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UCI Road World Championships 2013

Date range:
September 22-29, 2013

September 25, Elite Men time trial: Montecatini Terme - Florence 56.8km

Tony Martin wins elite men's time trial world championship

Daniel Benson
September 25, 2013, 13:38,
September 25, 2013, 17:41

Wiggins and Cancellara round out podium

Tony Martin (Germany) flies toward victory

Tony Martin (Germany) flies toward victory

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Tony Martin (Germany) secured his third individual world championship time trial title with a virtuoso display in Florence, Italy. The German secured his third straight rainbow jersey in a time of 1:05:36.65, setting the fastest times through all but one of the intermediate time checks.

Olympic time trial champion Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) earned a silver medal, 46 seconds adrift of Martin. Four-time world champion Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) had to accept third, a further two seconds back on Wiggins after the British rider overhauled what had at one point been a 24-second deficit to the Swiss rider.

Last year's silver medallist Taylor Phinney (United States of America) had to settle for fifth, with Vasil Kiryienka, third in 2012, claiming fourth.

However, there was no doubt about Martin's domination. The German, efficient and effective as he churned a huge gear, set off last of the 79-man field. Over a course that perfectly suited his rigidity and power, Martin was simply a class apart with the fight for silver and bronze already the focal point from just over the half-way point.

"The first time is always the nicest. For sure this comes close. I think there was a lot of pressure on me, and I really wanted to win the title again. Now the pressure has fallen off my shoulders, and it's really emotional for me," a delighted Martin said.

Cancellara's early lead

Cancellara had started out the sprightlier of the two. The former time trial king missed last year's event through injury, but after a string of wins in the Spring Classics and an eye-catching win against Martin in the Vuelta a Espana time trial earlier in the month, many had tipped him to roll back the years and claim his fifth world title.

Wiggins, fresh from his overall win in the Tour of Britain, set off before both of his main rivals and at one stage, it looked as though he would be locked in a battle for bronze with his Sky teammate Kiryienka. However, the British rider paced his effort well, and although he was never on terms with Martin - unlike Cancellara - he was able to beat off Cancellara's fading challenge for second spot on the podium.

Under blue skies and with little wind to affect the main challengers, the world time trial championships had arguably its most decorated field in a number of years. The three medallists from Copenhagen (2011): Martin, Cancellara and Wiggins had all returned, and with Phinney, Richie Porte, Alex Dowsett, Marco Pinotti and Sylvain Chavanel amongst the starters, there was a distinguishable depth to the field.

Gustavo Mino (Paraguay) was the first rider to set off from the start ramp but it wasn’t until Nelson Oliveira (Portugal) set a time of 1:08:51 that the crowds saw a genuine reference point against which to judge the favourites.

Behind the Portuguese, Alex Dowsett (Great Britain) and Rohan Dennis (Australia) were both out on the course. The British rider, not near the form he displayed at this year’s Giro, struggled through the event, while Dennis, who has enjoyed a stellar first season in the professional ranks, briefly led.

It was Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus) who raised the bar still further [eventually finishing 10th] before Wiggins, Cancellara and Martin set off.

Cancellara set off like a train. At the first intermediate time check at Serravalle Pistoiese, he led Martin by 0.36 of a second with Wiggins 15 seconds adrift. The early climb of Serravalle Pistoiese gave the impression that Wiggins would not make an impact, that Cancellara would be a reference point and that Martin would do well to hang onto the Swiss rider’s coattails.

But in truth, Martin was merely finding his stride. And with the course flattening the German began to lay to bare his dominance against the clock. Cancellara, who looked the more fluid of the two, simply had no answer and by the 24km mark had conceded 27 seconds to Martin. Wiggins, meanwhile, looked effortless but without Cancellara’s urgency, and trailed by 28 seconds.

Phinney struggled to remain on terms, consistently finishing fifth at each sector but losing time all the same. He faired better than his compatriot Andrew Talansky who backed up his disappointing display in the team time trial with 46th place here.

A number of other well established WorldTour rivals suffered too. Dowsett finished nearly six minutes off the pace, while former world champion Bert Grabsch, Luis Leon Sanchez, Chavanel and Porte all fell below expectations.

A resounding win

By the time Martin reached the penultimate check, victory was in his grasp. Cancellara’s grip on second had begun to weaken as he attempted to find every last second through a number of tight corners. Wiggins was on a march, though, and slowly chipped away so that by the third check, the gap between the pair was down to 12 seconds.

