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March 5/16 12:38 pm - Cancellara Wins His Third Strade Bianche

Posted by Editoress on 03/5/16

In a show that his final professional season will be one for the history books, Fabian Cancellara claimed his third victory in Strade Bianche Saturday, crossing the line just ahead of last year's winner Zdenek Stybar (Etixx Quick Step).

"This year I really want to go out with a bang," said Cancellara. "I want to thank all my teammates for supporting me today, and all these years. This is just amazing!

"I knew that Stybar is a cyclocross guy, so I had to be careful for him. He won last year as well, and he is very good at this last climb. I am very, very happy. Third time…and now they will name a white gravel section after me, and that's exciting."

Etixx-Quick Step teammate Gianluca Brambilla rolled across the line for the final podium spot after riding out front in the break for most of the race and trying his best to thwart the stronger legs of Cancellara and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) with a few attacks in the final eight kilometers.

Brambilla opened a dangerous gap with six kilometres to go, but the calm experience of Cancellara, and with reassurance from the team car, he played his last cards perfectly.

"For sure the car gave me the last confidence for the win," explained Cancellara about the tactical battle in the closing kilometres. "They helped me play with the tactics of the Etixx guys. They told me also to let Sagan work [in the chase] and that we don't give too many seconds to Brambilla. He was already in the front all day, so I could catch him in the last climb, and we can play there. Everything went perfectly well.

"I made the pace on the final climb because I knew that Sagan would not do it because I saw him already in a little bit of difficulty. I knew that it was probably going to be Stybar and me, so I had to play like this.

"This is special. I had to play at the end, it was a lottery. I knew I had to risk. I had trust in myself; it was experience. I knew that Etixx was going to play the team game and I just had to make sure that Brambilla did not take too much time.

"The most decisive moment was when Peter made the acceleration and I managed to jump up to him and Stybar. It wasn't a big collaboration between us because we are all big riders, plus Etixx had a team game to play. I think my work in the last 5 kilometers was risky, but it was the only way. It all worked out and I am proud."

Report courtesy Trek-Segafredo



Results from Strade Bianche, Italy

Siena to Siena, 176 km
1 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) Trek-Segafredo 4:39:35
2 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step at s.t.
3 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:04
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:13
5 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:34
6 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:37
7 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:41
8 Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:41
9 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky 0:41
10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Esp) Movistar Team 0:50
11 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana 0:52
12 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 1:53
13 Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 2:02
14 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 2:02
15 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana 2:02
16 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 2:22
17 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 2:24
18 Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky 2:25
19 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 2:25
20 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 2:25
21 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana 2:26
22 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team Lotto NL-Jumbo 2:26
23 Grega Bole (Slo) Nippo-Vino Fantini 2:41
24 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprando Polkowice 5:15
25 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal 5:15
26 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo 5:18
27 Julien Vermote (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 5:18
28 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal 5:25
29 Jan Bakelants (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale 5:27
30 Matteo Busato (Ita) Southeast-Venezela 5:30
31 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 5:30
32 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 5:35
33 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 5:37
34 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 5:45
35 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEDGE 5:48
36 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Astana 7:55
37 Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana 7:55
38 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 7:55
39 Davide Vigano (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 7:55
40 Michal Golas (Pol) Team Sky 7:55
41 Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprando Polkowice 8:01
42 Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (Crc) Movistar Team 12:18
43 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky 12:58
44 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 13:00
45 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Soudal 13:01
46 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team 13:01
47 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 16:02
48 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Lotto Soudal 16:02
49 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team Lotto NL-Jumbo 16:04
50 Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 16:04
51 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 16:04
52 Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing Team 16:04
53 Eduard Michael Grosu (Rou) Nippo-Vino Fantini 16:04
54 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 16:04
55 Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team 19:43
56 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale 21:20
57 Timo Roosen (Ned) Team Lotto NL-Jumbo 21:20
58 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 21:20
59 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo 21:20
60 Jack Haig (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE 21:20
61 Marcin Mrozek (Pol) CCC Sprando Polkowice 21:23
62 Jesse Sergent (Nzl) AG2R La Mondiale 21:23
63 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Southeast-Venezela 24:15
64 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 24:15
65 Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk 24:15
66 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 24:15
67 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 24:15
68 Federico Zurlo (Ita) Lampre-Merida 24:15
69 Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk 24:15
70 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Astana 24:15
71 Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Team Lotto NL-Jumbo 24:15
72 Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Lotto NL-Jumbo 24:15
73 Daniel Martínez (Col) Southeast-Venezela 24:15
74 Primo? Roglic (Slo) Team Lotto NL-Jumbo 24:15
75 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprando Polkowice 24:15
76 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 24:15
77 Tony Martin (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 24:15
78 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky 24:15
79 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 24:15
80 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 24:15
81 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 24:15
82 Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 30:37
83 Giorgio Cecchinel (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 30:37
84 Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 30:40
85 Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Southeast-Venezela 31:43
DNF Yves Lampaert (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
DNF Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
DNF Daniele Ratto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
DNF Serghei Tvetcov (Rou) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
DNF Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana
DNF Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana
DNF Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Luca Sterbini (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
DNF Víctor De La Parte (Esp) CCC Sprando Polkowice
DNF Felix Grossschartner (Aut) CCC Sprando Polkowice
DNF Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Sprando Polkowice
DNF Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprando Polkowice
DNF Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
DNF Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida
DNF Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
DNF Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
DNF Gang Xu (Chn) Lampre-Merida
DNF Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal
DNF Rafael Valls Ferri (Esp) Lotto Soudal
DNF Jorge Arcas Pena (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Marc Soler (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Esp) Movistar Team
DNF Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo-Vino Fantini
DNF Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo-Vino Fantini
DNF Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo-Vino Fantini
DNF Iuri Filosi (Ita) Nippo-Vino Fantini
DNF Antonio Nibali (Ita) Nippo-Vino Fantini
DNF Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo-Vino Fantini
DNF Alexander Edmonson (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
DNF Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
DNF Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica GreenEDGE
DNF Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEDGE
DNF Manuel Belletti (Ita) Southeast-Venezela
DNF Enrique Sanz (Esp) Southeast-Venezela
DNF Mirko Tedeschi (Ita) Southeast-Venezela
DNF Mirko Trosino (Ita) Southeast-Venezela
DNF Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team Lotto NL-Jumbo
DNF Thomas Leezer (Ned) Team Lotto NL-Jumbo
DNF Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk
DNF Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk
DNF Brian Kamstra (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
DNF David Lozano Riba (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
DNF Javier Megias Leal (Esp) Team Novo Nordisk
DNF Stephen Clancy (Irl) Team Novo Nordisk
DNF Andrew Fenn (GBr) Team Sky
DNF Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky
DNF Adam Blythe (GBr) Tinkoff-Saxo
DNF Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
DNF Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
DNF Markel Irizar Aranburu (Esp) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
DNF Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek-Segafredo



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