Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara failed in his ambition to win the men’s road race at the World Road Cycling Championship in Australia on Sunday.
Cancellara, who on Thursday became the first man ever to win four time trial championships,
fell behind about 20 kilometres from the end and came 50th.
He finished seven minutes and 22 seconds after the winner, Thor Hushovd, of Norway, who
completed the race in six hours, 21 minutes and 49 seconds.
Hushovd, nicknamed “the God of Thunder”, was followed by Denmark’s Matti Breschel and Australia’s Allan Davis.
“I suffered from cramp and I couldn’t keep up with the pace,” Cancellara said afterwards.
Before leaving for Australia, Cancellara had admitted that he was a “real outsider” for the race.
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