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UCI Road World Championships 2010

Date range:
September 29 - October 3, 2010

September 30, Elite Men: Geelong - Geelong 45.8km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Greg Johnson

Welcome back for day two of the UCI Road World Championships live from Geelong, Australia. We'll be bringing you just one race today, but what a race it will be as the Elite Men's field battles for time trial glory over 45.8 kilometres.

Those who missed yesterday's crowning of new U23 and Elite Women's champions yesterday can get up to speed by clicking the link for each.

  1. 12:57:03 EST

    It's been four years since Lara Bingle asked 'where the bloody hell are you?' and more than 20 since Crocodile Dundee said he'd 'slip an extra shrimp on the barbie', but finally the cycling world has answered the call and made its way Down Under.

    And the Australians should be in for a good showing today, with Richie Porte expected to give reigning champion Fabian Cancellara a run for his money and three time champion Michael Rogers also in the field.

  2. 12:59:05 EST

    We're about eight minutes away from the start of today's race, so in the meantime you can see a full list of starters and start times here.

    Remember you can contact the commentator (that's me) at any point throughout today's coverage at cyclingnews@cyclingnews.com. Your feeback, information, rants, opinion and abuse is all welcome!

  3. 12:59:42 EST

    Our first rider for the day - James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) - is in the start house getting ready to roll.

  4. 13:02:06 EST

    And we're away with James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) now out on the course. He'll complete two laps of a loop just over 22 kilometres in length - we'll get two time checks per lap throughout this afternoon plus the start/finish time check on the first lap and obviously the final time check when the rider finishes.

    Let's have some fun!

  5. 13:03:34 EST

    Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan), our second rider, is away.

    Like the Under 23 men's race the elite men are broken up into groups. We've got 10 riders in this first of four groups. We have about 40 minutes after the last rider from each group is away to focus on those riders before the next lot hit the course.

  6. 13:06:51 EST

    Gordon Mccauley (New Zealand) is our third rider down the ramp. Mccauley's countryman Shem Rodger finished 23rd in yesterday's U23 race - the first time his mother has seen him race overseas, would you believe - lets see how Gordon goes.

  7. 13:07:07 EST

    Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) is away now.

  8. 13:08:41 EST

    James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) has hit the first climb and he's clearly feeling it in the legs as Martin Velits (Slovakia) rolls away from the start house. Some tip Veltis as a potential winner here today, so we'll watch him closely.

  9. 13:09:49 EST

    Jay Robert Thomson is the next rider away in South Africa's colours.

  10. 13:13:01 EST

    Tanel Kangert (Estonia) is the next rider down today's start ramp. The men's event is a little different to the women's and U23 course, so the start ramp today is located at the top of the start/finish straight. That means the guys don't have to ride straight into a long, although not that big, climb.

  11. 13:14:55 EST

    James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) is really feeling it and as a result Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) has passed the rider and is the first to reach our 6.6 kilometre time check. Zeits has clocked in at 10:41, while Weekes was about three minutes slower.

  12. 13:16:34 EST

    Gordon Mccauley (New Zealand) clocked in at the first timing point four seconds slower than Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) as José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) is released from the gate.

  13. 13:17:01 EST

    Just Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Colombia) and Michael Morkov (Denmark) left to start in this group.

  14. 13:19:58 EST

    Martin Velits (Slovakia) is quick! 13 seconds better at the first time check.

  15. 13:22:53 EST

    Well I've got the abuse, what about race predictions? cyclingnews@cyclingnews.com - nice and easy!

  16. 13:23:46 EST

    Tanel Kangert (Estonia) has lowered the bar at the 6.6km mark, with a 10:18.

  17. 13:24:27 EST

    Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) is the first rider at the 14.7 km marker in a time of 20:44.

  18. 13:26:37 EST

    A few people are asking about weather - what kind of a question is that? It's Melbourne after all...

    In all seriousness though it is overcast here, but it's been dry all morning and doesn't really look like we'll get rainfall at least in the next hour or two. The local radar is down for maintenance, so we'll have to depend on my keen eye for a little while. Will let you know if I sense anything on the horizon.

  19. 13:27:30 EST

    Our Kiwi is through the second check point about 10 seconds down on Zeits. Weekes has also passed through but over five minutes behind.

  20. 13:30:13 EST

    Fabio has given a good bit of advice for the riders today: The eventual winner will need to really concentrate on starting slow. If we look at Taylor Phinney’s times from yesterday, he didn’t have a blistering start and it paid off.
    Start slow…finish fast!

  21. 13:31:28 EST

    Michael Morkov (Denmark) might not be paying attention to Fabio's advice though, he's just clocked in at the 6.6km mark 13 seconds quicker than Kangert!

  22. 13:32:39 EST

    Interesting little fact about today's race from the organisers: For the first time in the history of the cycling world championships, the Italians will not be present in the men’s elite time trial. On the other hand, Chile and Malaysia make their debut in this event.

  23. 13:33:43 EST

    José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) is looking very well positioned on his bike. He was third quickest at the first time check, but consistency will win this thing (a world champion jersey, that is).

  24. 13:34:11 EST

    Okay so here are the final numbers at time check one for our first 10:

    1 Michael Morkov (Denmark) 0:10:05.64
    2 Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 0:10:18.53
    3 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 0:10:22.55
    4 Martin Velits (Slovakia) 0:10:27.79
    5 Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 0:10:41.43
    6 Gordon McCauley (New Zealand) 0:10:45.48
    7 Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 0:10:52.08
    8 Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 0:10:54.24
    9 Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 0:11:40.72
    10 James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 0:13:44.38

  25. 13:35:30 EST

    Some of you have asked about the difference between yesterday's course for the U23 men and today's course. Basically today's course goes further along the beach then does a little loop to hook back up to the start/finish straight, which adds about six kilometres in total length to the loop, which they lap twice.

  26. 13:37:45 EST

    Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) has finished his first lap in 31:28.

    Our Kiwi - who is the oldest person in today's race at 38 - remained 10 seconds behind, as he was at the last time check. He's like glue that Mccauley.

  27. 13:38:54 EST

    José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) is quickest at check point two thus far. He's picked up a massive 24 seconds on Tanel Kangert (Estonia).

