Nimke claims gold for Germany

Mulder fades to silver, Pervis ekes out bronze

German Stefan Nimke claimed his team's sole title of the championships with an upset victory of the defending world champion Teun Mulder of the Netherlands in the men's kilometre time trial. It was the third world title in the event for the 33-year-old German, who won in 2003 and 2009. Francois Pervis added to his country's medal tally with a bronze.

"It's the first gold medal in this worlds and it's very important for our team," Nimke said. "Last year we also got one gold, but I think on the last day the gold medal is very important. And to be a world champion is a great feeling."

Nimke used his well-known powerful final lap to clock a 1:00.793, but he could not be certain he had won the gold. "This track is slow, so I can't believe that I got a time like this. A 1:01, is very fast on this track. I looked at the screen and saw my time and was very happy.

However, having started fourth from last he had to wait through three more riders before knowing he had won.

First Pervis challenged, and was slightly quicker through the 750m mark, but Nimke's 14.922 second final lap held true. Then it was the turn of another Frenchman, Michaël d'Almeida, who trailed at all the checks. Last up was the home crowd's favourite, last year's winner Teun Mulder.

The Dutchman set out on a blistering pace, quickly opening a 0.356 second advantage over the first lap, but with each successive lap, the gap grew slimmer and slimmer. Despite the home town crowd's ear-splitting support, Mulder could not match the pace of the German's famous last lap pace finally gave up the gold with half a lap to go.

"The last heat with Teun Mulder was very nerve wrecking," Nimke said. "He was very fast the first few laps, but the last lap was my lap. The success for me is through the last lap. I can hold a high speed for a long time. I don't have top speed and so that's important. I won this race in the last lap."

Mulder agreed that it was the last lap which scuttled his chances, but said he was "very happy with silver".

"Nimke was very strong, and the track was very heavy to ride today. My strong point is the start, and with Nimke it's his last lap and that's where I lost the race toady. The conditions were heavy today and I lost a little more time than normal.

"I heard the crowd a lot, especially on the last lap and I thought I'm on the podium with my time and gave everything I had on the last half lap. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough for first place but second is still very good for me."

Little know fact: Mulder has completed his training with the Dutch police and serves as a representative of the force. When he decides to retire from competition, he has a job waiting for him. "It's good because many sporting people don't know what to do after they retire, but for me I know I have a future."

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stefan Nimke (Germany)0:01:00.793 
2Teun Mulder (Netherlands)0:01:01.179 
3François Pervis (France)0:01:01.228 
4Michaël D'Almeida (France)0:01:01.481 
5Joachim Eilers (Germany)0:01:02.296 
6Quentin Lafargue (France)0:01:02.582 
7Tomas Babek (Czech Republic)0:01:02.788 
8Andrey Kubeev (Russian Federation)0:01:02.838 
9Hugo Haak (Netherlands)0:01:02.897 
10Edward Dawkins (New Zealand)0:01:03.534 
11Mohd Rizal Tisin (Malaysia)0:01:03.651 
12Puerta Zapata Fabian Hernando (Colombia)0:01:03.653 
13Kamil Kuczynski (Poland)0:01:03.791 
14Yevhen Bolibrukh (Ukraine)0:01:03.846 
15Adrian Teklinski (Poland)0:01:04.086 
16Yudai Nitta (Japan)0:01:04.201 
17Nikolay Zhurkin (Russian Federation)0:01:04.312 
18Angel Ramiro Pulgar Araujo (Venezuela)0:01:05.083 
19Francesco Ceci (Italy)0:01:05.193 
20Muhd Arfy Qhairant Amran (Malaysia)0:01:08.450 
DNSSimon Van Velthooven (New Zealand)  

 

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