RadioShack Leopard’s Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara won the 100th-anniversary Ronde van Vlaanderen, soloing to victory repeating his 2010 performance.
Cancellara was on the break with Cannondale’s Peter Sagan and Lotto Bellisol’s Jurgen Roelandts but the Swiss rider dispatched both on the final ascent of the Paterberg with 14 km to go. Cancellara, free of Sagan on his wheel, went into time-trial with the descend of Paterberg and raced away, building a lead of upto 1:30 in the final kilometers.
Peter Sagan outsprinted Roelandts and took the second place, while the Belgian rider contented himself with the third podium spot. Last year’s Ronde van Vlaanderen champion and big-time favourite Tom Boonen crashed out of the race at the very beginning and will not start Paris-Roubaix next sunday according to team doctors.
“The goal was to win and things sometime you can’t predict how they’re coming,” Cancellara told. “It’s just amazing. One year ago I was on the ground. Now I’m back. I did what i had to do — bring this Ronde van Vlaanderen home.”
“Well, Cancellara was a little better. The critical point of the game? I was with Fabian and Jürgen Roelandts. On the Kwaremont I could follow him, but the Paterberg was over,” Peter Sagan said. “I quickly turned the knob on Jürgen waited and together we drove to the podium. This was necessary, because the rest were still at our heels.”
Cancellara’s Attack on Paterberg
Final 3 Kilometers
Ronde van Vlaanderen 2013 Results
1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack Leopard 6:05:58
2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1′ 26″
3. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol 1′ 28″
4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha 1′ 38″
5. Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ
6. Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
7. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
8. Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar
9. John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano
10. Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge