Saturday June 30th, 2012

PrologueLiège / Liège

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Fabian Cancellara:

interview30.06.2012Prologue- Liège / Liège

When asked if his win today was an example of Fabian Cancellara at his best, he responded with another question:

“This win today gives me a lot of motivation for what is yet to come. With the past that I've had after my crash [in April] and a difficult few months, I think that I couldn't ask for a better beginning than to have another win on the opening day. It's just great. I'm happy and, most of all, a lot of pressure has gone away.
“I just focused on myself. With Bradley and other riders do things their way but a time trial – a prologue in particular – is... well today it felt like today it was a 6.4 kilometer velodrome. It felt like I was in a tunnel: I had to focus on myself, not look left or right or pay attention to other riders. This is what I've done; I'm a specialist at doing that and today was another demonstration.
“It's always important to win. That's how it is. And, with the memories of eight years ago, it's even more special today. I just put everything on the road. It was what I wanted to do today – to win! It's always exciting. When you're 23 years old and you come to the Tour and win by beating Lance it's cool and, eight years later, to show again that you're still able to handle makes it a great day.
“It's a great day for me and my family and, for sure, it's a great opening day for the team.
“I wouldn't say that we've already done everything that's necessary at this Tour – we've just had a great opening. I think a lot of pressure went away. With a big team like what we have, it's normal to have pressure but everyone has pressure because everyone wants to have success. To get success is never easy. When you have ups and downs, it's even harder but when you're on top they say it's easy but it never is!
“Now the Tour can start and tomorrow we're going to see a great RadioShack-Nissan team.

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