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UCI Road World Championships 2010

Date range:
September 29 - October 3, 2010

September 29, Under 23 Men: Geelong - Geelong 31.8km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Greg Johnson

Welcome to Australia for the 2010 UCI Road World Championships, held in Geelong, Victoria. This year's title race kicks off with the Under 23 men's time trial.

  1. 10:03:06 EST

    Frayre Moctezuma Eder (Mexico) is the first rider away in this year's race. The Mexican has set out in light rain conditions as the first rider in the first of three groups.

  2. 10:05:26 EST

    Arthur Van Overberghe is the second rider away in the colours of Belgium.

  3. 10:06:48 EST

    Jimmi Sorensen (Denmark) and Michael Vink (New Zealand) too have left the start ramp. These first four are part of an initial group of 11 riders that will tackle the 31.8km course.

  4. 10:08:52 EST

    Eder is facing mixed conditions as he travels along the course. The sun has come out, but there's still wet patches all over the course and more cloud threatening to drop more rain.

  5. 10:09:41 EST

    Nikita Novikov (Russian Federation) is the fifth rider to make his way out of the start gate as Eder hits the first climb.

  6. 10:11:39 EST

    One of the favourites for this morning’s race, American Taylor Phinney, highlighted that the weather will have a big impact on today’s outcome: “The weather could be a big factor. Just riding yesterday, one minute it was clear, the next it was pouring rain and then it was clear again.

    “There are a couple of chicanes at the base of the second climb that don’t make sense to me but if that’s wet and you come off a bad down hill then you could lose a lot of time through crashing or taking it too slow. We’re all crossing our fingers for good conditions but you can never control the weather.”

  7. 10:13:15 EST

    Hugo Houle (Canada) is away as Luke Durbridge (Australia) gets ready for his race. Durbridge is another rider expected to be in the running for today's medals, however if the roads continue to dry for the later runners it could prove to make a big difference.

  8. 10:15:48 EST

    Matteo Mammini is the first Italian down the start ramp as Van Overberghe reaches his first climb.

  9. 10:17:45 EST

    Silvan Dillier (Switzerland) has powered away from the start house as we see the New Zealand rider also reach the first climb. We’re nearing the end of the first group of riders and should soon start to see some intermediate times coming through.

  10. 10:19:50 EST

    Daniil Fominykh (Kazakhstan) is away, leaving just Fábio Silvestre (Portugal) to start as the last rider in this first of four groups. There's a 30-32 minute gap between the groups in this morning's event.

  11. 10:22:00 EST

    Van Overberghe is our fastest rider at the first time check with a time of 10:06 for the first 6.6 kilometres.

  12. 10:22:39 EST

    Durbridge has shown his form at the same time check, lowering the best time by over 30 seconds with a 9:33.

  13. 10:24:27 EST

    Eder is making his way up the finish straight at the end of his first lap. The Belgian rider has closed in on the Mexican 15.8 kilometres into the event, sitting about 200 metres behind.

  14. 10:27:43 EST

    At the 15.8 kilometre mark Van Overberghe is the quickest with a time of 22:05. Denmark's Sorensen is second, five seconds behind.

  15. 10:29:16 EST

    Van Overberghe Has caught and passed the Mexican rider and looks comfortable a few kilometres into his second lap. Riders believe pacing will be the important part on today’s course, with the potential to lose a lot of time on the climb the second time around if they go out too hard on the first lap.

  16. 10:30:43 EST

    Novikov has crossed the line at 15.8 kilometres with the best time. His 21:58 is seven seconds quicker than that of the Belgian rider.

  17. 10:32:00 EST

    Showing how crazy the weather is at the moment, Durbridge is powering along the waterfront side of the course at the moment in sunshine while the early riders are over the back riding in overcast, light rain conditions.

  18. 10:32:43 EST

    Durbridge has made the turn up towards the start/finish line, we should soon have his time but he'll first catch the Canadian rider.

