In hot conditions RadioShack Leopard Trek’s Fabian Cancellara has won the Swiss Time Trial Championships to take his eighth national TT title. Despite a slow start, which saw him seven seconds down on the competition at the first split, the former Olympian and double Road Race Champion completed the 38.8km course around Satigny (near Geneva) in 50’35”, beating Martin Elmiger and Reto Hollenstein into second and third respectively.
Team Manager Luca Guercilena, commented on the heat of competition: ‘Besides a recon ride of the lap, Fabian didn’t do an real warm-up. The temperature was over 36 degrees, so that was a deliberate strategy of ours. He started off a bit slower than Elmiger, to get the machine working, but then he picked up speed and really started going fast. He was sweating like a horse!’
For his part Cancellara added, ‘It never gets boring to win your National Championships. For me it’s an honor to wear the jersey, so I really went for it… It was really, really hard. The course was up and down the whole time and with these temperatures, it made for a tough ride. I still felt the Tour de Suisse in my legs, despite the good feelings on the bike yesterday. For me it was also a test to see where my shape is at. I’m certainly satisfied.’