  28. 13:41:14 EST

    Martin Velits (Slovakia) is quickest of the five riders to complete their first lap with a 31:18.

  29. 13:42:25 EST

    Our blimp has a blind spot and we thought we'd lost the Dane for a minute, but he's still there.

    Here's how they stand after check two:

    1 Michael Morkov (Denmark) 0:20:10.31
    2 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 0:20:11.59
    3 Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 0:20:35.90
    4 Martin Velits (Slovakia) 0:20:36.56
    5 Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 0:20:44.13
    6 Gordon McCauley (New Zealand) 0:20:55.07
    7 Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 0:21:16.31
    8 Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 0:21:31.37
    9 Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 0:21:52.98
    10 James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 0:26:22.02

  30. 13:43:52 EST

    Our friend from Saint Kitts has lost about nine minutes on the first lap - but he's come along way and is a pioneer for the sport in his country so we're getting behind him!

    Check three (after one lap)

    1 Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 0:31:18.23
    2 Martin Velits (Slovakia) 0:31:28.57
    3 Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 0:31:28.57
    4 Gordon McCauley (New Zealand) 0:31:38.46
    5 James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 0:40:02.17

  31. 13:46:48 EST

    I've found a radar somewhere in the area that works - there's a bit of could about but none of the wet stuff. There's a light - freezing - breeze about today too.

  32. 13:47:59 EST

    Ian has suggested James Weekes is just following Fabio's advice and could come out and win this thing...might be a little optimistic, but it's good to see you're all getting behind him too!

  33. 13:49:06 EST

    Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) has passed the 29.4km marker now, our fourth time check of the day. He's clocked a 42:36 there.

  34. 13:50:13 EST

    Gordon Mccauley (New Zealand) seems to be hurting this time around, as he's dropped back to about a minute behind the man he was chasing.

    Comm'on Gordy, this is your type of weather mate, lets get moving!

  35. 13:53:11 EST

    Our speedy Spaniard José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) is cranking out the pace now. He's gone quicker than Michael Morkov (Denmark) at the end of lap one with a 30:28, 20 seconds quicker than the Dane!
     

  36. 13:54:48 EST

    Judging by the times it looks like we're facing about an hour for the 45.8km. It's not bad, although I pumped out a 50km/h lap this morning...no pressure boys.

    Okay. That's a lie.

  37. 13:56:35 EST

    Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) has now passed the fifth time check at 37.5km. He's done that in 53:01 minutes.

  38. 13:58:59 EST

    My wonderful Excel master has pumped out the times thus far, this is how it looks:

    Check 1

    1 Michael Morkov (Denmark) 0:10:05.64
    2 Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 0:10:18.53
    3 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 0:10:22.55
    4 Martin Velits (Slovakia) 0:10:27.79
    5 Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 0:10:41.43
    6 Gordon McCauley (New Zealand) 0:10:45.48
    7 Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 0:10:52.08
    8 Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 0:10:54.24
    9 Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 0:11:40.72
    10 James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 0:13:44.38

    Check 2

    1 Michael Morkov (Denmark) 0:20:10.31
    2 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 0:20:11.59
    3 Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 0:20:35.90
    4 Martin Velits (Slovakia) 0:20:36.56
    5 Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 0:20:44.13
    6 Gordon McCauley (New Zealand) 0:20:55.07
    7 Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 0:21:16.31
    8 Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 0:21:31.37
    9 Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 0:21:52.98
    10 James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 0:26:22.02

    Check 3

    1 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 0:30:28.92
    2 Michael Morkov (Denmark) 0:30:49.22
    3 Martin Velits (Slovakia) 0:31:18.23
    4 Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 0:31:28.57
    5 Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 0:31:28.57
    6 Gordon McCauley (New Zealand) 0:31:38.96
    7 Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 0:32:05.64
    8 Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 0:32:42.38
    9 Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 0:32:47.32
    10 James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 0:40:02.17

    Check 4

    1 Martin Velits (Slovakia) 0:42:28.05
    2 Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 0:42:28.37
    3 Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 0:42:36.66
    4 Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 0:43:40.74
    5 Gordon McCauley (New Zealand) 0:43:40.83
    6 Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 0:44:04.71
    7 James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 0:54:45.56

  39. 14:02:09 EST

    Our Kiwi obviously likes that second section of the lap as he's just passed through the 37.5km mark with losing little more time to Zeits.

  40. 14:04:05 EST

    Looks like a case of too hard, too soon for Michael Morkov (Denmark)...unless he spotted Tasmania and went to visit the Dannish Princess' homeland.

    He's lost 30 seconds to the Spanish rider at check point four.

  41. 14:05:01 EST

    Here's how we look now:

    Check 1

    1 Michael Morkov (Denmark) 0:10:05.64
    2 Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 0:10:18.53
    3 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 0:10:22.55
    4 Martin Velits (Slovakia) 0:10:27.79
    5 Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 0:10:41.43
    6 Gordon McCauley (New Zealand) 0:10:45.48
    7 Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 0:10:52.08
    8 Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 0:10:54.24
    9 Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 0:11:40.72
    10 James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 0:13:44.38

    Check 2

    1 Michael Morkov (Denmark) 0:20:10.31
    2 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 0:20:11.59
    3 Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 0:20:35.90
    4 Martin Velits (Slovakia) 0:20:36.56
    5 Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 0:20:44.13
    6 Gordon McCauley (New Zealand) 0:20:55.07
    7 Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 0:21:16.31
    8 Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 0:21:31.37
    9 Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 0:21:52.98
    10 James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 0:26:22.02

    Check 3

    1 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 0:30:28.92
    2 Michael Morkov (Denmark) 0:30:49.22
    3 Martin Velits (Slovakia) 0:31:18.23
    4 Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 0:31:28.57
    5 Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 0:31:28.57
    6 Gordon McCauley (New Zealand) 0:31:38.96
    7 Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 0:32:05.64
    8 Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 0:32:42.38
    9 Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 0:32:47.32
    10 James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 0:40:02.17

    Check 4

    1 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 0:41:27.46
    2 Michael Morkov (Denmark) 0:41:58.14
    3 Martin Velits (Slovakia) 0:42:28.05
    4 Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 0:42:28.37
    5 Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 0:42:36.66
    6 Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 0:43:40.74
    7 Gordon McCauley (New Zealand) 0:43:40.83
    8 Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 0:44:04.71
    9 Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 0:44:36.93
    10 James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 0:54:45.56

  42. 14:06:22 EST

    Our Kazakh rider is on the finishing straight. It's 1:03 hours for his two laps, 42.9km/h.

