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Cycling: Cancellara seeks new Paris-Roubaix success

Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara on Sunday sought a record-equalling fourth win in the gruelling Paris-Roubaix cycling classic across the cobbles of northern France. Cancellara was among 199 riders who started the "Hell of the North" race under grey skies and cool tempertures at Compiegne castle, just north of Paris. The 33-year-old, who is known on the tour as "Spartacus", is looking to equal the four victories registered by Belgians Roger de Vlaeminck and Tom Boonen.

Cycling: Cancellara the man to beat at Paris-Roubaix

A week ago the pre-Tour of Flanders talk was about how open the race would be but ahead of Sunday's Paris-Roubaix that has turned to questions about how to stop Fabian Cancellara. The Swiss 33-year-old won his third Flanders crown last Sunday in a sprint finish, upsetting the hopes of a trio of Belgians on their home soil. And now he comes into the 'Hell of the North' race on the French cobbles as the overwhelming favourite to complete a second successive Flanders-Roubaix double, and third in total.

Cycling: Cancellara matches record with Tour of Flanders win

Fabian Cancellara won his third Tour of Flanders, and second in a row, in a four-up sprint to the line following 259km of racing from Bruges to Oudenaarde on Sunday. The Swiss powerhouse from the Trek team beat Belgians Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) and Stijn Vandenburgh (Omega Pharma) in a tense sprint following some nervous jockeying in the final kilometre. Cancellara, known as Spartacus in cycling circles, joined five other riders in winning a record three Tours of Flanders.

Cycling: Cancellara matches record with Tour of Flanders win

Fabian Cancellara won his third Tour of Flanders, and second in a row, in a four-up sprint to the line following 259km of racing from Bruges to Oudenaarde on Sunday. The Swiss powerhouse from the Trek team beat Belgians Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) and Stijn Vandenburgh (Omega Pharma) in a tense sprint following some nervous jockeying in the final kilometre. Cancellara, known as Spartacus in cycling circles, joined five other riders in winning a record three Tours of Flanders.

Cycling: Cancellara matches record with Tour of Flanders win

Fabian Cancellara won his third Tour of Flanders in a four-up sprint to the line following 259km of racing from Bruges to Oudenaarde on Sunday. The Swiss powerhouse from the Trek team beat Belgians Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Sep Vanmarcke (Belkin) and Stijn Vandenburgh (Omega Pharma) in a tense sprint following some nervous jockeying in the final kilometre. Cancellara, known as Spartacus in cycling circles, joined five other riders in winning a record three Tours of Flanders.

Cycling: Kristoff beats Cancellara, Swift to Milan-SanRemo win

Norwegian Alexander Kristoff outsprinted former champion Fabian Cancellara and Ben Swift to win a rain-lashed 105th edition of the Italian classic Milan-SanRemo on Sunday. Kristoff, taking his first victory in one of cycling's five 'monument' one-day races, benefited from the good work of team-mate Luca Paolini in a 20-up dash for the finish to leave Cancellara frustrated in second with Swift in third place.

Cycling: Cancellara faces minefield on road to rainbow glory

On-form Swiss star Fabian Cancellara is being tipped for rainbow jersey glory but could face a tactical minefield during the men's road race at the world cycling championships on Sunday. Cancellara, the former Olympic and four-time world time trial champion, had to settle for bronze in the men's race against the clock last week when he finished behind Bradley Wiggins and winner Tony Martin.

Cycling: Cancellara claims third Paris-Roubaix

Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara of RadioShack won the prestigious Paris-Roubaix Spring Classic in a record time on Sunday. The winner from 2006 and 2010 took the gruelling 254km "Queen of the Classics" race in a sprint climax ahead of Belgian Sep Vanmarcke, in the process setting a new record average pace of 44.190 kilometres an hour. "At the end it was like roulette," reflected Cancellara on the dash for the line which he claimed by the length of a bike. The 32-year-old justified his status among the favourites for this 111th edition.

Cycling: Can anyone catch Cancellara in the Paris-Roubaix?

Ask any of the riders and team officials involved who is going to win Sunday's Paris-Roubaix race and one name stands out above all others -- Fabian Cancellara. The 32-year-old Swiss rider, who has attracted the nickname "Spartacus" due to his power and resilience, is an overwhelming favourite for a third victory in the race, having completely dominated last weekend's Tour of Flanders.

Cycling: 'Spartacus' Cancellara puts rivals to sword

Swiss ace Fabian Cancellara won the one-day classic Tour of Flanders for the second time on Sunday. The 32-year-old 2008 Olympic time-trial champion -- nicknamed 'Spartacus' -- came home clear at the end of the 256km ride from Bruges ahead of Slovakian Peter Sagan while Jurgen Roelandts of Belgium was third. Cancellara, also a four-time world time-trial champion, won his previous Tour of Flanders in 2010 but returned for this edition with bad memories of last year's race where he crashed and fractured his collarbone.
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