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UCI Road World Championships 2013

Date range:
September 22-29, 2013

September 22, Elite Men team time trial: Montecatini Terme - Florence 56.8km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome back to Cyclingnews' live coverage from this year's  World Championships.

  1. 13:54:38 CEST

    After this morning's action in the women's TTT it's the turn of the men's peloton to take to the streets of Florence for their trade team race of truth.

  2. 13:55:57 CEST

    The teams of six riders have a 57.2 kilometre test against them. It's virtually an identical course to the one that will decide the individual time trial, but for a few slight modifications.

  3. 13:57:04 CEST

    The course starts out in Montecatini Terme and right now, the conditions are perfect, with the sun out and little wind. The temperature will rise throughout the day which could make for even faster times.

  4. 13:59:37 CEST

    The first time check come at Serravalle Pistoiese after a short rise at around 7km. Then the race drops down, after a brief technical section. The section split comes after 24km but the majority of that section is wide and flat and should see the powerful teams hit their stride. There's another technical section in the closing stages that will see a number of teams stretched to the limit, before one final hairpin bend before the finish.

  5. 14:02:07 CEST

    There's real mix, it has to be said, in ability, such is the way the event is structured but all the WorldTour teams are coming later in the event.First off,  and on the start ramp now is the VELO CLUB SOVAC team.

  6. 14:05:21 CEST

    • Omega Pharma QuickStep

    Last year Omega Pharma QuickStep stormed to the win, edging out BMC and GreenEDGE.

    A slightly re-shaped line up for the winners from 2012 with Boonen out but Martin is here to help marshal the team.

  7. 14:06:54 CEST

    • Team BMC

    BMC will be out for revenge. The US team were second last year and could, perhaps should, have won. However they fell apart on the final ascent of the Cauberg. This year they have Taylor Phinney and van Garderen in the mix but there's no spot for Italian veteran Marco Pinotti. Still, they're one of the strongest teams in the race.

  8. 14:09:22 CEST

    • Orica GreenEdge

    Third last year,  and the winners of the TTT in the Tour de  France this year, Orica GreenEDGE also line up with a strong squad:

    Luke Durbridge (Aus)
    Michael Hepburn (Aus)
    Daryl Impey (RSA)
    Brett Lancaster (Aus)
    Jens Mouris (Ned)
    Svein Tuft (Can)

     

    The ladies team secured bronze early today and the men's team will be looking for at last that colour of medal. It's actually hard to see a weak link in that line-up.

  9. 14:11:20 CEST

    • Team Sky

    No disrespect but Sky have a stronger line up than the one that travelled to Holland last year:

     

    31 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor)
    32 Christopher Froome (GBr)
    33 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr)
    34 Richie Porte (Aus)
    35 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr)
    36 Geraint Thomas (GBr)

     

    A Tour de France winner, with Porte and Thomas in the mix is a match for any team. Kiryienka and Siutsou are both dependable, and of course Kiryienka picked up a medal in the individual time trial last year.

  10. 14:13:02 CEST

    • RadioShack Leopard

    Cancellara, who missed the worlds last year due to injury, is back and will lead RadioShack in their last Worlds outing. They have a decent mix of riders and could challenge for a top five:

     

    61 Fabian Cancellara (Swi)
    62 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa)
    63 Bob Jungels (Lux)
    64 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr)
    65 Hayden Roulston (NZl)
    66 Jesse Sergent (NZl)

  11. 14:15:02 CEST

    • Garmin-Sharp

    Not much has been said of the Garmin-Sharp team in the build up. Some of their TTT gloss may have worn out but on their day they can still  challenge. They're packed with experience but do they still have the legs?

    121 Rohan Dennis (Aus)
    122 Tyler Farrar (USA)
    123 David Millar (GBr)
    124 Andrew Talansky (USA)
    125 Christian Vande Velde (USA)
    126 David Zabriskie (USA)

     

    This is Vande Velde's last venture out and Farrar is a bit of a surprise inclusion at this stage.

  12. 14:16:02 CEST

    You can find a complete start list for the race, right here:

  13. 14:18:55 CEST

    Davide Rebellin is racing today. He's the oldest rider on the start list at the age of 42.

    Third: Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner)

  14. 14:20:06 CEST

    Three of the early teams have gone through the first time check and UTENSILNORD ORA24.EU are currently in the lead.

  15. 14:27:49 CEST

    Optum and the Rabobank Development team are both on the road now.

  16. 14:32:00 CEST

    • Omega Pharma QuickStep

    The only change for last year's winners Omega Pharma QuickStep, is that Boonen is out. The Classics star has had an injury hit season but he's been replaced by Michal Kwiatkowski who has,quite frankly, been a revelation for the team this season. He was strong back  in January at the Tour de San Luis, had a cracking Classics campaign and then was a star for the team during the Tour de France.

  17. 14:34:03 CEST

    Cyclingteam De Rijke-Shanks now lead at the first time check but we've got a few more teams on the road now, including MTN-Qhubeka. They were here last year and finished in 23rd place. They'll be hoping for a stronger performance today.

  18. 14:37:31 CEST

    • Cannondale

    Cannondale, formerly Liquigas were fifth last year and were in the hot seat for a while. They've again sent a strong team this year:

    111 Maciej Bodnar (Pol)
    112 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita)
    113 Michel Koch (Ger)
    114 Kristijan Koren (Slo)
    115 Peter Sagan (Svk)
    116 Brian Vandborg (Den)

    Nibali will of course be targeting the road race, Sagan too, but today they will be allies on the road.

  19. 14:40:16 CEST

    BDC - MARCPOL TEAM are the current leaders at the second time check, having posted the 6th fastest time at the first check.
     

  20. 14:42:41 CEST

    The Rabobank Development team were fastest at the first time check and they're looking good out there. They're on course for going fastest at the second time check.

  21. 14:45:32 CEST

    • Vacansoleil - DCM

    What of Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team's chances today? Their final Worlds, at WorldTour at least. They've gone out with a whimper this season on paper they still have a line up that could challenge for a top ten spot today. Motivation could be key for them.

    181 Thomas De Gendt (Bel)
    182 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa)
    183 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb)
    184 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned)
    185 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita)
    186 Lieuwe Westra (Ned)

  22. 14:48:23 CEST

    RIJKE  storm to the top of the leaderboard at the second check with Team Cult Energy in second place for now. MTN should be at the first time check soon enough.

  23. 14:52:46 CEST

    Optum have perhaps their strongest team here but they're well off the pace at the moment and down in 10th at the first check. Can they turn it around?

    271 Ryan Anderson (Can)
    272 Jesse Anthony (USA)
    273 Michael Friedman (USA)
    274 Chad Haga (USA)
    275 Tomas Zirbel (USA)
    276 Scott Zwizanski (USA)

  24. 14:56:08 CEST

    The fightback has begun as Optum go fastest by seven seconds at the second time check.

  25. 14:57:17 CEST

    While MTN also struggle in the first sector. Perhaps holding back  through the technical sections before opening up the throttle on the long, flat stages.

  26. 14:59:59 CEST

    Rabobank Development started strongly and they've continued in that fashion, setting the fastest times at both of the time checks.

  27. 15:07:18 CEST

    The Rabobank youngsters started strongly last year and it's a case of history repeating itself as they cut through all the fastest times so far.

  28. 15:11:00 CEST

    • Euskaltel

    Euskaltel are under way. Certainly not the strongest team in the race but they'll want to do that jersey proud in their last Worlds outing.

     

    They're off and around the first early corners.

  29. 15:12:09 CEST

    Lotto smash through the first time check and take the lead as MTN are in full flight and heading towards the second time check. They take 6th after 24km.

  30. 15:13:09 CEST

    Argos are out on the road. Their women's team didn't manage to pick up a  medal. A tough ask for the men's team but they do have a couple of handy riders within their ranks.

     

    As Lampre line up on the start ramp.

  31. 15:13:55 CEST

    The Italian team had a shocker last year, finishing in 28th place. This time around they've picked:

    131 Matteo Bono (Ita)
    132 Davide Cimolai (Ita)
    133 Luca Dodi (Ita)
    134 Roberto Ferrari (Ita)
    135 Adriano Malori (Ita)
    136 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg)

  32. 15:14:50 CEST

    Around the opening corners for Lampre, as up ahead Argos keep the pace high.

  33. 15:17:53 CEST

    • Garmin-Sharp

    And Garmin now set off with David Millar leading the American team down the start ramp.

  34. 15:18:50 CEST

    Garmin immediately lined out and in single file, just the one man in the wind. If they can keep it together they're in a with a chance of a medal.

  35. 15:19:58 CEST

    As Malori leads Lampre. He's really going to have to take responsibility for the team today. Of course he's off to Movistar for next season.

  36. 15:20:37 CEST

    Rohan Dennis on the back for Garmin. The American team take a slight lead at this stage.

  37. 15:21:06 CEST

    And Cannondale now start their effort.