  19. 10:33:40 EST

    As expected Durbridge has lowered the bar with a 20:49 - eight seconds quicker than the Russian rider.

  20. 10:36:00 EST

    Today’s race will see trade teammates Taylor Phinney and Alex Dowsett go head-to head. The British rider told Cyclingnews that they both have different strengths on the Australian course. “I’ve got about an eight kilogram advantage over Phinney, and he probably has about 20watts, so we shall see.”

  21. 10:38:35 EST

    Durbridge is the fastest rider on the course at this point, with Italy's Mammini about 40 seconds behind on live time while Russia's Novikov is sitting in third place about 1:25 minutes down.

  22. 10:39:51 EST

    The section where Durbridge was minutes ago riding alone in sunshine is now under rainfall, as Swiss rider Dillier makes his way to the end of his first lap. These conditions could see an unexpected winner today, depending on what happens over the coming hours.

  23. 10:42:24 EST

    The sun is literally following Durbridge around this course as a GPS time comparison shows he's pulled out another eight seconds on the Italian rider. Can Australia secure back-to-back time trial world titles?

  24. 10:45:30 EST

    Durbridge has crossed the third time check at 22.4 kilometres with the fastest time to date, in 31:38 minutes. The Belgian is the second fastest to have crossed it but we're still waiting on the Italian rider, who is likely to bump Van Overberghe down to third quickest.

  25. 10:49:38 EST

    Eder has crossed the finish line for the final time of 48:19.04. Van Overberghe slipped through without us seeing him nearly three minutes quicker and is currently the race leader with a time of 45:03.81.

  26. 10:55:28 EST

    Our second group has started with Siarhei Papok (Belarus) and Andrew Talansky (United States Of America) both setting out on the course.

  27. 10:56:59 EST

    Durbridge has taken the race lead with a time of 42:52.19. The Australian rider looked very pleased with his efforts as he crossed the line.

  28. 10:58:28 EST

    Durbridge has the lead from Belgium's Van Overberghe, but the Italian rider is likely to move into second position once he finishes his race according to our numbers.

  29. 11:00:20 EST

    As we expected Italy's Mammini has moved into second place after crossing the line. He managed to limit the damage to 48 seconds - the same gap Durbridge had on him halfway through the second lap.

  30. 11:01:43 EST

    Five riders from the second group are now away. There's 10 riders in this group and Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) was the latest down the ramp.

  31. 11:02:57 EST

    Javier Eduardo Gomez Pineda (Colombia) and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Belgium) from the second group are now away too, leaving just three more riders including Aussie hope Rohan Dennis.

  32. 11:04:58 EST

    Talansky should be one of the quicker riders in the second group. He's the current Under 23 national champion in the United States of America and has been picked up by the Garmin-Cervelo squad for next season.

  33. 11:07:01 EST

    As Dennis leaves the start ramp Diller has crossed the finish line way down. The rider lost more than six minutes after crashing on the second lap - looks like he could be the first to have been caught out by the tricky wet roads.

  34. 11:10:19 EST

    Jakub Novak (Czech Republic) is away, meaning we've got 32 minutes to focus on this second group of riders.

  35. 11:12:31 EST

    Belgian Guillaume Van Keirsbulck has reached the first of the climbs, meaning we should start to see some times from the second group at the 6.6 kilometre mark very soon.

  36. 11:13:42 EST

    Johan Le Bon (France) is the quickest at the first time check so far, but he's more than 30 seconds down on Durbridge's time at the same point.

  37. 11:15:07 EST

    Talansky has crossed the start finish line to commence his second lap. His time at that 15.6 kilometre mark puts him in fourth place, about 1:12 minutes down on Durbridge.

  38. 11:16:37 EST

    While the weather certainly hasn't made up its mind yet, the course has been much more dry for this second group than the first. So far we're yet to see a rider riding in the rain, while most of the tarmac has dried.

  39. 11:17:45 EST

    Dennis has crossed the 6.6 kilometre mark with the third quickest time, 27 seconds slower than his fellow Australian and race leader Durbridge.

  40. 11:19:50 EST

    Dennis, who will ride at the Commonwealth Games after the world championships, looked relaxed when he spoke to Cyclingnews yesterday. "It's going to be a tough course - it's going to be all about pacing - everything's pacing for the first lap," Dennis told Cyclingnews. "Obviously you've got to go hard, just not go into the red zone.

    "The second lap's where you're going to have to make up a lot of time and if you go out too hard you could lose between one and two minutes over the second lap."

  41. 11:22:32 EST

    France's Le Bon is the quickest from the second group at the end of lap one, so far. His time puts him in third at that point, but still slightly over a minute slower than Durbridge.

  42. 11:29:23 EST

    At the 22.4 kilometre check point Talansky is the quickest rider out of this second group so far, but he's 1:52 minutes down on Durbridge's time in sixth. It's not looking good for the USA champion.

  43. 11:31:25 EST

    As Jakub Novak (Czech Republic), the last rider from group two, starts his second lap we're starting to see images of the first rider from group three, David Boily (Canada), warming up for his run.

  44. 11:34:43 EST

    Le Bon looks to be the best of the second group at this point. He's tracking well in third place at km 22.4, 1:18 minutes down on Durbridge's time. Durbridge is enjoying a chat with the Italian and Belgian riders waiting at the finish line - both of which seem to be colder than Durbridge.

  45. 11:39:05 EST

    Talansky has crossed the line for the final time, moving in to fifth place after fighting back over the final lap.

  46. 11:40:27 EST

    Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania) is about to cross the finish line - the third rider from the second group to do so. He's just managed to sneak into the current top 10, taking ninth place.

  47. 11:41:49 EST

    France's Le Bon has continued his strong run all the way to the finish line, where he's moved into third place. Le Bon was 1:37 minutes slower than Durbridge over the course.

  48. 11:43:53 EST

    Martijn Keizer (Netherlands) - the second rider from group three - has rolled onto the course. All eyes in this group will likely be on Taylor Phinney, who is the final rider of the 10 in this group to leave the start house.

  49. 11:46:52 EST

    Javier Eduardo Gomez Pineda (Colombia) has had a strong final sector to move into seventh place. At the third sector he was sitting back down in 10th place.

  50. 11:54:44 EST

    The host nation has put itself in a strong spot, with Dennis moving into second place behind Durbridge. Denis had an up and down run, but it obviously came together over the final sector.

  51. 11:57:40 EST

    We're all the way through the second group now, meaning our attention can be focused on group three alone for a little while. Canada's Boily, the first out of this group, was way down the order after the first time check at kilometre 6.6, down in 21st place.

  52. 11:58:26 EST

    Phinney is lined up in the gate, as the sun has really come out now and the cloud is clearing.

  53. 11:59:40 EST

    Phinney is away - the last rider from group three. It will be interesting to see in 6.6 kilometres time where he stands against Durbridge. The riders had very different conditions for their rides, so we can't help but wonder how big a factor that will be.

  54. 12:03:12 EST

    One of Phinney's main rivals - Alex Dowsett - told Cyclingnews how he'd approach today's race: "Strategy: Flat out the whole way to be honest, maybe not go too deep up the first rise but otherwise its too short to gain or lose much

    "I mean the race ends at the top of the last climb on the second lap," he added.

  55. 12:05:44 EST

    Both David Boily (Canada) and Martijn Keizer (Netherlands) - the first two riders from this third group - are not matching the pace of the riders from the first two groups. Both are outside of the top 10 after 15.6 kilometres as they start their second lap of the course.

  56. 12:08:17 EST

    Rasmus Christian Quaade (Denmark) has just crossed the 6.6 kilometre time check in third place. He's doing very well!

  57. 12:10:06 EST

    Oh no, it looks like the Dane has run off into the barriers. On a slightly damp corner it seems Christian Quaade hasn't managed to make it around, resulting in a low-impact nudge of the barrier and a frustrated bike throw by the rider.