  43. 14:06:58 EST

    Hayden has suggested this 45.8km race is about three laps of the entire island of Nevis...he's probably not far wrong!

  44. 14:07:59 EST

    If my ability to read a clock is what it used to be, we should be seeing the next wave of riders leaving the start gate now.

    And guess who is up first?! Reginald Douglas (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

  45. 14:09:54 EST

    I'm going to go out on a very short limb and say José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) will be the race leader after wave one. He's posted a 51:24 at the end of check point five, more than a minute quicker than Michael Morkov (Denmark), who is still fading.

  46. 14:11:10 EST

    This is how it looks after time check four.

    Check 1

    1 Michael Morkov (Denmark) 0:10:05.64
    2 Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 0:10:18.53
    3 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 0:10:22.55
    4 Martin Velits (Slovakia) 0:10:27.79
    5 Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 0:10:41.43
    6 Gordon McCauley (New Zealand) 0:10:45.48
    7 Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 0:10:52.08
    8 Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 0:10:54.24
    9 Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 0:11:40.72
    10 James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 0:13:44.38

    Check 2

    1 Michael Morkov (Denmark) 0:20:10.31
    2 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 0:20:11.59
    3 Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 0:20:35.90
    4 Martin Velits (Slovakia) 0:20:36.56
    5 Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 0:20:44.13
    6 Gordon McCauley (New Zealand) 0:20:55.07
    7 Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 0:21:16.31
    8 Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 0:21:31.37
    9 Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 0:21:52.98
    10 James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 0:26:22.02

    Check 3

    1 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 0:30:28.92
    2 Michael Morkov (Denmark) 0:30:49.22
    3 Martin Velits (Slovakia) 0:31:18.23
    4 Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 0:31:28.57
    5 Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 0:31:28.57
    6 Gordon McCauley (New Zealand) 0:31:38.96
    7 Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 0:32:05.64
    8 Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 0:32:42.38
    9 Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 0:32:47.32
    10 James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 0:40:02.17

    Check 4

    1 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 0:41:27.46
    2 Michael Morkov (Denmark) 0:41:58.14
    3 Martin Velits (Slovakia) 0:42:28.05
    4 Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 0:42:28.37
    5 Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 0:42:36.66
    6 Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 0:43:40.74
    7 Gordon McCauley (New Zealand) 0:43:40.83
    8 Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 0:44:04.71
    9 Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 0:44:36.93
    10 James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 0:54:45.56

  47. 14:12:16 EST

    Gordon Mccauley (New Zealand) is the second to finish, 1:22 minutes down on Zeits. You're in a silver medal spot for now Gordy!

  48. 14:14:21 EST

    Martin Velits (Slovakia) has gone fastest at the finish in 1:03:09.

  49. 14:15:32 EST

    Hold your horses my Kiwi friends: Jack Bauer (New Zealand) the second rider from group two is flying! His 10:04 minutes at the 6.6km mark is the quickest time yet.

  50. 14:20:16 EST

    Our Spanish rider had just stopped the clock with the fastest time, here's how the first group stand at the finish line so far:

    1José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 1:01:51
    2Martin Velits (Slovakia) 1:03:09
    3Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 1:03:39
    4Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 1:03:42
    5Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 1:05:08
    6Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 1:05:33
    7Gordon Mccauley (New Zealand) 1:05:55
     

  51. 14:21:39 EST

    Someone's just asked if I'm a Kiwi: No. I'm Australian born however I do like the land of the long white cloud and lets face it, we try to claim any good sports star New Zealand produces!

  52. 14:23:37 EST

    Back in the second group Maciej Bodnar (Poland) has set a new fastest time at the 6.6km mark. He's 4.7 seconds quicker than Vladimir Gusev (Russian Federation), while Bauer is still third at a nudge over 6 seconds.

  53. 14:26:17 EST

    Meanwhile at the finish line out Saint Kitts friend has crossed the line, about 20 minutes down on Gutierrez, who now leads the race. Champion effort, Mr Weekes.

    With all 10 finished we can now focus on the second group alone.

    1José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 1:01:51
    2Martin Velits (Slovakia) 1:03:09
    3Michael Morkov (Denmark) 1:03:33
    4Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 1:03:39
    5Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 1:03:42
    6Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 1:05:08
    7Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 1:05:33
    8Gordon Mccauley (New Zealand) 1:05:55
    9Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 1:07:11
    10James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 1:21:58
     

  54. 14:27:36 EST

    Gusev is currently quicker than Bauer by 13 seconds at check point two, 14.7 km into the first lap. Bodnar hasn't passed through yet.

    It will be interesting to see if these guys are really this quick, or if they will go the way of the Dane and fade over the second lap.

  55. 14:29:14 EST

    So you're all aware we're still trying to find out what happened to Jose Serpa. We actually didn't see him start the race (I was in the blimps loo, and doing updates from there just wouldn't be right) so we're not sure if he didn't start or had a problem in the first six kilometres. I get the feeling he didn't start the race.

  56. 14:31:15 EST

    Sylvain Chavanel (France) is the last rider in this second group and has just passed the 6.6km time check with a strong time. He was 3.11 seconds slower than the Bodnar at that point.

  57. 14:32:33 EST

    Don't forget cyclingnews@cyclingnews.com is the e-mail if you've got something to say. Sometimes it gets lonely up here in the blimp, following nearly 50 riders through six different time checks!

  58. 14:33:17 EST

    Bauer has just finished his first lap slightly over 11 seconds slower than the current race leader at that point.

  59. 14:34:33 EST

    Maciej Bodnar (Poland) is quickest at check point two now. He's six seconds up on Gusev and 16 on Bauer at the same point.

  60. 14:35:51 EST

    Dmitriy Fofonov (Kazakhstan) might have nearly ran over a pink balloon on the finish straight, but he's posted the third quickest time after lap one, about 17 seconds down.