  38. 15:21:42 CEST

    No Ted King in their line up, still no news on where the American will be racing next season.

  39. 15:26:04 CEST

    Garmin are on the early climb. It's around a km of effort.

  40. 15:27:41 CEST

    Over the top of the climb and Garmin are second. Belkin are now about to start their effort. Team Cult Energy are the new leaders at the finish line.

  41. 15:29:15 CEST

    Lotto are having a storming ride, and are fastest at the first two time checks.

  42. 15:30:50 CEST

    Omega's Development team are about to hit the line and they take the lead by nearly 8 seconds.

  43. 15:32:18 CEST

    • Saxo Bank Tinkoff

    Saxo Bank, who had a strong TTT in the Tour set off. No Contador in their ranks but Roche, fresh from his Vuelta performance is here:

     

    81 Manuele Boaro (Ita)
    82 Mads Christensen (Den)
    83 Michael Morkov (Den)
    84 Nicolas Roche (Irl)
    85 Nicki Sörensen (Den)
    86 Matteo Tosatto (Ita)

  44. 15:32:54 CEST

    Astana are about to take to the start line.

  45. 15:33:58 CEST

    And Cannodale are now the fastest team at the first time check, 5 seconds up on Lotto.

  46. 15:37:09 CEST

    But it's Optum who now take the lead. It wont stand though because the Rabobank Development team are over 40 seconds faster.

  47. 15:38:36 CEST

    • RadioShack Leopard

    Fabian Cancellara steadies himself on the start ramp and then leads off the RadioShack Leopard team.

  48. 15:39:30 CEST

    The former world time trial champion leads his team through the first few corners. No risks at this stage as Euskaltel are 5th at the second time check.

  49. 15:40:20 CEST

    Lotto still the fastest time on GPS with RadioShack at 3 seconds.

  50. 15:42:06 CEST

    What chance of the Rabobank Development team upstaging Belkin? It's possible because the WorldTour team are off the pace at the moment.

  51. 15:44:13 CEST

    The sun is still out, and there's little wind out there from what we can see on the finishline.

  52. 15:45:03 CEST

    Out on the road and RadioShack remained disciplined. They're still four seconds off the pace but they've not started the climb yet.

  53. 15:45:17 CEST

    As Movistar leave the start ramp.

  54. 15:45:44 CEST

    Garmin Sharp are fastest at the second time check. 18 seconds faster than Lotto.

  55. 15:47:23 CEST

    RadioShack on the climb but they're moving the gears and starting to find their pace.

  56. 15:48:52 CEST

    At the second time check the WorldTour team are demonstrating their dominance, leading the top 7 places. Sagan is leading Cannondale though and they hit the second time check and they're 15 seconds up on Garmin.

  57. 15:49:26 CEST

    • Team Sky

    As Froome and his Sky teammates start the TTT course.

  58. 15:50:13 CEST

    • Cannondale

    A bit of a surprise to see Sagan and his team so far ahead at the second time check but there's still a long way to go.

  59. 15:51:51 CEST

    MTN come to the line and it's another scalp for the Rabobank Development team.

  60. 15:53:15 CEST

    Podium placers from last year, Orica GreenEdge start their TTT. They of course won the TTT during the Tour and will be one of the strongest teams today.

  61. 15:53:31 CEST

    Meanwhile Astana are second at the first time check.

  62. 15:56:12 CEST

    • Team BMC

    Just BMC and Omega Pharma have yet to start but it's BMC on the ramp right now.

    It looks like Phinney is leading them off.

  63. 15:57:02 CEST

    Sky are now on the early climb with Froome back in third wheel.

  64. 15:58:05 CEST

    GPS says that Sky are fastest on the road, with Orica three seconds down.

  65. 15:58:34 CEST

    Cannodale were the fastest team at the first check but Sky go four seconds faster.

  66. 15:59:06 CEST

    Rabobank still lead but Lotto are closing in on the finish.

  67. 15:59:36 CEST

    • Omega Pharma QuickStep

    And now the defending champions are off. Can they retain their crown?

  68. 16:00:16 CEST

    Up ahead BMC snake their way through the opening sectors as Lotto approach the finish.

  69. 16:00:35 CEST

    They're down to four riders with Greipel leading them home.

  70. 16:01:22 CEST

    Porte on the the front and van Garderen on the front for BMC. This is building towards a thrilling finish.

  71. 16:03:01 CEST

    Astana are approaching the second time check and they're really in the mix, just 2.7seconds down on Cannondale.

