
2013 Tour of Austria
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