Cancellara may skip 2013 Tour de France

Fabian Cancellara is considering skipping the 2013 Tour de France as he seeks to get “back to basics”.

The Swiss rider is targeting the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix with RadioShack-Nissan.

“I want to be a rider again next season. Back to basics,” he told Het Nieuwsblad. “In the first place I am going for Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. The Tour... I think I could even skip it.”

The eight-times Tour stage winner, a time trial specialist, said he has other priorities in life and that the lack of a prologue next year is influencing his likelihood of competing.

“I don't want to be like [Bradley] Wiggins and Jurgen Van den Broeck and sacrifice everything for the Tour. I want a different life. I am not only a rider but also a family man,” he said.

“I even think that I could skip the next Tour, especially now that here is no prologue. What do I have to prove? Perhaps it is more interesting to take a break then to prepare for the second part of the season.”

In 2012 Cancellara crashed in the Flanders classic, fracturing his collarbone which ruled him out for two months.

He fought back to win the Swiss national time trial title and Tour prologue but abandoned to attend the birth of his second child after finishing third in the first time trial.

He also crashed in the London 2012 road race which hindered his Olympic time trial title defence. In that race he finished seventh.