Trek-Segafredo’s Fabian Cancellara wants to go ‘down in history’ as he aims to win yet more Classic races in the early part of the season.
Over the years Cancellara and Etixx-Quickstep's Tom Boonen have been involved in some terrific battles at Paris Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, but this year Cancellara is determined to add to his total of seven monuments.
In 2010 he won the Flanders-Roubaix double, and has always been a solid presence in the big Grand Tours such as the Tour de France in which he has held the Yellow jersey on occasions.
The Swiss rider currently has three Tour of Flanders, three Paris Roubaix, and one Milan-Sanremo to his name – but in his final season Cancellara wants to go out on a high.
Cancellara says ‘I want to win them this year’ as Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix approach
The Classic season has already started with the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne which took place at the end of February.
But in the next couple of months Flanders and Roubaix will take centre stage; and speaking ahead of those races Cancellara said: "Who has won more classics than me? Merckx, Hinault. That makes me happy."
Although having won seven monuments, Cancellara wants more: "All of that's in my pocket… But there's still a little bit of space in that pocket."
He added, “San Remo, Flanders, Roubaix – it's not a secret; I want to win them this year. I want to go down in history."
It will be interesting to see how ‘Spartacus’ fares this year, in his swansong year, adding more monuments to his collection in his primary aim. But the veteran racer still has the legs and nous to cause a stir at the Grand Tour later this year.