UCI Road World Championships 2011

September 19-25, 2011, Copenhagen, Denmark, Road - CM

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

The men are riding against the clock!  Will one of the top favourites take it, or will an outsider prove to be the fastest today?

  1. 13:58:59 CEST

    Welcome back to the World Championships!  The Elite men are taking on the time trial today.

  2. 14:01:04 CEST

    Jesse Sergent of New Zealand is the leader at the moment, with a time of 58:10.16.

  3. 14:03:42 CEST

    We have a surprise so far in second place:  Ioannis Tamouridis  of Greece, who put in a time of  58:51.59.

  4. 14:05:59 CEST

    The men were divided into four groups, with a half hour or so pause between groups.  Right now we are in the second pause, so half the riders have gone off already.

  5. 14:08:09 CEST

    There were 16 riders in the first group, and they have all crossed the finish line.  It will be a while before the first rider of the second group, hits the finish.

  6. 14:11:54 CEST

    The sun doesn't seem to be shining today.  That's not so good.  On the other hand, it's not raining.  That's good.

  7. 14:15:19 CEST

    It's  long time trial today, 46 km.

  8. 14:16:48 CEST

    Alexander Wetterhall of Sweden just had a touchy moment -- he came off the cobblestones, turned right and not only came close to the barriers, he actually rode over the foot of the barriers.  Fortunately he stayed upright.

  9. 14:19:18 CEST

    Andrew Talanksy of the USA is on the course now. He started about half an hour ago, and when last spotted, was fourth at the second intermediate time check.

  10. 14:20:44 CEST

    Speak of the devil:  Talansky just passed the next time check, also as fourth.  And he just passed the man who started in front of him.

  11. 14:21:51 CEST

    The other American in the race is Taylor Phinney, who will start as fifth-last, at 15:46:30.

  12. 14:27:24 CEST

    The riders are going off at 1:30 intervals.  Well they aren't at the moment as we are still in the pause.....

  13. 14:30:05 CEST

    Things should start happening soon again, though. The first rider out of the second group is now approaching the finish line, and the first rider of the third group is about to go.

  14. 14:31:07 CEST

    And we have a new best time:  Alexandr Dyachenko of Kazakhstan, at 57:03.61.

  15. 14:32:55 CEST

    One of the more exotic riders has just started, Frekalsi Debesay of Eritrea.  The next rider, Laszlo Brodrogi of France, will have better chances, though.

  16. 14:35:55 CEST

    Another New Zealander is on the course:  Jack Bauer, who was the first off in this third group.

  17. 14:39:48 CEST

    Stef Clement of the Netherlands is next to go.

  18. 14:41:16 CEST

    Jonathan Castroviejo of Spain finishes as second fastest so far.

  19. 14:44:26 CEST

    Bauer sets a new best time at the first time check.

  20. 14:47:48 CEST

    Tony Martin of Germany is one of the favourites for the win today. He has said that anything other than gold will be a disappointment.

  21. 14:50:20 CEST

    We have a DNF to report:  Matt Brammeier of Ireland abandoned midway with a sore throat.  He is unlikely to start the road race on Sunday.

  22. 14:51:17 CEST

    Meanwhile, Talansky has come in with the third best time so far, 57:41.74.

  23. 14:53:07 CEST

    Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa of Portugal takes off as the last rider of the third group.

  24. 14:57:42 CEST

    Svein Tuft of Canada has been underway for a bit more than seven minutes now....

  25. 14:59:01 CEST

    At the halfway point, Bauer has the fifth best time.

  26. 15:01:41 CEST

    Taylor Phinney of the USA is an underdog here today.  His first year as a pro hasn't really been all that it could -- he talks about it here.

  27. 15:05:23 CEST

    All the top names are now warming up.  Who will take the win, Cancellara or Martin?  Or Grabsch, Millar, Porte....

  28. 15:11:13 CEST

    Tuft has the second best time at the second time check.

  29. 15:14:11 CEST

    And in other news:  Levi Leipheimer is confirmed to ride for Omega Pharma-Quickstep next year, Patrick Lefevere tells Cyclingnews.  He hasn't actually signed his contract yet, though.

  30. 15:18:22 CEST

    We still have another 15 minutes or so before we can expect anyone at the finish line.

  31. 15:24:22 CEST

    The UCI is expected to announce later today the next few locations for the Worlds, with Spain expected for 2014. Will Richmond, Va., get the nod for 2015?

  32. 15:25:00 CEST

    Tuft is doing quite well and is in the virtual lead at the moment. 

  33. 15:25:22 CEST

    This is really not a good sign:  raindrops.