The British rider looked the fresher of the two and used the long straights to claw back second after second as Kiryienka began to focus on keeping Phinney at bay.

Wiggins almost caught Phinney on the line and moments later Cancellara rounded the final bend for his sprint to the line. But it was not to be and the former maestro of the individual time trial would have to settle for a bronze medal.

“I wanted to win the race, but ... 46 seconds, there's not much you can do - even two seconds. To be honest I did a great performance. I wasn't aware of the splits at all, but there's not a lot more I could have done. Tony was just on another level today,” said Wiggins.

But both Wiggins and Cancellara had no answer to Martin’s superiority with the German holding up three fingers to signify the number of individual world titles he has now won.

Full Results
1 Tony Martin (Germany) 1:05:36.65  
2 Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) 0:00:46.09  
3 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) 0:00:48.34  
4 Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) 0:01:26.01  
5 Taylor Phinney (United States of America) 0:02:08.00  
6 Rasmus Christian Quaade (Denmark) 0:02:36.33  
7 Marco Pinotti (Italy) 0:02:41.92  
8 Adriano Malori (Italy) 0:02:51.07  
9 Gustav Larsson (Sweden) 0:02:58.47  
10 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus) 0:02:59.54  
11 Jan Barta (Czech Republic) 0:03:07.00  
12 Rohan Dennis (Australia) 0:03:09.33  
13 Nicolas Roche (Ireland) 0:03:13.35  
14 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spain) 0:03:13.78  
15 Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Portugal) 0:03:14.43  
16 Kristof Vandewalle (Belgium) 0:03:17.15  
17 Richie Porte (Australia) 0:03:22.82  
18 Vladimir Gusev (Russian Federation) 0:03:28.46  
19 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kazakhstan) 0:03:35.95  
20 Bert Grabsch (Germany) 0:03:41.01  
21 Jesse Sergent (New Zealand) 0:03:45.91  
22 Sylvain Chavanel (France) 0:03:48.41  
23 Aleksejs Saramotins (Latvia) 0:03:56.32  
24 Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) 0:03:59.07  
25 Niki Terpstra (Netherlands) 0:04:00.83  
26 Carlos Ivan Oyarzun Guinez (Chile) 0:04:06.45  
27 Lieuwe Westra (Netherlands) 0:04:06.54  
28 Maciej Bodnar (Poland) 0:04:18.20  
29 Jérémy Roy (France) 0:04:27.21  
30 Riccardo Zoidl (Austria) 0:04:39.57  
31 Serghei Tvetcov (Republic of Moldova) 0:04:47.33  
32 Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania) 0:04:49.80  
33 Bob Jungels (Luxembourg) 0:04:58.57  
34 Nikolay Mihaylov (Bulgaria) 0:04:59.10  
35 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain) 0:05:04.78  
36 Tobias Ludvigsson (Sweden) 0:05:07.12  
37 Matthias Brandle (Austria) 0:05:11.12  
38 Patrick Gretsch (Germany) 0:05:14.23  
39 Tiago Machado (Portugal) 0:05:28.63  
40 Ilnur Zakarin (Russian Federation) 0:05:34.37  
41 Alex Dowsett (Great Britain) 0:05:47.23  
42 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (South Africa) 0:05:52.74  
43 Alex Rasmussen (Denmark) 0:05:56.91  
44 Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece) 0:06:00.00  
45 Andriy Vasylyuk (Ukraine) 0:06:04.45  
46 Andrew Talansky (United States of America) 0:06:05.19  
47 Matej Jurco (Slovakia) 0:06:15.31  
48 Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan) 0:06:19.04  
49 Thomas De Gendt (Belgium) 0:06:25.48  
50 Kristijan Koren (Slovenia) 0:06:25.55  
51 Reto Hollenstein (Switzerland) 0:06:26.12  
52 Rafaa Chtioui (Tunisia) 0:06:30.86  
53 Gert Joeaar (Estonia) 0:06:49.14  
54 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eritrea) 0:06:49.28  
55 Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 0:06:52.88  
56 Sam Bewley (New Zealand) 0:07:00.02  
57 King Lok Cheung (Hong Kong, China) 0:07:01.57  
58 Leandro Messineo (Argentina) 0:07:23.33  
59 Gediminas Bagdonas (Lithuania) 0:07:38.30  
60 Hyeong Min Choe (Korea) 0:07:44.62  
61 Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukraine) 0:07:46.86  
62 Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzbekistan) 0:07:51.74  
63 Spas Gyurov (Bulgaria) 0:07:56.99  
64 Samuel Pökälä (Finland) 0:08:11.30  
65 Elchin Asadov (Azerbaijan) 0:08:21.39  
66 Andrei Nechita (Romania) 0:08:30.77  
67 Rafael Infantino Abreu (Colombia) 0:09:14.83  
68 David Albos Cavaliere (Andorra) 0:09:40.10  
69 Meran Russan (Eritrea) 0:09:41.58  
70 Jose Ragonessi (Ecuador) 0:09:43.75  
71 Segundo Navarrete (Ecuador) 0:09:51.49  
72 Zhupa Eugert (Albania) 0:09:54.57  
73 Jiyong Kang (Korea) 0:10:59.52  
74 Uri Martins (Mexico) 0:11:44.67  
75 Ahmed Albourdainy (Qatar) 0:12:11.70  
76 Gustavo Mino (Paraguay) 0:15:13.21  
77 Nazir Jaser (Syrian Arab Republic) 0:15:14.40  