  61. 14:36:51 EST

    So you know Andriy Grivko (Ukraine) is tracking well in this second group, but he's just slightly behind the top three so we've not mentioned him yet. He's holding in there though.

  62. 14:38:32 EST

    Vladimir Gusev (Russian Federation) is quickest after one lap now, having knocked off José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios' (Spain) time with a 30:14 for the 22.8km.

  63. 14:40:22 EST

    Someone's just asked about Alberto Contador's news. I'm pretty sure he's not in this race (particularly now!) so we won't cover the topic here, you can read more here.

  64. 14:41:41 EST

    Mary has asked if I'm really in a blimp as she's not sure if I'm just pulling your collective legs. So we need some proof - I'll personally give $100 to the first person to take a photo of the Cyclingnews.com blimp flying over Geelong, just so I can show Mary.

  65. 14:42:45 EST

    Sylvain Chavanel (France) has slipped back to third position at the second time check. He's only 10 seconds off Bodnar's time at that point though.

  66. 14:45:52 EST

    I know you're all sick of me talking about Bodnar and those guys, so here's an update on Reginald Douglas (Saint Kitts and Nevis). He's actually set the slowest time at check point two so far, 6:40 minutes off the pace but he's just five seconds slower than teammate James Weekes at that point.

    Looks like we've got ourselves a showdown! Which SKN rider will be quickest today? Let me know who and why at cyclingnews@cyclingnews.com

  67. 14:46:49 EST

    Back up front Vladimir Gusev (Russian Federation) has set the second quickest time after lap one. He passed through the check point at six seconds behind Bodnar.

  68. 14:48:36 EST

    Meanwhile Jack Bauer - not the awesome hero from television show 24 but the awesome Kiwi cyclist - is hanging in there. He doesn't look to be blowing up as his margin to José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios' time at check point four is still 10 seconds.

    If a remember correctly the kid is a current New Zealand champion, and he's showing it with an impressive ride here today.

  69. 14:51:15 EST

    Gusev has just gone fastest at check point four with a 41:05 for the 29.4km. He's about 32 seconds quicker than third placed Bauer at that point, who someone has just reminded me wasn't supposed to contest this event but took Jeremy Vennel's place. That's right, when duty calls you can always count on Jack Bauer.

  70. 14:52:38 EST

    Our fast Frenchman has finished his first lap and posted the third quickest time, 14 seconds behind Bodnar.

  71. 14:54:36 EST

    Andriy Grivko (Ukraine) is still 'there-abouts'. He's finished the first lap in fifth place, just slightly behind José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios.

  72. 14:56:17 EST

    Would you believe it folks, our mate Reg from Saint Kitts and Nevis is fighting back and was second from last after one lap. He pulled out 15 seconds on Weekes' time over the third sector of his first lap!

  73. 14:57:16 EST

    Jack Bauer (New Zealand) has reached the 37.5 kilometre mark now, so it's a straight run to the finish from here. He's the quickest rider from group two at that point, 23 seconds behind the current leader.

  74. 14:58:40 EST

    Good answer from Paul: Reginald Douglas is my tip to finish first of the two SKN riders, because he has gone out slower to save his legs for lap two.

  75. 15:00:15 EST

    Maciej Bodnar (Poland) looks damn good out there, I must say. He and his Liquigas bike are like one.

    By the way - Liquigas is supposed to be making a big announcement today. Probably no bigger than the news we've already seen, but should be interesting. They had some ambush marketing at Interbike last week with 'Who? 30/9' as its slogan.

  76. 15:01:31 EST

    You probably knew this was coming but the racey Russian Gusev has posted the best time at check point five. His 51:01 for 37.5 kilometres is about 22 seconds quicker than the race leader.

  77. 15:02:29 EST

    Is it that time already? I can see the first rider from group three - Carlos Oyarzun (Chile) - in the gate. I guess we're keeping on, keeping on. I was planning on landing this thing to grab some lunch!

  78. 15:04:02 EST

    And sure enough, like the clockwork that is his riding, Maciej Bodnar (Poland) has taken number one after passing check point five. He's going to be the man in the hot seat after this group.

  79. 15:05:45 EST

    Okay, seriously, the battle between the SKN riders is actually very interesting. Reginald Douglas (Saint Kitts and Nevis) has lost time in the first sector of lap two, which means he's 10 seconds down on Weekes. It could be close here because while he was quicker over the final two sectors last time, he's got to be getting tired.

  80. 15:06:46 EST

    I won't call out the group three riders as they roll out (time's limited!) but I just saw Tejay Van Garderen (United States Of America) rolling out on to the course. He's been good to watch this year.

  81. 15:08:01 EST

    Jack Bauer - danger man, professional cyclist, great cook (maybe?) and all-round good guy - has just finished his second lap. He's 35 seconds off the leader's time and to be honest, that's a great effort by the youngster.

  82. 15:09:34 EST

    'ello Grivko! Andriy Grivko (Ukraine) has staged a comeback on his second lap. At check point five he's moved up to third place, 34 seconds behind Bodnar.

  83. 15:10:44 EST

    Likewise Dmitriy Fofonov (Kazakhstan) was quick over his final sector and actually posted a quicker time than Bauer.

  84. 15:11:37 EST

    Vladimir Gusev (Russian Federation) has moved in to the lead now with a 1:01:36.

    Do you think the top guys can crack one hour around here? Let me know cyclingnews@cyclingnews.com

  85. 15:13:15 EST

    Carlos Oyarzun (Chile) from the third group is stomping along - he's second quickest at the 6.6km mark. Just 2.8 seconds off of Bodnar's time.