  34. 15:29:17 CEST

    Bauer has now finished the race.  He is fifth, with a time of 58:10.84.

  35. 15:31:32 CEST

    Bodrogi is the next to head towards the finish line.

  36. 15:33:07 CEST

    Bordrogi is in sixth place at the moment.

  37. 15:33:54 CEST

    Jack Bobridge of Australia is on the course!  Will we see another medal go Down Under?

  38. 15:35:36 CEST

    Former World Champion Bert Grabsch takes off!  Remember, he beat Tony Martin for the German title this year.

  39. 15:37:18 CEST

    Stef Clement heads towards the finish with a good time.

  40. 15:37:48 CEST

    58.17 and sixth place for the Dutchman.

    Brad Wiggins takes off!

  41. 15:39:00 CEST

    Wiggins is no doubt hoping he won't have the mechanical problems which have plagued him in other Worlds time trials.....

  42. 15:40:17 CEST

    Marco Pinotti of Italy crosses himself and takes off.  He had a serious injury in a crash at the Giro and is just happy to be back on the bike.

  43. 15:41:03 CEST

    The second Netherlands rider, Lieuwe Westra, is underway.   Eight more to go!

  44. 15:44:13 CEST

    Jakob Fuglsang is on his way, to a big cheer from his homeland crowd.

  45. 15:45:39 CEST

    Richie Porte tries his luck now. 

    Grabsch is underway, looking as smooth as ever.

  46. 15:46:16 CEST

    Bobridge sets a new best time at the first time check -- by 18 seconds!

  47. 15:47:23 CEST

    Third place for Svein Tuft, with a time of 57.19.

  48. 15:47:44 CEST

    Taylor Phinney starts -- four more to go!

  49. 15:48:17 CEST

    And the next is Mikhail Ignatiev of Russia.

  50. 15:49:30 CEST

    Bobridge is the virtual leader at this point -- for whatever that is worth....

  51. 15:49:49 CEST

    Rabon of the Czech Republic comes in 1:20 down.

  52. 15:50:28 CEST

    David Millar would love to claim another Worlds title -- and be able to keep it, too.

  53. 15:50:53 CEST

    Only two more to go, and one of those two is expected to win!

  54. 15:51:18 CEST

    Tony Martin of Germany is totally concentrated a he takes off in search of his medal.

  55. 15:52:38 CEST

    And the final rider is now underway:  four-time world champion Fabian Cancellara.  He has been under a lot of pressure because of the changes in his pro team.  Will that affect his performance today?

  56. 15:57:39 CEST

    We will now have a break from finishes, as the last rider of the penultimate group is in, and it will be a while until the first rider of the last group finishes.

    Got that?

  57. 15:58:18 CEST

    Martin is off to a fast start!

  58. 16:01:04 CEST

    Bobridge sets a new best time at the 23.2km marker -- by 38 seconds!

  59. 16:01:44 CEST

    The official "GPS Time Comparison" tells us that Martin is the quickest underway right now.

  60. 16:02:17 CEST

    Grabsch hits the 23.2km time check, eight seconds faster than Bobridge.

  61. 16:03:26 CEST

    At the first time check, Martin smashes through for a new best time.

  62. 16:04:31 CEST

    Remember that rain we mentioned earlier?  It was just a sprinkle and has stopped, thank goodness.

  63. 16:05:43 CEST

    Wiggins nly second at the 23km marker, behind Grabsch.  And Cancellara 10 seconds back at the first time check!

  64. 16:07:10 CEST

    Doesn't look like Phinney will medal today, as he is 45 seconds down at only 16km into the race.

  65. 16:08:57 CEST

    Pinotti only 21st at the halfway mark.

  66. 16:11:08 CEST

    It's official:  the 2015 Worlds will be in Richmond, Va, USA!  Read about it here.

  67. 16:11:47 CEST

    Cancellara over 11 seconds down at the next time check.

  68. 16:13:20 CEST

    Porte fourth at the halfway mark.

  69. 16:14:54 CEST

    Bobridge on the verge of catching Brajkovic, who started 1:30 before him.

  70. 16:15:16 CEST

    Phinney tenth at the half, one minute down.

  71. 16:17:05 CEST

    Can we start thinking about two medals for Germany?

  72. 16:17:52 CEST

    Millar comes to the halfway mark, but he is 33 seconds down in fifth place.

  73. 16:18:20 CEST

    Martin is right behind him nd smashes Grabsch's time by 47 seconds!

  74. 16:19:58 CEST

    Cancellara wil most likely not win today, we can say already. He is second at the halfway, but now 18 seconds down.

  75. 16:20:40 CEST

    Who has saved the most power? Who will do best on the second lap?