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objectif More than 1 year ago
Martin got a faster time than Astana, Cannondale, Garmin, Saxo, Movistar... Speaks for itself.
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
Yes ... and no. What does it say?
MavicMoto More than 1 year ago
Whatt do you mean? It's the Worlds; rider v. rider. Teams have nothing to do with it. Do you mean equipment? Some have the very same.
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
I think what Objectif is saying, is just that it was impossible to beat TMartin today, since he was faster than a lot of the teams. As you know teams are usually faster than single riders
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
Martin's time in the ITT was quicker than some teams achieved in the TTT on Sunday on the same course. i.e. the OPQS team could have let Martin ride the team time trial all by himself and he would still have come fifth or sixth against other TTTers. Incredible and impressive.
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
Is there anything in your remark besides admiration? Clearly he was by far the fastest today. Congratulations to him. But you observation remains obscure, so far as its precise meaning is concerned.
objectif More than 1 year ago
No, I have only sincere admiration for him. I actually think he is better than Cancellara was 4 years ago.
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
Hard to compare. Cancellara might be past his prime when it comes to TT'ing,but yet he is probably one of the most complete riders in the peleton. He can win almost any race besides stage races. Obviously his focus has also changed somewhat since 2008-2010, now that he's targeting the races he hasn't won before (Worlds RR as the most obvious)
WilGirod'Italia More than 1 year ago
On Sunday they held the trade team time trial on the same (or very similar) route Martin time today was faster than the one of many of the major team on Sunday That's what objectif is alluding to...
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
He's now explained it, thanks.
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
There seems to be some disapproval of my query, so I'll try again. I am not naive enough not to know that a team time trial is faster than a solo ride, generally speaking. Had I not gone quicker in the two-up I rode on Sunday than I generally ride solo I would have been disappointed. I just wanted clarification of the cryptic "speaks for itself" as there could be more than one meaning to that. Very happy with what objectif meant. It was a great ride and i am not trying to make some peculiar point out of it.
CP2013 More than 1 year ago
or in other words (without taking course conditions into consideration), his IT time would have been 6th overall in the TTT and just 1sec from making it onto the podium... pretty impressive.
WilGirod'Italia More than 1 year ago
I think the commentators were saying the route was not exactly the same - maybe today was even longer? No matter what, Martin was supreme today...
mspgrandi More than 1 year ago
Amazing... but difficult to compare... it all depends by the wind.. I am from the area, wind can be quite strong there having said that ... he was flying
barthvos More than 1 year ago
Since the track was 660 meters longer in the ITT compared to the TTT it's no use to compare the times. If you look at the average speed Tony Martin did faster than the fourth team (BMC). But different wind conditions can have quite an impact so that comparisson wouldn't be proper either.
Chris Todgers More than 1 year ago
very true and obvious, yet people are always quick to forget it!
NoMapNoCompass More than 1 year ago
Go Mr Tony go, delighted to see him show Wiggins how to TT.
Pedal Pusher More than 1 year ago
Agree entirely - stoked to see Martin beat Sir Bad by 46 seconds
chrisdwyer More than 1 year ago
I think you're being very uncharitable and very unsportsmanlike. Wiggins is an outstanding Time Triallist, this being his second world Silver. He was beaten by somebody who he has 'duelled' with on the TT on many occasions, some he's won some he hasn't. Wiggins knew who his competition was. If he talked himself up it was purely part of the game, and in the belief that he could win.
Alpe73 More than 1 year ago
The three who should have medalled, met expectations. No one should be too perturbed about the finishing order. Congratualations to each of them.