  58. 12:12:04 EST

    Phinney has crossed the 6.6km mark now and the news is good...if you're an Aussie! The USA rider is down in sixth, 32 seconds behind the time of Durbridge at that point. He's only five seconds off the time of Dennis at the same point, which means there's still a long way - including the main climb - to go.

  59. 12:15:26 EST

    Boily has found his groove, picking up some places by the third time check. He's sitting about 14th with around nine kilometres remaining.

  60. 12:17:04 EST

    Andrei Krasilnikau (Belarus) is having a good running, posting the fourth fastest time at kilometre 15.8. Lets see if he can pick up some time - and a spot or two - on his second lap.

  61. 12:21:17 EST

    Clearly it's the last sector where Phinney is in form on this course. He's just completed his first lap and at 15.8 kilometres he's in second place. He's just 17 seconds slower than Durbridge at that point and five quicker than Dennis. Providing he hasn't gone out too hard, too soon, Phinney's about to show why he was a pre-race favourite.

  62. 12:24:47 EST

    Gianluca Leonardi (Italy) is another riding well from this third group of cyclists. He's in sixth place after check point three at 22.4 kilometres.

  63. 12:27:09 EST

    Boily held his place in the low teens over his last lap to finish with the 13th quickest time thus far. He's the first rider to finish from group three and the fourth - and final - group is just eight minutes away from starting.

  64. 12:29:15 EST

    Phinney shouldn't be far away from check point three now, which should start to give us an indication of how much danger Durbridge's lead is in.

  65. 12:31:09 EST

    Phinney is just 4.8 seconds down on Durbridge at the 22.4 kilometre mark, meaning he's made up just over 15 seconds. The USA rider was much stronger over the closing section of the course on his first lap, so if he's able to replicate that we could well have a new race leader!

  66. 12:32:52 EST

    This is how things look after the third time check, with three quarters of the field done:

    1 Luke Durbridge (Australia) 0:31:38.10
    2 Taylor Phinney (United States Of America) 0:31:42.90
    3 Matteo Mammini (Italy) 0:32:16.46
    4 Rohan Dennis (Australia) 0:32:26.07
    5 Andrei Krasilnikau (Belarus) 0:32:39.34
    6 Johan Le Bon (France) 0:32:57.08
    7 Jakub Novak (Czech Republic) 0:33:02.09
    8 Gianluca Leonardi (Italy) 0:33:04.92
    9 Arthur Van Overberghe (Belgium) 0:33:08.81
    10 Nikita Novikov (Russian Federation) 0:33:26.41

  67. 12:34:05 EST

    Phinney is doing it, he's chewing into Durbridge's lead. So far he's pulled out eight unofficial seconds.

  68. 12:34:58 EST

    So far we have three riders out on course from the final group: King Lok Cheung (Hong Kong, China), Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spain) and Geoffrey Soupe (France).

  69. 12:36:02 EST

    Gianluca Leonardi (Italy) has crossed the finish line with the sixth fastest time - the rider not looking overly happy with his efforts.

  70. 12:38:10 EST

    Sebastian Balck (Sweden) has finished his race now, posting the 13th quickest time at that point.

  71. 12:38:50 EST

    Marcel Kittel (Germany) has just left the start ramp as one of the fourth group's riders. He's expected to be one of the strong riders on this course.

  72. 12:39:43 EST

    Andrei Krasilnikau (Belarus) has posted the fourth fastest time overall as Phinney powers down towards the final corner.

  73. 12:40:19 EST

    Durbridge looks a little nervous as he watches Phinney climb up the final straight.

  74. 12:41:31 EST

    It was closer than expected, but Phinney has taken the leader's hot seat. His time was just 1.90 seconds quicker than that of the Australian.

  75. 12:42:32 EST

    With no more Australian riders left in the field, it looks like the host country won't be going back-to-back in the Under 23 individual time trial world title.

