According to an article published in the Spanish newspaper, Diario de Mallorca, yesterday, Fabian Cancellara is considering the possibility of attempting the world hour record at the Palma Arena track in Mallorca.
While his team was training on the nearby Balearic Island, Cancellara visited the track earlier this week for a closer inspection and preliminary testing, just as he did last month at the Luis Puig velodrome in Valencia.
The Palma Arena was inaugurated for the 2007 world track championships, where local rider Juan Llaneras won the points race. Llaneras was on scene to watch Cancellara’s test earlier this week and said that the Swiss rider was impressed by the velodrome.
“Cancellara really liked the Palma Arena. He considers it to be a velodrome where you can ride very fast, and he even told me that he wouldn’t rule out attempting the hour record in Mallorca,” Llaneras told the Diario de Mallorca.
“After the good feelings he had during the test, Cancellara has included the Palma Arena among the possible venues for his attempt, along with the velodromes in Aguascalientes and Moscow.”
Last month, Trek Factory Racing manager Luca Guercilena confirmed that Cancellara plans to attempt the hour record, but was quick to point out the difficulty of finding the appropriate time to do so – as not to conflict with the regular race calendar. One possibility would be the weeks following the Paris-Roubaix Classic.
“The hope is to find a period of form during the year where Fabian is at 100%, translate the work he has done on the road onto the track, and then make an attempt on the record straight afterwards,” said Guercilena, who estimated that Cancellara would need at least two weeks to make the transition from road to track.
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