  72. 16:04:49 CEST

    • Vacansoleil - DCM

    And it's Vacansoleil who set the fastest time and by 50 seconds. That's a solid ride, even though they only finished with four riders.

  73. 16:05:44 CEST

    There's bit more of a breeze out there now and that could really make a difference.

    Chavanel takes a turn for Omega and then swings off. They're about to hit the early climb.

  74. 16:06:15 CEST

    Garmin are 56 seconds up on Lotto but they look to be down to 5 riders.

  75. 16:06:49 CEST

    As RadioShack are 16 seconds slower than Cannondale at the second time check.

  76. 16:07:50 CEST

    Lotto now set the fastest time with Greipel first over the line. Flecha had only just sat down but the Belgian team were 37 seconds faster.

  77. 16:09:40 CEST

    Cannondale come to the third time check and now they're faster than Garmin. But behind them the likes  of RadioShack, BMC, Orica and Sky are all in the mix.

  78. 16:11:58 CEST

    Sky still have all six riders, BMC too as Boasson Hagen drifts to the back for the British team. At the first time check Omega are the quickest.

  79. 16:12:32 CEST

    It looks like one of the BMC riders is already missing turns though.

  80. 16:13:19 CEST

    At the first time check It's Omega leading with Orica at 12.2 seconds and BMC at 12.4.

  81. 16:14:20 CEST

    Argos come over the line and take second for now, behind Lotto.

  82. 16:15:50 CEST

    Cannondale  look to be running away with this according to the GPS.

  83. 16:16:31 CEST

    Sky are coming up to the second time check though and they've gone 29 seconds faster than the GPS. I think we can ignore the GPS from now on.

  84. 16:17:02 CEST

    • Garmin-Sharp

    Garmin hit the centre of Florence and they're down to four riders.

  85. 16:18:24 CEST

    Omega are still the fastest on the road and the medals look to be between the defending champions, Sky, BMC, Orica and Cannondale.

  86. 16:19:00 CEST

    RadioShack and Astana are on the fringes of the main battle at the moment.

  87. 16:19:53 CEST

    at the second time check Orica are four seconds faster than Team Sky.

  88. 16:21:15 CEST

    Tony Martin drifts to the back of the Omega line as Chavanel leads

  89. 16:22:15 CEST

    Lampre cross the line almost a minute down on Lotto.

  90. 16:22:56 CEST

    Greipel slouches in his chair by the podium but he'll know that his team will be not be in the hunt come the end of the race.

  91. 16:23:46 CEST

    Garmin are about to finish and they go fastest, 59 seconds faster than Lotto. That sets the standard for the other teams on the road.

  92. 16:24:52 CEST

     The defending champions are on the march though and they're still leading the race by six seconds head of Sky are Orica.

  93. 16:25:25 CEST

    But now Orica leap into second and they're a second off the lead with Sky five seconds down. BMC are being squeezed out at the moment.

  94. 16:26:40 CEST

    It's going to be tough for BMC to come back into this as they're losing a few more seconds. And  Cannondale are over 30 seconds faster than Garmin.

  95. 16:27:49 CEST

    And now Orica are leading by two seconds but there's only five seconds separating Omega, Sky and the Australians.

  96. 16:28:11 CEST

    BMC are 22 seconds off the lead at the second time gap.

  97. 16:28:38 CEST

    Orica now lead by three seconds and Sky are starting to close in on the Belgians.

  98. 16:29:07 CEST

    Orica still have all six riders and 9 seconds separate the top three positions.

  99. 16:29:40 CEST

    Sky still look smooth, in a single pace line but one of their riders is missing turns.

  100. 16:30:00 CEST

    Sky look to be cracking a bit here.

  101. 16:30:37 CEST

    They're losing ground on Orica. We said earlier that the Australian's didn't have a weakness and they're proving that now as they stretch their lead over Omega.

  102. 16:31:51 CEST

    Watch out for RadioShack because they've gone faster than Cannondale at the penultimate time check.

  103. 16:32:23 CEST

    Orica have lost one rider so they're down to five.

  104. 16:32:59 CEST

    There's a bit of a headwind though and that could play a factor. Sky are now ten seconds down on Omega, with the Belgians still in second.

  105. 16:33:46 CEST

    Porte at the back of the Sky train and the British team are hanging in there.

  106. 16:34:56 CEST

    Belkin are about to finish and they take provisional third.

  107. 16:35:39 CEST

    Orica continue to keep their discipline, shifting to shorter turns on the front. Sky still have all six as Thomas leads them.

  108. 16:36:33 CEST

    Up to  the third time check and Sky are fastest so far.