  86. 15:15:39 EST

    Okay so this is how we look with most of the second group home:

    1Maciej Bodnar (Poland) 1:01:09
    2Vladimir Gusev (Russian Federation) 1:01:36
    3José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 1:01:51
    4Dmitriy Fofonov (Kazakhstan) 1:02:20
    5Jack Bauer (New Zealand) 1:02:26
    6David Mccann (Ireland) 1:03:01
    7Martin Velits (Slovakia) 1:03:09
    8Raivis Belohvosciks (Latvia) 1:03:24
    9Michael Morkov (Denmark) 1:03:33
    10Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 1:03:39
    11Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 1:03:42
    12Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 1:05:08
    13Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 1:05:33
    14Gordon Mccauley (New Zealand) 1:05:55
    15Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 1:07:11
    16James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 1:21:58
     

  87. 15:17:49 EST

    Grivko has crossed the line now with the third quickest time, about 40 seconds behind Bodnar.

  88. 15:19:21 EST

    Meanwhile back in group three Alex Rasmussen (Denmark) is looking quick, posting the second quickest time just two seconds behind Bodnar at the 6.6 kilometre mark. Rasmussen will have to watch out for that Tasmania effect that hurt his teammate. Sure, Princess Mary is a lovely lady, but this is race day fellas.

  89. 15:20:38 EST

    The last rider to leave the start gate in this group knows a bit about time trials: Michael Rogers (Australia). In fact, he's the only Aussie to have won a time trial medal in the elite men category - he's got three and they're all gold.

  90. 15:22:49 EST

    Sylvain Chavanel (France) has gone fifth fastest meaning we have all of the top riders from group two home.

  91. 15:24:19 EST

    We're just waiting for our mate Reg to finish from group two, but this is the standings for the other 20 riders:

    1Maciej Bodnar (Poland) 1:01:09
    2Vladimir Gusev (Russian Federation) 1:01:36
    3Andriy Grivko (Ukraine) 1:01:49
    4José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 1:01:51
    5Sylvain Chavanel (France) 1:02:09
    6Dmitriy Fofonov (Kazakhstan) 1:02:20
    7Jack Bauer (New Zealand) 1:02:26
    8David Mccann (Ireland) 1:03:01
    9Martin Velits (Slovakia) 1:03:09
    10Raivis Belohvosciks (Latvia) 1:03:24
    11Matias Medici (Argentina) 1:03:26
    12Michael Morkov (Denmark) 1:03:33
    13Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 1:03:39
    14Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 1:03:42
    15Jos Van Emden (Netherlands) 1:03:56
    16Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 1:05:08
    17Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 1:05:33
    18Gordon Mccauley (New Zealand) 1:05:55
    19Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 1:07:11
    20James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 1:21:58
     

  92. 15:28:22 EST

    Nicolas Vogondy (France) is third quickest at the 6.6km time check, within three seconds of Bodnar and Rasmussen. Further up the road at check point two Carlos Oyarzun (Chile) has slipped back to fifth position, but he's only 10 seconds off the quickest time.

  93. 15:29:52 EST

    Rogers is being chased up the first climb by about 10 Emo kids waving Aussie flags - getting away from them is good motivation to go faster!

  94. 15:31:42 EST

    Our mate Reg has done it - he's the fastest of the two SKN riders and currently holds 20th place.

    Well, I guess that's the end of our coverage today folks, it's been good and I guess it's time for lunch...Avalon Airport this is Cyclingnews 1, are we clear for landing Avalon?

  95. 15:32:46 EST

    Okay, I'll stick around for these other guys.

    We've got some quick riders in this group and as a result we have a new leader at km 6.6: Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain).

  96. 15:33:37 EST

    Sanchez is about three seconds quicker than Bodar's time at that point, while Rogers has crossed the same point in third place just five seconds down on Sanchez.

  97. 15:34:36 EST

    For our American friends out ther Tejay Van Garderen (United States Of America) is inside the top 10 after check point one. He's just under eight seconds behind.

  98. 15:36:14 EST

    For the record, this is how they stand at the moment:

    1Maciej Bodnar (Poland) 1:01:09
    2Vladimir Gusev (Russian Federation) 1:01:36
    3Andriy Grivko (Ukraine) 1:01:49
    4José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 1:01:51
    5Sylvain Chavanel (France) 1:02:09
    6Dmitriy Fofonov (Kazakhstan) 1:02:20
    7Jack Bauer (New Zealand) 1:02:26
    8David Mccann (Ireland) 1:03:01
    9Martin Velits (Slovakia) 1:03:09
    10Raivis Belohvosciks (Latvia) 1:03:24
    11Matias Medici (Argentina) 1:03:26
    12Michael Morkov (Denmark) 1:03:33
    13Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 1:03:39
    14Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 1:03:42
    15Jos Van Emden (Netherlands) 1:03:56
    16Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 1:05:08
    17Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 1:05:33
    18Gordon Mccauley (New Zealand) 1:05:55
    19Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 1:07:11
    20Reginald Douglas (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 1:21:00
    21James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 1:21:58
     

  99. 15:38:26 EST

    Interestingly Carlos Oyarzun (Chile) picked up the pace towards the end of his first lap and moved ahead of Alex Rasmussen (Denmark). They sit in third and fifth respectively after one lap, but are both within 20 seconds of Bodnar's time.
     

  100. 15:39:44 EST

    Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain) was slower through the second sector of his first lap and as a result was only second at the 14.7km mark. Only just though at 0.21 seconds behind Bodnar's time.

  101. 15:43:08 EST

    Just looked at my e-mail account, wow! There's a few of you about out there. Remember it's cyclingnews@cyclingnews.com if you've got something to tell me (predictions, childhood secrets, bank account details).

  102. 15:44:24 EST

    Can you say Aussie, Aussie, Aussie? Michael Rogers is quickest at check point two, 6.41 (that's right) seconds quicker than Bodnar!

    I'm just going to lower the blimp to get the Emo kids to chase him for longer on the next lap.

  103. 15:46:46 EST

    Kanstantin Siutsou (Belarus) just finished his first lap but he's way, way down - outside the top 20 riders.

  104. 15:47:43 EST

    Tejay Van Garderen (United States Of America) is rocking ninth place after his first lap, 32 seconds down on Bodar.

  105. 15:49:40 EST

    Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain) has just kicked out the fastest time for a lap, 2.50 seconds quicker than Bodnar. His time was 30:05 minutes for the 22.8km.

  106. 15:51:22 EST

    Michael Rogers (Australia) is powering out there! He's crossed the line after one lap an impressive 21 seconds up on Sanchez's time!

