Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara is riding off into a golden retirement – after scooping a second Olympic time-trial title.
Britain’s Chris Froome had been tipped for victory on the 54.5 kilometre circuit in Brazil, but Cancellara was in a league of his own and nailed it.
“It’s quite special, it’s an amazing day after 16 years, in the last season before my retirement, to reach a gold medal,” said Cancellara.
“I mean I won a gold already in Beijing at the Olympics, and a silver as well and now it’s just a fantastic day. I’m happy, proud, just amazing.”
Like a Swiss clock. Like a Swiss knife.
Like a Swiss hurricane. Like a Spartacus.
f_cancellara</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/photoivonagels?src=hash">#photoivonagels</a> <a href="https://t.co/Kl6JbZsVDg">pic.twitter.com/Kl6JbZsVDg</a></p>— Christophe Impens (Xof_Impens) August 10, 2016
Gave it everything out there today! Congratulations to— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) August 10, 2016
f_cancellara</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/tom_dumoulin">tom_dumoulin 👍 #Bronze #Rio2016 #CyclingRoad pic.twitter.com/EAiqERhJxp
Cancellara pulled out of the Tour de France after the 17th stage to keep his energy levels up for the Olympics.
And it paid off – the gold in Rio being the icing on the cake for the 35-year-old, who bows out of professional cycling on a high.
Nice dinner and with a suprise cake in the
HofSwitzerland</a> in Rio <a href="https://t.co/GFK7ejnbWs">pic.twitter.com/GFK7ejnbWs</a></p>— Fabian cancellara (f_cancellara) August 11, 2016