  76. 12:44:47 EST

    So Phinney's in the lead and now that we're down to our last group, we can go into a little more detail on times as these final 10 riders make their way around the course. Here's how it stands at each check point and overall:

    Split 1 - 6.6km

    1 Luke Durbridge (Australia) 0:09:33.32
    2 Matteo Mammini (Italy) 0:09:45.74
    3 Rasmus Christian Quaade (Denmark) 0:09:49.10
    4 Rohan Dennis (Australia) 0:10:00.62
    5 Andrei Krasilnikau (Belarus) 0:10:05.05
    6 Taylor Phinney (United States Of America) 0:10:05.61
    7 Arthur Van Overberghe (Belgium) 0:10:06.85
    8 Johan Le Bon (France) 0:10:07.90
    9 Gianluca Leonardi (Italy) 0:10:10.05
    10 Jimmi Sorensen (Denmark) 0:10:13.56

    Split 2 - 15.8km

    1 Luke Durbridge (Australia) 0:20:49.57
    2 Taylor Phinney (United States Of America) 0:21:06.61
    3 Rohan Dennis (Australia) 0:21:11.70
    4 Matteo Mammini (Italy) 0:21:26.88
    5 Andrei Krasilnikau (Belarus) 0:21:42.43
    6 Gianluca Leonardi (Italy) 0:21:50.08
    7 Jakub Novak (Czech Republic) 0:21:51.43
    8 Johan Le Bon (France) 0:21:51.75
    9 Nikita Novikov (Russian Federation) 0:21:58.38
    10 Andrew Talansky (United States Of America) 0:22:01.66

    Split 3 - 22.4km

    1 Luke Durbridge (Australia) 0:31:38.10
    2 Taylor Phinney (United States Of America) 0:31:42.90
    3 Matteo Mammini (Italy) 0:32:16.46
    4 Rohan Dennis (Australia) 0:32:26.07
    5 Andrei Krasilnikau (Belarus) 0:32:39.34
    6 Johan Le Bon (France) 0:32:57.08
    7 Jakub Novak (Czech Republic) 0:33:02.09
    8 Gianluca Leonardi (Italy) 0:33:04.92
    9 Arthur Van Overberghe (Belgium) 0:33:08.81
    10 Nikita Novikov (Russian Federation) 0:33:26.41

    Finish - 31.6km

    1 Taylor Phinney (United States Of America) 0:42:50.29
    2 Luke Durbridge (Australia) 0:42:52.19
    3 Rohan Dennis (Australia) 0:43:37.16
    4 Matteo Mammini (Italy) 0:43:40.17
    5 Andrei Krasilnikau (Belarus) 0:44:25.91
    6 Johan Le Bon (France) 0:44:29.91
    7 Jakub Novak (Czech Republic) 0:44:42.00
    8 Gianluca Leonardi (Italy) 0:44:54.62
    9 Arthur Van Overberghe (Belgium) 0:45:03.81
    10 Jimmi Sorensen (Denmark) 0:45:10.05

  77. 12:46:29 EST

    Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spain) has snuck into the top 10 at the first check point - 6.6 kilometres into his run.

  78. 12:47:24 EST

    Geoffrey Soupe (France) has also moved into the top times, with the Frenchman claiming seventh after the first time check.

  79. 12:48:20 EST

    Nélson Oliveira (Portugal) - the last of today's riders - has set out onto the course.

  80. 12:50:27 EST

    Dowsett expects the Portuguese rider to be one of the quickest on today's course: "Theres a lot of good names there - to be honest I reckon Nelson Oliviera, he climbs really well.

    "I got the better of him at Euros, but that was a time triallists course. This is very different."

  81. 12:53:23 EST

    King Lok Cheung (Hong Kong, China) is the first rider to cross the start/finish line and start his final lap but he's way down on time, outside the top 20.

  82. 12:56:19 EST

    Ben King is out seeing if he can better teammate Taylor Phinney's time at the moment. He spoke to Cyclingnews before the race: "Still feeling a little upside down and inside out with the jet lag, early spring weather, driving on the left, but theTT is a good way to hit the reset button.

