In his final year as a pro, Fabian Cancellara got a special-edition Trek Madone for his last Tour de France. The bike is specially painted for him, and it celebrates Spartacus’ entire career.

Fabian Cancellara's Tour de France 2016 special Trek Madone
Fabian Cancellara’s a special-edition Trek Madone for his last Tour de France. Photo: Twitter

On the down tube, his nickname “Spartacus” takes place instead of the Trek label. On the top tube of the bike, his entire achievements are summarized: earning the nickname “Spartacus”, 100+ professional podiums (including 7 individual stages at the Tour de France – 2004, twice in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012), “King of the classics” (see notes 1), gold medal olympian (see notes 2), and 4 gold medals at the UCI Road World Championships Elite Men Time Trial event (see notes 3).

On the seat stays a few more victories of him: Paris-Roubaix x 2 (see notes 4), Milan-San Remo, Swiss Time-Trial Championships x 9, and Swiss Road Championships x 2.

Cancellara has won the opening stage of the Tour de France five times and has led the race for 29 days total, which is the most of any rider who has not won the Tour.

Fabian Cancellara's Tour de France 2016 special Trek Madone
Spartacus looks excited about his new bike. Photo: Facebook
Fabian Cancellara's Tour de France 2016 special Trek Madone
Fabian with his new Trek Madone. Photo: Facebook
Fabian Cancellara’s special edition Trek Madone for Tour de France

Notes

  1. Cancellara’s classics victories: Paris–Roubaix (2006, 2010, 2013), Milan-San Remo (2008), Strade Bianche (2008, 2012, 2016), Tour of Flanders (2010, 2013, 2014) and E3 Harelbeke (2010, 2011, 2013).
  2. In 2008, he won gold in the individual time trial and silver in the men’s road race at the Summer Olympics.
  3. Cancellara has been the time trial world champion four times in his career: 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.
  4. Cancellara won Paris-Roubaix 3 times, but in 2006, Leif Hoste, Peter Van Petegem and Vladimir Gusev were disqualified for riding through a closed train crossing 10 km before the finish and just ahead of an approaching freight train. Fabian Cancellara won and Tom Boonen and Alessandro Ballan were given the remaining places on the podium. I think Cancellara doesn’t count that 2006 edition as a “victory”.

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