  107. 15:52:39 EST

    Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania) is making headway as the race goes on. He was down near 10th early in his run but has moved up to fifth, 33 seconds behind Rogers, after one lap.

  108. 15:55:51 EST

    Sorry if I get a bit Aussie on you all over the next 20 kilometres - even if we don't get a world champion out of this, we're at least going to get a show. Rogers is flying at the moment.

  109. 15:57:07 EST

    Carlos Oyarzun (Chile) is really strong in that first sector of the lap, where others haven't been as strong. He's moved to just 1.44 seconds behind Bodnar's time after reaching the 29.4km marker.

  110. 15:58:44 EST

    Alex Rasmussen (Denmark) seems to have been struck by the Tasmania effect to. Its wonder and beauty has dazzled the rider and he's back in eighth after his first lap.

  111. 16:00:15 EST

    Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain) isn't as strong over that first section I just mentioned. He's taken the lead at that point, but his margin over Bodnar's time dropped from 21 seconds to just 12 through that section.

  112. 16:00:59 EST

    Michael Rogers (Australia) has just passed the fourth time check too and he's 24 seconds up on Sanchez. Thanks Emo kids!

  113. 16:02:37 EST

    While an Aussie is in the lead I'd like to give a big shout out to the Australian defence members in East Timor as part of our peace keeping operations there. A few of you have e-mailed in today and it's great to hear from you.

  114. 16:03:53 EST

    Tejay Van Garderen (United States Of America) is still out there folks but it's not looking good. After check point four, 29.4km in, he's 15th and 1:37 minutes off of Rogers' pace.

  115. 16:05:40 EST

    Artem Ovechkin (Russian Federation) is the first rider from group three to finish, taking seventh place with his 1:02:16.

  116. 16:06:48 EST

    As one group starts to finish, our last group starts to start: Bert Grabsch (Germany) gets group four rolling away from the start.

  117. 16:08:29 EST

    Carlos Oyarzun (Chile) has finished with a solid time of 1:01:39, putting him in third overall at this point.
     

  118. 16:10:24 EST

    Two more riders are home Alex Rasmussen (Denmark) in sixth with his 1:01:54 while Tejay Van Garderen (United States Of America) is currently 11th after posting 1:02:50.

  119. 16:11:47 EST

    Rogers and Sanchez have both reached the fifth check point, so it's a run to the line for the pair. Rogers is still up by 23 seconds over second positioned Sanchez.

    Sing along: Com'on Aussie, com'on, com'on.

  120. 16:12:50 EST

    Here's the full standings at the moment, with half the third group still out on course:

    1Maciej Bodnar (Poland) 1:01:09
    2Vladimir Gusev (Russian Federation) 1:01:36
    3Carlos Oyarzun (Chile) 1:01:39
    4Andriy Grivko (Ukraine) 1:01:49
    5José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 1:01:51
    6Alex Rasmussen (Denmark) 1:01:54
    7Sylvain Chavanel (France) 1:02:09
    8Artem Ovechkin (Russian Federation) 1:02:16
    9Dmitriy Fofonov (Kazakhstan) 1:02:20
    10Jack Bauer (New Zealand) 1:02:26
    11Tejay Van Garderen (United States Of America) 1:02:50
    12David Mccann (Ireland) 1:03:01
    13Martin Velits (Slovakia) 1:03:09
    14Raivis Belohvosciks (Latvia) 1:03:24
    15Matias Medici (Argentina) 1:03:26
    16Michael Morkov (Denmark) 1:03:33
    17Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 1:03:39
    18Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 1:03:42
    19Jos Van Emden (Netherlands) 1:03:56
    20Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 1:05:08
    21Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 1:05:33
    22Gordon Mccauley (New Zealand) 1:05:55
    23Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 1:07:11
    24Reginald Douglas (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 1:21:00
    25James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 1:21:58
     

  121. 16:15:15 EST

    Nicolas Vogondy (France) is in a sprint down the finish straight. I only have a basic understanding of time trials, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't work that way?

    It's okay, he's on the tail of Dominique Cornu (Belgium), so has obviously pulled back nearly two minutes on the rider.

  122. 16:17:41 EST

    Sanchez and Rogers are in the final kilometres now - they will likely go one-two, but it's the margins that matter. Can Rogers set an unbeatable time?

  123. 16:18:32 EST

    Here he is: God. Okay, maybe not god, but Fabian Cancellara is in the start house as the last - and favoured - rider. And he looks, simply, quick.

  124. 16:22:28 EST

    Michael Rogers (Australia) has taken the lead - and marks the end of group three - with a time of 1:00:34. Just 10 more riders left as our focus turns completely to the fourth group.

    Here's the standings after three groups:

    1Michael Rogers (Australia) 1:00:34
    2Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain) 1:00:53
    3Maciej Bodnar (Poland) 1:01:09
    4Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania) 1:01:16
    5Vladimir Gusev (Russian Federation) 1:01:36
    6Carlos Oyarzun (Chile) 1:01:39
    7Nicolas Vogondy (France) 1:01:48
    8Andriy Grivko (Ukraine) 1:01:49
    9José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 1:01:51
    10Alex Rasmussen (Denmark) 1:01:54
    11Sylvain Chavanel (France) 1:02:09
    12Artem Ovechkin (Russian Federation) 1:02:16
    13Dmitriy Fofonov (Kazakhstan) 1:02:20
    14Jack Bauer (New Zealand) 1:02:26
    15Tejay Van Garderen (United States Of America) 1:02:50
    16David Mccann (Ireland) 1:03:01
    17Martin Velits (Slovakia) 1:03:09
    18Raivis Belohvosciks (Latvia) 1:03:24
    19Matias Medici (Argentina) 1:03:26
    20Kanstantin Siutsou (Belarus) 1:03:32
    21Michael Morkov (Denmark) 1:03:33
    22Peter Velits (Slovakia) 1:03:35
    23Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 1:03:39
    24Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 1:03:42
    25Dominique Cornu (Belgium) 1:03:45
    26Jos Van Emden (Netherlands) 1:03:56
    27Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 1:05:08
    28Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 1:05:33
    29Gordon Mccauley (New Zealand) 1:05:55
    30Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 1:07:11
    31Reginald Douglas (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 1:21:00
    32James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 1:21:58
     

  125. 16:26:45 EST

    It’s getting exciting here folks. The sun will set at 1823 tonight in Geelong and I am wearing black socks, but none of this matters because the only thing that matters is the time of these last 10 riders.