    "I haven't put any focus on my time trialing this year but qualified for a third USA spot via Pan-Am early in the year"

  83. 12:58:02 EST

    Alex Dowsett has crossed the first check point marginally faster than Taylor Phinney did. Less than six tenths of a second seperate the two. Looks like we're going to see a close battle of weight Vs. watts, as Dowsett expected!

  84. 13:00:07 EST

    Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin has also had a strong start to his first lap, landing the fifth quickest time at check point one - 6.6 km into the race.

  85. 13:06:01 EST

    Oliveira is quick! He was fourth after the first check point at 6.6 kilometres. He's still 21 seconds down on Durbridge at that point, but he's ahead of Phinney considerably. So it will all depend on whether he's come out too hard or can maintain this pace to the finish line.

  86. 13:07:38 EST

    Oh no: Dowsett's hopes have suffered a big hit. It seems he has roled a tyre from his rear wheel while cornering.

  87. 13:08:15 EST

    Dowsett went to remove the rear wheel but a British Cycling mechanic was quickly there with a spare bike.

  88. 13:09:07 EST

    The timing couldn't have been worse for Dowsett - it occured on the final turn at the base of the climb up to the finish line. He crossed the line about 1:19 minutes down on the quickest time at the 15.8 kilometre mark.

  89. 13:11:39 EST

    No such problem for Dowsett's main rival Oliveira, who crossed the line with the fourth fastest time at mid-race mark.

    Oliveira's crossing of the line means all riders are now on their final lap, so we're within about 15 kilometres of a final podium for this year's race.

  90. 13:13:11 EST

    Marcel Kittel (Germany) is making his way around the course in a good time. He was just slower than the Portuguese rider at half distance.

  91. 13:15:30 EST

    Kittel is charging over the last half of the final lap. By timing point three he'd moved up to third place. There's still some margin between his and the times of both Phinney and Durbridge, but he could still get there.

  92. 13:17:02 EST

    Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spain) has finished his race with the fifth quickest time so far. That drops Andrei Krasilnikau (Belarus) back to sixth place.

  93. 13:21:28 EST

    Dowsett's day just went from bad to worse, as he was overtaken by the man he hoped to beat today.

  94. 13:23:01 EST

    Kittel has crossed the line with the third fastest time so far. A clearly exhausted Kittel is currently in a podium position, but there's still a few quick riders out on course.

  95. 13:24:37 EST

    Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) has just crossed the line for the final time in fifth place. The Dutch rider doesn't look too pleased with it, either.

  96. 13:26:21 EST

    Oliveira is still yet to finish, but he needs to make up more than 20 seconds over the final sector if he's to take out today's title. Phinney and Durbridge's positions are looking safer.

  97. 13:27:26 EST

    Evgeny Kovalev (Russian Federation) has rounded the final corner, but he's tracking for a position well outside of the top 15 it seems.

  98. 13:29:41 EST

    With Ben King down the order and Dowsett's setback, the podium is nearly set. Phinney and Durbridge will medal - the remaining question is Nélson Oliveira (Portugal).

  99. 13:30:25 EST

    Nélson Oliveira (Portugal) is powering down the final straight towards the last corner. He'll turn right there and climb towards the finish line.

  100. 13:31:05 EST

    Nélson Oliveira (Portugal) is spending every last bit of energy he has, but Phinney's win looks assured.

  101. 13:31:42 EST

    Nélson Oliveira (Portugal) has dropped time over the final sector, moving back into fourth place.

  102. 13:32:43 EST

    That means Phinney is our winner from Durbridge and Kittel!

  103. 13:33:47 EST

    Dowsett has rolled across the finish line as the last rider, clearly disappointed with how his race turned out.

  104. 13:36:22 EST

    The final top 15 from the Under 23 men's time trial is listed below. Be sure to come back later this afternoon when the elite women's field will take on the same course.