Olympic champ Cancellara skips world title defence
Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara gives Italy a miss, says he is too tired to defend his world time trial championship.23 September 2008
BERN -- Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara says he is too tired after a hard season to defend his world time trial championship in Italy this week.
"I lack the force," the 27-year-old Swiss cyclist was quoted as saying on the national cycling federation's website. "You can't win races with passion alone."
Cancellara won a gold medal in the time trial and bronze in the road race at August's Beijing Olympics. In July, he helped CSC teammate Carlos Sastre win the Tour de France.
He would have been chasing a third straight world time trial title at the championships, being staged in Varese, Italy from Tuesday through Sunday.
[AP / Expatica]