By Antonio J. Salmerón
Spaniard Jose Iván Gutiérrez, who won the silver medal at the last World Championships in Madrid, seems convinced he will finish on the podium in Salzburg next Thursday's time trial race. He assured that "I like the circuit. It does not matter for me if it rains; the layout is not difficult for me, but after inspecting the circuit, it suits the Swiss Fabian Cancellara´s characteristics very well." Gutiérrez hopes to repeat his under-23 victory from 1999 at this year's time trial. For that reason, Gutiérrez skipped last week's Vuelta a España, in order to better prepare for the time trial World Championships. The Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears ride is looking forward to the race concluding, "I do not know what can happen, but I am very motivated."