  126. 16:27:14 EST

    The second group is - frankly - much faster so far.

  127. 16:28:20 EST

    Koos Moerenhout (Netherlands), David Millar (Great Britain), Tony Martin (Germany) and Richie Porte (Australia) are all faster at check point one.

  128. 16:29:10 EST

    Koos Moerenhout (Netherlands) has the best time at check point one, five seconds ahead of David Zabriskie (United States Of America) and Rogers' time is slightly behind.
     

  129. 16:30:03 EST

    DZ interestingly picked up about 22 seconds in the second sector.

  130. 16:32:14 EST

    David Millar (Great Britain) has taken the top time at check point two, 14.7km in. He's a massive 30 seconds quicker than the Dutch rider in second, while DZ is a further six seconds behind.

  131. 16:34:03 EST

    Koos Moerenhout (Netherlands) has dropped behind Rogers' time at the end of the first lap. He's 3.7 seconds slower than Rogers after 22.8km.

  132. 16:36:22 EST

    David Zabriskie (United States Of America) too has failed to go quicker than Rogers at the halfway mark. He's eight seconds off Rogers' pace in third place.

  133. 16:37:20 EST

    Compared to yesterday's races there's a huge amount of people out cheering the riders on.

  134. 16:38:32 EST

    Tony Martin's chances have just been dashed! The German has had to stop for a wheel change!

  135. 16:40:00 EST

    David Millar (Great Britain) is riding hard out there. At half way he's clearly in first place. His time is a massive 41 seconds up on that of Rogers.

  136. 16:41:17 EST

    Richie Porte (Australia) is riding well - he was in fourth place at check point two, 15 seconds down. But Martin has had his issue since then.

  137. 16:41:58 EST

    The British rider has caught Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia) out on the course - could we be looking at two British time trial champions from as many days?

  138. 16:43:30 EST

    We've got a race on our hands: Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) was 0.81 seconds up on David Millar's time at check point two.

  139. 16:45:12 EST

    According to the GPS times at this point it's Millar's race to lose. In reality it's a very close battle.

  140. 16:45:54 EST

    Richie Porte (Australia) is second fastest at the mid-race mark. He's about 19 seconds slower than Millar.

  141. 16:47:50 EST

    Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) has set the quickest time at 22.8 kilometres. He's about 11 seconds quicker than the British rider.

    Sure, it's no SKN battle, but we've got something to be excited about!

  142. 16:49:13 EST

    None of the riders through check point four so far - Bert Grabsch (Germany), Koos Moerenhout (Netherlands) and David Zabriskie (United States Of America) - have gone quicker than Rogers.

  143. 16:50:06 EST

    ...but then David Millar (Great Britain) comes through. He's fractionally less than one minute quicker. Millar and Cancellara are in a class of their own.

  144. 16:51:18 EST

    Richie Porte (Australia) might not be in the race for gold at this point, but he's going for Australia's first bronze medal. He's about 28 seconds off Cancellara's time mid-race, but about 20 seconds quicker than Rogers.

  145. 16:53:13 EST

    There's only about five seconds between our top two riders here at the moment. Odds are obviously on Cancellara, but it's close.

  146. 16:54:09 EST

    It's a shame, Rogers or Porte would have been just the third rider to win gold on home soil behind Alex Zülle (SUI, 1996) and Fabian Cancellara (SUI, 2009).

  147. 16:55:16 EST

    Millar has knocked off Rogers' time at check point four, but the impressive part is that Martin has gone faster than the Australian too! Even with a tyre change, the German is still flying around this course.

  148. 16:56:59 EST

    Richie Porte (Australia) has crossed the fourth check point now, ahead of Martin but about 24 seconds down on Millar. Martin is just five seconds behind Porte now and could be a danger to that medal position.

  149. 16:59:11 EST

    Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) is riding like a man possessed. At check point four he’s not just in the lead, he’s 24 seconds quicker than Millar!

    It must be all that delicious Swiss cheese!

  150. 16:59:33 EST

    Oh no, he's nearly thrown it away!

  151. 17:00:15 EST

    Swiss master Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) nearly came unstuck on the tricky approach to a temporary bridge created for the event, but just managed to stay upright.

  152. 17:01:17 EST

    David Millar (Great Britain) is quickest at check point five.

  153. 17:02:47 EST

    Bert Grabsch is the first rider from the last group to finish, landing fourth place so far. That will change however.

    1Michael Rogers (Australia) 1:00:34
    2Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain) 1:00:53
    3Maciej Bodnar (Poland) 1:01:09
    4Bert Grabsch (Germany) 1:01:15
    5Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania) 1:01:16
    6Vladimir Gusev (Russian Federation) 1:01:36
    7Carlos Oyarzun (Chile) 1:01:39
    8Nicolas Vogondy (France) 1:01:48
    9Andriy Grivko (Ukraine) 1:01:49
    10José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 1:01:51
    11Alex Rasmussen (Denmark) 1:01:54
    12Sylvain Chavanel (France) 1:02:09
    13Artem Ovechkin (Russian Federation) 1:02:16
    14Dmitriy Fofonov (Kazakhstan) 1:02:20
    15Jack Bauer (New Zealand) 1:02:26
    16Tejay Van Garderen (United States Of America) 1:02:50
    17David Mccann (Ireland) 1:03:01
    18Martin Velits (Slovakia) 1:03:09
    19Raivis Belohvosciks (Latvia) 1:03:24
    20Matias Medici (Argentina) 1:03:26
    21Kanstantin Siutsou (Belarus) 1:03:32
    22Michael Morkov (Denmark) 1:03:33
    23Peter Velits (Slovakia) 1:03:35
    24Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 1:03:39
    25Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 1:03:42
    26Dominique Cornu (Belgium) 1:03:45
    27Jos Van Emden (Netherlands) 1:03:56
    28Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 1:05:08
    29Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 1:05:33
    30Gordon Mccauley (New Zealand) 1:05:55
    31Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 1:07:11
    32Reginald Douglas (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 1:21:00
    33James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 1:21:58
     

  154. 17:03:41 EST

    Koos Moerenhout (Netherlands) has finished and moved into second place with his 1:00:49.

