Once, twice, thrice – Fabian ‘Spartacus’ Cancellara, like his gladiatorial name-sake of old, is a master tactician and fierce competitor; qualities that on Sunday powered the popular Radioshack rider to a 3rd Paris-Roubaix title. Whilst Fabian’s talent is his own, the Swiss native had a little help along the way from his preferred apparel partner and team sponsor Craft of Sweden’s collection of base layers.
Taking a few precious moments of rest immediately after the race, Cancellara reflected: “I was in another world of riding! I still don’t know how I did it. I was dropped and pretty far back but then I started to move up. This is a race you can never give up on until the end. I had to play with him in the end because I tried to go away but he followed so then I knew it was man against man. I’m happy for the team and for me. Now I look forward to rest and a holiday. Mission accomplished”.
Riding to victory with a Craft Superlight Base Layer under his Leopard Trek Jersey – a combination designed to balance core body temperature whilst removing moisture for maximum prolonged freshness (a quality in great demand needed during the 254km ‘Hell of the North’), Fabian changed post-race into a Craft Active Extreme Base Layer, all the better to stay warm after the efforts of the day.