  109. 16:36:54 CEST

    Orica appear to be building on their lead though. It's at around 15 seconds.

  110. 16:39:45 CEST

    Orica turn the screw and come up to the third time check 20 seconds faster than Sky. They're on course for the title.

  111. 16:40:24 CEST

    Astana come to the finish. They should be on for a top five, at least. They beat Cannondale by 7.7 seconds.

  112. 16:40:55 CEST

    They were down to four riders but kept plugging away and it's Fuglsang who leads them over the line.

  113. 16:41:09 CEST

    That pushes Garmin down to third.

  114. 16:43:49 CEST

    Cancellara now leads home RadioShack and they take the lead by 3 seconds.

  115. 16:44:41 CEST

    Cancellara has three riders with him and that's enough. Astana had only just sat down in the hotseat but they're off back to the team hotel.

  116. 16:47:04 CEST

    Popovich waves to the crowds as he take a seat. The Shack riders look spent.


    As Omega come to the third time check and they're just 1.45 seconds down on Orica and it's Martin dragging the team along. The Belgians still have all  six riders, Orica are down to five.

  117. 16:47:48 CEST

    Sky were third at the penultimate time check, 20 seconds off the lead.

  118. 16:50:29 CEST

    Orica are now down to four riders. There's no room for error here, they can't make any mistakes because Omega are hot on their heels.

  119. 16:51:39 CEST

    Phinney is doing a lot of work for BMC but it might not be enough for a medal. The American team are off the pace.

  120. 16:51:55 CEST

    BMC are over 20 seconds down on third.

  121. 16:52:47 CEST

    Just four teams out on the road. RadioShack lead but really the medals will come down to Orica, Sky and Omega.

  122. 16:53:04 CEST

    And  Sky have lost two men but they're close to the finish.

  123. 16:53:36 CEST

    55 seconds faster than RadioShack. They will get a medal if BMC cant beat them.

  124. 16:54:03 CEST

    BMC are coming through the tight cobbled streets now.

  125. 16:54:29 CEST

    It will be Orica who reach the finish first though.

  126. 16:55:04 CEST

    And Orica, with four riders, are really up against it. They're now five seconds down on Omega.

  127. 16:56:40 CEST

    Orica GreenEdge,  21 seconds faster than Sky and into the lead. For now...

  128. 16:57:11 CEST

    BMC still to come but it's Omega Pharma who are looking to win their second title.

  129. 16:58:34 CEST

    BMC look fairly ragged now, they may know the time splits as van Garderen sits on the front.

     

    Chavanel is leading Omega out of a tight corner and they're four seconds up.

  130. 16:59:23 CEST

    Cummigs in on the back of the BMC train and he's starting to miss some turns.

  131. 17:00:27 CEST

    BMC are coming up to the line but fourth is the best they can do.

  132. 17:01:12 CEST

    Third for BMC but Omega are still to come in.

  133. 17:01:45 CEST

    Will it be gold or silver for Omega Pharma Quick Step, the defending champions.

  134. 17:02:37 CEST

    Orica riders stare up at the screens above them as Martin leads the final team home. According to GPS the gap is one second.

  135. 17:02:58 CEST

    Only four riders left for Omega. This is going to be nail biting.

  136. 17:03:10 CEST

    Martin on the front, then Chavanel

  137. 17:03:20 CEST

    it's going to be so close.

  138. 17:03:40 CEST

    They've done it. They've done it by 0.88 seconds.

  139. 17:04:14 CEST

    All four riders spread themselves over the road and that might have made the difference because in the end it came down to less than one second.

  140. 17:05:01 CEST

    Durbridge shakes his head and buries his face in a towel. He can't quite believe it. As outside Martin and his teammates are mobbed on the line.

  141. 17:05:37 CEST

    Omega Pharma have retained their title, just like Specalized did in the women's event.

  142. 17:06:08 CEST

    Sky settle for bronze, with BMC down in fourth.

  143. 17:07:22 CEST

    1 Omega Pharma Quick Step 1:04:16.74
    2 Orica GreenEdge 0:00:00.88
    3 Sky Procycling 0:00:22.62
    4 BMC Racing Team 0:01:02.78
    5 RadioShack Leopard 0:01:17.52
    6 Astana Pro Team 0:01:21.21
    7 Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:01:28.81
    8 Garmin-Sharp 0:02:02.01
    9 Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:02:14.24
    10 Movistar Team 0:02:31.10

  144. 17:20:24 CEST

    Thanks for joining us today. You can find our reports, race photos and results right here.