    Martin has just passed Millar.

  76. 16:23:03 CEST

    Oh, there are other riders out there too -- Westra, for example......


  77. 16:24:26 CEST

    Martin is now passes Ignatiev, who started three whole minutes before him!

  78. 16:25:58 CEST

    Wiggins puts in a best time at whichever intermediate time point he just passed.

  79. 16:26:36 CEST

    The Briton has picked up his pace.  Perhaps he has hopes of a medal now that Cancellara is showing signs of weakness.

  80. 16:27:23 CEST

    He is still behind Grabsch, though, who is momentarily and virtually in third.

  81. 16:28:52 CEST

    Kiryienka, the first of the last group, hits the finish line as tenth -- but that will change.

  82. 16:29:48 CEST

    Bodbridge passes Brajkovic at the last second.  Bobridge takes the lead with a new best time -- temporarily.

  83. 16:30:10 CEST

    His time holds only a few seconds.  Grabsch is in at 55:15.

  84. 16:30:45 CEST

    Martin has a lead of one minute at the 34km marker.

  85. 16:31:15 CEST

    Twelve riders are still to come in.

  86. 16:32:15 CEST

    Wiggins looks to be next in, not sure what happened to Larsson.

  87. 16:32:33 CEST

    he pushes the speed to beat Grabsch' time!

  88. 16:32:55 CEST

    Wiggo breaks the 55 minute mark to take the lead!

  89. 16:33:43 CEST

    He just squeezed in under 55 minutes, at 54:59.68.

    Larsson now in, in fifth place.

  90. 16:34:07 CEST

    Cancellara 40 seconds down but still in second place at the next time check.

  91. 16:36:12 CEST

    Phinney has fallen back, and is only 12th at the 39km marker.

  92. 16:37:38 CEST

    Will it suprise you to learn that Martin leads by 1:14 at the 39km marker?


  93. 16:38:12 CEST

    Pinotti and Westra cross the finish line more or less together.

  94. 16:39:01 CEST

    Cancellara at the 39km marker, and he is now nearly 57 seconds down.

  95. 16:40:15 CEST

    Fuglsang nears the finish line.

  96. 16:41:02 CEST

    The Dane crosses the line in a time of 57:14, sixth at the moment.

  97. 16:41:32 CEST

    Porte comes in at 55:13, or fourth.

  98. 16:41:48 CEST

    Martin hits the cobblestones.....

  99. 16:41:56 CEST

    And makes it through safely!

  100. 16:44:21 CEST

    Phinney is the next to arrive.  He is out of the top ten.

  101. 16:44:44 CEST

    Tony Martin, the new World Champion, will be the next to finish!

  102. 16:45:08 CEST

    53.42.85 is the time of the day!

  103. 16:45:34 CEST

    Martin really smashes Wiggins time.

  104. 16:46:13 CEST

    Cancellara with problems.  He bumps out of the cobbled section and runs into the barriers. A bystander gives him a shove back onto the course.

  105. 16:46:21 CEST

    Millar now in as sixth.

  106. 16:46:42 CEST

    Ignatiev also in, not in the top twenty.

  107. 16:47:01 CEST

    What will Cancellara's time be?  Has he saved his silver medal?


  108. 16:47:22 CEST

    It will be close....

  109. 16:47:56 CEST

    No!  He drops to third!

  110. 16:48:17 CEST

    hHs time is 55:04.44.

  111. 16:48:47 CEST

    Wiggins hugs Martin in congratulation.

  112. 16:49:27 CEST

    That is the fouth World time trial title for Germany -- Jan Ullrich won it twice and Grabsch once.

  113. 16:50:13 CEST

    And that also gives German both World time trial titles -- Judtih Arndt won it for the women yesterday.

  114. 16:51:14 CEST

    Here are the top ten best time trial riders in the world:

    1. Tony Martin (Germany) 53:43.85 
    2. Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) 54:59.68  
    3. Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) 55:04.44
    4. Bert Grabsch (Germany) 55:15.61
    5.  Jack Bobridge (Australia) 55:57.71
    6. Richie Porte (Australia) 56:13.39
    7. David Millar (Great Britain) 56:29.47
    8. Lieuwe Westra (Netherlands) 57:02.37
    9. Alexandr Dyachenko (Kazakhstan) 57:03.61
    10. Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark) 57:14.44

  115. 16:52:39 CEST

    Cogratulations to our podium of Martin, Wiggins and Cancellara.

    Congratuations too to all of the riders today.

  116. 16:53:34 CEST

    Thursday is a rest day, so join us again Friday for our live coverage of the under 23 mens road race.

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