Benito More than 1 year ago
Who the hell is Rasmus Christian Quaade?!
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
Only the European Under-23 Time Trial Champion, 2012 and second in the Under-23 Road Cycling World Championships, 2011. He's got previous form.
chewi666 More than 1 year ago
"Start the reactor Quaade - free Mars!"
Dave Christenson More than 1 year ago
"Kuato lives!'
NoMapNoCompass More than 1 year ago
You think this is the real Quaade, it is!
chewi666 More than 1 year ago
you gotta nerve showing your face around here!
everydayfatrider More than 1 year ago
I think this website could help you ... just cut and paste into your browser
oldcrank More than 1 year ago
More Anglo-Saxon domination. Saxon in first, Anglo in second.
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
I prefer to look at it as only Saxon dominance, or simply put, just german precision, power and consistency!
indurain666 More than 1 year ago
Nice win by Martin. Glad he avenged his defeat at the Vuelta TT and the crappy move Cancellara made when he pulled the peloton and chased him down during his epic breakaway at the Vuelta.
HeadPack More than 1 year ago
That breakaway was, for me at least, one of the most impressive performances on a bike all year. Congrats to Martin! It was nice seeing he had proper competition and a bit of revenge today. Wiggins, who beat him in London always looks impressive on a TT-bike, and Cancellara, who spoiled TM's legendary breakaway ride, clearly fought. And lost.
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
Stupid comment regarding the Martin breakaway. One cannot blame Cancellara for actually trying to win races. Besides it has nothing to do with todays result
N.O. Name More than 1 year ago
Congratulations, Tony Martin What makes it really significant is the 42 seconds that he managed to get over the self-proclaimed favorite to win. Take that Sir Bradley. I recommend that you let your legs do the talking in the future. BTW, Where's Taylor? Good rider? Yes. Great? Not yet.
chrisdwyer More than 1 year ago
He's Olympic Champion, and beaten Marton many times. Who can blame him being confident?! His legs have and still do the talking.
chrisdwyer More than 1 year ago
velogeek More than 1 year ago
I suspect that in the German-speaking press Martin would have said the same, but we weren't exposed to that because the Germans largely shun cycling since the Ullrich/Fuentes fiasco.
anthonyz More than 1 year ago
What's with all the Wiggins hate on here? He is a solid rider, and he doesn't even have as big of an ego as some other *mediocre* cyclists.
Getagrip More than 1 year ago
Might as well get used to it. Just about everyone gets hatemail on this site. After my declaration that I thought I'd back Martin more than Wiggins yesterday (mostly as result of just missing out on 'that' Vuelta stage) I found myself urging on Wiggins for most of the race. Cance gave it his all and may have done better with a bit more up-n-down and left-n-right, Wiggins measured his output almost perfectly but Martin was just a monster and wasn't goign to be beaten by anyone. I thank all riders for putting on a great race.... and the cat for livening up the early stages!!
littleowl More than 1 year ago
Excellent points you make but most of all your 'last'. I also would like to thank All the riders who took part. It's a shame that ITT racing is difficult for a comprehensive television coverage ; just too many mobile cameras required.
Dry Booger More than 1 year ago
Anyone knows what happened to Velits? He was in OPQS squad for TTT and planned to participate in ITT too. I do not see him in the results. I expected him to be in top 20.
slow-vac More than 1 year ago
Peter spoke to slovak press about not participating in ITT due to the course being too flat and he also mentioned his full support for Sagan on sunday where he wants to be properly rested.
Dry Booger More than 1 year ago
thank you, that is big sacrifice, hope he will be rady. Anyhow, I think the course suits to him well, he is perfect climber and TT.
InterestedSpectator More than 1 year ago
How strange and how childish some posters are capable of being. All riders gave of their best today, the course was superb and all three podium men were great.
Satandog More than 1 year ago
Yep. Some posters still on tricycles. Squeak squeak.