Cancellara fully prepared for Tour of Flanders
Last Updated: 30/03/13 1:05pm
Fabian Cancellara: Suffered multiple fractures to his collarbone in a freak crash last year
Fabian Cancellara is hoping history will not repeat itself at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday and insists he is fully prepared for the challenges ahead.
The Radioshack-Leopard rider endured a miserable time in the 2012 edition of this great race when he suffered multiple fractures to his collarbone in a freak feed-zone crash, but has spent the last five months preparing for this race and capped it off with victory in last week's E3 Harelbeke.
"I've done my homework, I've done everything and now there's just Sunday's race and with all the experience I have... for me it's important to be able to say in Bruges on the start line that I've done what I have to do," he said.
"That's what the most important thing - to be calm and relaxed and to not make mistakes."
While Cancellara's E3 victory is only RadioShack's third of the season, the man himself is confident his team - which includes Danilo Hondo, Yaroslav Popovych, Tony Gallopin and former Flanders winner Stijn Devolder - can still have a say in proceedings.
"Of Stijn I have big ambitions and I have a lot of trust in him because I know that he's dedicating a lot now, and also internally we've been working to be 100 per cent on Sunday," Cancellara added. "When he's going, then he's going. When you see how he won his Tour of Flanders it was quite impressive.
"We will play our cards, we have our direction of racing and of course with the victory on Friday we've had a big confidence boost that I think we needed, that was really necessary to be on top. I trust in my team that we're going to be ready and we will do our best.
"We have possibilities to do things that people won't be expecting."
For the first time this year, you can watch two-hour highlights of the race from 1900 on Sunday on Sky Sports 2 HD, as well as on the move with Sky Go.
And if you want to learn more about the Tour of Flanders, take a look at Team Sky's introductory video HERE