  155. 17:05:35 EST

    Tony Martin hasn't closed the gap to Millar at the fifth check point - if Porte has kept his level then he could hold on to this medal position.

  156. 17:06:31 EST

    Porte is getting a massive cheer as he rolls along the second last straight. Just the finish climb to go for the Tasmanian.

  157. 17:07:55 EST

    Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) is 44 seconds up on Millar at check point five - straight to the finish now. Richie Porte (Australia) is narrowly - like one second type narrow - in front of Martin with one sector to go. It doesn't look good.
     

  158. 17:10:15 EST

    Millar has finished and taken the lead - it's all down to Cancellara now.

    Here is the current standings:

    1David Millar (Great Britain) 0:59:11
    2Michael Rogers (Australia) 1:00:34
    3Koos Moerenhout (Netherlands) 1:00:49
    4Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain) 1:00:53
    5David Zabriskie (United States Of America) 1:01:00
    6Maciej Bodnar (Poland) 1:01:09
    7Bert Grabsch (Germany) 1:01:15
    8Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania) 1:01:16
    9Vladimir Gusev (Russian Federation) 1:01:36
    10Carlos Oyarzun (Chile) 1:01:39
    11Nicolas Vogondy (France) 1:01:48
    12Andriy Grivko (Ukraine) 1:01:49
    13José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 1:01:51
    14Alex Rasmussen (Denmark) 1:01:54
    15Sylvain Chavanel (France) 1:02:09
    16Artem Ovechkin (Russian Federation) 1:02:16
    17Dmitriy Fofonov (Kazakhstan) 1:02:20
    18Jack Bauer (New Zealand) 1:02:26
    19Tejay Van Garderen (United States Of America) 1:02:50
    20David Mccann (Ireland) 1:03:01
    21Svein Tuft (Canada) 1:03:04
    22Martin Velits (Slovakia) 1:03:09
    23Raivis Belohvosciks (Latvia) 1:03:24
    24Matias Medici (Argentina) 1:03:26
    25Kanstantin Siutsou (Belarus) 1:03:32
    26Michael Morkov (Denmark) 1:03:33
    27Peter Velits (Slovakia) 1:03:35
    28Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 1:03:39
    29Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 1:03:42
    30Dominique Cornu (Belgium) 1:03:45
    31Jos Van Emden (Netherlands) 1:03:56
    32Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 1:05:08
    33Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 1:05:33
    34Gordon Mccauley (New Zealand) 1:05:55
    35Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 1:07:11
    36Reginald Douglas (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 1:21:00
    37James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 1:21:58
     

  159. 17:12:08 EST

    The final riders are in the last sector now. It looks like the gold will go to Cancellara, silver to Millar but the bronze is still on the line and anything can happen yet.

  160. 17:13:12 EST

    We're inside the last three kilometres for these riders. It's been a wonderful race so far.

  161. 17:14:22 EST

    Martin has crossed the line just 10 seconds slower than Millar: that's probably a bronze medal despite a tyre change.

  162. 17:15:27 EST

    Porte's in the last few hundred metres.

  163. 17:15:53 EST

    He's missed out on bronze by about six seconds, so it will be fourth for Porte.

  164. 17:16:29 EST

    Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) knows he's done it as he rides up the home straight.

  165. 17:16:58 EST

    Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) crosses the line with four fingers in the air. He's won a fourth title.

  166. 17:18:23 EST

    So here are the final results:

    1Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) 0:58:09
    2David Millar (Great Britain) 0:59:11
    3Tony Martin (Germany) 0:59:21
    4Richie Porte (Australia) 0:59:28
    5Michael Rogers (Australia) 1:00:34
    6Koos Moerenhout (Netherlands) 1:00:49
    7Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain) 1:00:53
    8David Zabriskie (United States Of America) 1:01:00
    9Maciej Bodnar (Poland) 1:01:09
    10Gustav Larsson (Sweden) 1:01:10
    11Bert Grabsch (Germany) 1:01:15
    12Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania) 1:01:16
    13Vladimir Gusev (Russian Federation) 1:01:36
    14Carlos Oyarzun (Chile) 1:01:39
    15Nicolas Vogondy (France) 1:01:48
    16Andriy Grivko (Ukraine) 1:01:49
    17José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 1:01:51
    18Alex Rasmussen (Denmark) 1:01:54
    19Sylvain Chavanel (France) 1:02:09
    20Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia) 1:02:13
    21Artem Ovechkin (Russian Federation) 1:02:16
    22Dmitriy Fofonov (Kazakhstan) 1:02:20
    23Jack Bauer (New Zealand) 1:02:26
    24Tejay Van Garderen (United States Of America) 1:02:50
    25David Mccann (Ireland) 1:03:01
    26Svein Tuft (Canada) 1:03:04
    27Martin Velits (Slovakia) 1:03:09
    28Raivis Belohvosciks (Latvia) 1:03:24
    29Matias Medici (Argentina) 1:03:26
    30Kanstantin Siutsou (Belarus) 1:03:32
    31Michael Morkov (Denmark) 1:03:33
    32Peter Velits (Slovakia) 1:03:35
    33Tanel Kangert (Estonia) 1:03:39
    34Andrey Zeits (Kazakhstan) 1:03:42
    35Dominique Cornu (Belgium) 1:03:45
    36Jos Van Emden (Netherlands) 1:03:56
    37Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 1:05:08
    38Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland) 1:05:33
    39Gordon Mccauley (New Zealand) 1:05:55
    40Esad Hasanovic (Serbia) 1:07:11
    41Reginald Douglas (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 1:21:00
    42James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 1:21:58
     

  167. 17:21:22 EST

    Thanks for joining me today folks - I hope you all had some fun along the way as we shared an amazing race. Don't forget to come back tomorrow for the Under 23 men's road race. Until then, happy cycling.