First video is the classic Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders),above. Classic battle of Titans here – Boonen, arguably the best classics rider in the peloton versus the brilliant Cancellara. One of the best battles of the year occurred here after fighting the peloton together all day. Cancellara’s stunning attack occurs about 2:30 into the video above; and then he proves why he is the world’s greatest time trialist during the final 4km below as he literally motors away from the chasers.
A mere week later, Cancellara again finds himself at/near the front end of Paris-Roubaix and again launches a winning attack against the world’s best classics riders. 2:00 into the video below is where hell breaks loose.
Cancellara entered the infamous Roubaix Velodrome with plenty of time to celebrate what only 10 other riders have accomplished before him – the Flanders / Roubaix Double.
There was another video making the rounds for a while, but it got pulled from Youtube – I’ll keep looking for it. The video was of a bike change that Cancellara had to perform near the end of Roubaix – he had broken his front carbon wheel and needed a replacement. In a bike change that would make the best cyclocross athletes jealous, Cancellara didn’t miss a beat swapping out bikes and not losing his place in the peloton – it’s impressive to say the least.
Here is a link to the video.