Fabian Cancellara has decided to withdraw from this year’s Tour de France, according to a press release sent out by his team, Trek Factory Racing. Citing his desire to be well-rested and in top-form for the upcoming World Championships, Cancellara has elected to not roll out when the Tour starts up again on Wednesday’s Stage 11 after Tuesday’s rest day. The Swiss rider put in a late attack on Stage 1 of the Tour, but it did not bear the fruit of victory. Here’s the official press release from Trek Factory Racing.
Cancellara will not take the start in Stage 11 of the Tour de France on Wednesday:
‘I will travel home now and take a little break,’ said Fabian Cancellara. ‘The season has been long for me, starting back in Dubai. I have done 59 days of competition this season so far and I have another big goal at the end of this season: the World Championships. It’s not a secret that I’d like to be in my best shape there, so it’s important that I take some rest.’
Cancellara came to the Tour to be competitive. He came close to the victory and his 29th yellow jersey with a late attack in stage 1, finished fifth in stage 5 in Arenberg, defended his fifth place in the overall until an untimely puncture in the final of stage 7 and sprinted to second place in stage 9 to Mulhouse.
‘It was not only about the cobblestones stage for me. The course for this year’s Tour is very attractive for a rider of my profile, I liked it. There were many opportunities and with a little more luck, I could have gone home with a result in the pocket. It’s been good to be back in the Tour. We lost Andy (Schleck) and Danny (Van Poppel) early on, but the team is strong and will keep on looking for opportunities.’
General Manager Luca Guercilena said, ‘We brought Fabian to the Tour to be a factor where his skills allowed it and he didn’t disappoint. He’s a rider that always comes to a race to give everything – if you just look at how he was working for Frnk (Schleck) yesterday at 20 km from the finish in a mountain stage. Now he gets a short break and then we will build up his condition again to be at his best in Ponferrada.’