Sunday July 1st, 2012

Stage 1Liège / Seraing

Start 12h35 GMT 2+

Fabian Cancellara:

interview01.07.2012Stage 1- Liège / Seraing

He was beaten in the sprint but the rider in the yellow jersey instigated the attack that ultimately proved to be the winning move. Fabian Cancellara is grateful that he had a late viewing of the final climb and although he lost, he's gaining confidence for the coming days.

“Today I earned even more confidence than yesterday because a finish like this – with a hectic finale and a climb – well, yeah... the game of poker might not yet have turned out in my favor but I'm getting there. That's a good sign.
“The team was doing a great job the whole day; they've done the work the whole day and that's why I said, ‘Okay, attacking is the best defense' at the end. In a final like that you never know and today I think we had a great end to the stage and now we're looking forward to tomorrow for a sprinters' day.
“Once I made my attack it would have been good to get some help. In Milan-San Remo it was the same but I'm not going to attack and ease off and end up somewhere out the back – that is not my style: when I go, then I go and really put the hammer down until the end. That's what I've done. I lost this game of poker but one day I'll win.
“I think I was the only rider to see the finish of today's stage only 24 hours ago because after the prologue and all the work that was done – the press conference, the doping control – we went with the sports director to see the final [for today's stage]. And I was pretty happy about those few meters with cobblestones but I was a bit scared because there were a lot of riders who, on paper, were strong.
“The team was pulling the whole day, they did an amazing job. In the end I had Peter with me and Boasson Hagen was there… and I wasn't going to wait for the bunch.
“I earned a lot of confidence. I wouldn't say I'm more happy than yesterday but the confidence I got today is very important for the coming stages.
“I've lost races like this before but next time I'll do it better – I won't put the joker on too early, and I'll just put the ace down. I lost Milan-San Remo in a similar way but it is how it is. In eight years, no one will do the same with Peter Sagan in a situation like this.”

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