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Tony Martin wins elite men's time trial world championship

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Tony Martin (Germany) flies toward victory

Tony Martin (Germany) flies toward victory (Image credit: AFP)
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Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)

Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) followed up his bronze medal ride in 2012 with a 4th place result in the 2013 time trial Worlds

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) followed up his bronze medal ride in 2012 with a 4th place result in the 2013 time trial Worlds (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Andrew Talansky (USA)

Andrew Talansky (USA) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland)

Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Rasmus Christian Quaade (Denmark) finished 6th in the 2013 time trial Worlds

Rasmus Christian Quaade (Denmark) finished 6th in the 2013 time trial Worlds (Image credit: Sirotti)
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British time trial champion Alex Dowsett in action during the 2013 world championship

British time trial champion Alex Dowsett in action during the 2013 world championship (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Lieuwe Westra (Netherlands)

Lieuwe Westra (Netherlands) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Thomas De Gendt (Belgium) could only manage a 49th place finish at the 2013 time trial Worlds

Thomas De Gendt (Belgium) could only manage a 49th place finish at the 2013 time trial Worlds (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Jesse Sergent (New Zealand)

Jesse Sergent (New Zealand) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Bob Jungels (Luxembourg)

Bob Jungels (Luxembourg) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Niki Terpstra (Netherlands)

Niki Terpstra (Netherlands) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Jan Barta (Czech Republic) placed 11th in the 2013 time trial Worlds

Jan Barta (Czech Republic) placed 11th in the 2013 time trial Worlds (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tony Martin (Germany) starts to recover

Tony Martin (Germany) starts to recover (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tony Martin (Germany)

Tony Martin (Germany) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Marco Pinotti (Italy) cracked the top-10 in the 2013 time trial Worlds

Marco Pinotti (Italy) cracked the top-10 in the 2013 time trial Worlds (Image credit: Sirotti)
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A very aero and compact Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spain) in action during the 2013 time trial world championship

A very aero and compact Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spain) in action during the 2013 time trial world championship (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tony Martin (Germany) after winning

Tony Martin (Germany) after winning (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tony Martin (Germany)

Tony Martin (Germany) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tony Martin (Germany)

Tony Martin (Germany) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Marco Pinotti (Italy)

Marco Pinotti (Italy) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tony Martin (Germany)

Tony Martin (Germany) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tony Martin (Germany) heads for the finish

Tony Martin (Germany) heads for the finish (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tony Martin (Germany)

Tony Martin (Germany) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tony Martin (Germany) celebrates

Tony Martin (Germany) celebrates (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tony Martin (Germany)

Tony Martin (Germany) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tony Martin (Germany)

Tony Martin (Germany) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tony Martin (Germany)

Tony Martin (Germany) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Richie Porte (Australia)

Richie Porte (Australia) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Sylvain Chavanel (France)

Sylvain Chavanel (France) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Bradley Wiggins, Tony Martin, Fabian Cancellara

Bradley Wiggins, Tony Martin, Fabian Cancellara (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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A smiling Tony Martin (Germany)

A smiling Tony Martin (Germany) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The medallists head to the podium

The medallists head to the podium (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2013 elite men's time trial world championship podium (L-R): Bradley Wiggins, Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara

2013 elite men's time trial world championship podium (L-R): Bradley Wiggins, Tony Martin and Fabian Cancellara (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Your 2013 elite men's time trial world champion: Tony Martin (Germany)

Your 2013 elite men's time trial world champion: Tony Martin (Germany) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Fabian Cancellara was not able to add another time trial world title to his palmares and had to settle for bronze in 2013

Fabian Cancellara was not able to add another time trial world title to his palmares and had to settle for bronze in 2013 (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) earned the silver medal at time trial Worlds, 46 seconds off the pace of Tony Martin

Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) earned the silver medal at time trial Worlds, 46 seconds off the pace of Tony Martin (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tony Martin (Germany) shows off his hardware after winning the time trial world championship for the third straight year

Tony Martin (Germany) shows off his hardware after winning the time trial world championship for the third straight year (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tony Martin (Germany) after his winning effort in the elite men's time trial world championship

Tony Martin (Germany) after his winning effort in the elite men's time trial world championship (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)

Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Elite men's TT Worlds podium

Elite men's TT Worlds podium (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tony Martin (Germany)

Tony Martin (Germany) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tony Martin (Germany) after finishing

Tony Martin (Germany) after finishing (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tony Martin (Germany) counts his victories

Tony Martin (Germany) counts his victories (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tony Martin (Germany) after the finish

Tony Martin (Germany) after the finish (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)

Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Adriano Malori (Italy)

Adriano Malori (Italy) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tony Martin (Germany) counts three world titles

Tony Martin (Germany) counts three world titles (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tony Martin (Germany) on his way to winning the world championship time trial

Tony Martin (Germany) on his way to winning the world championship time trial (Image credit: AFP)
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Another year, another world championship time trial title for Germany's Tony Martin

Another year, another world championship time trial title for Germany's Tony Martin (Image credit: Sirotti)
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For the third straight year Tony Martin (Germany) is the elite men's time trial world champion

For the third straight year Tony Martin (Germany) is the elite men's time trial world champion (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tony Martin (Germany) salutes the crowd after winning the elite men's time trial world title for the third straight year

Tony Martin (Germany) salutes the crowd after winning the elite men's time trial world title for the third straight year (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) with the silver medal at the 2013 time trial Worlds

Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) with the silver medal at the 2013 time trial Worlds (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) earned the bronze medal at the 2013 time trial Worlds

Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) earned the bronze medal at the 2013 time trial Worlds (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) on the podium to accept his bronze medal at the 2013 time trial world championship

Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) on the podium to accept his bronze medal at the 2013 time trial world championship (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) on the podium for his second place finish in the 2013 time trial Worlds

Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) on the podium for his second place finish in the 2013 time trial Worlds (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Germany's Tony Martin on the podium to receive the world champion's rainbow jersey and gold medal

Germany's Tony Martin on the podium to receive the world champion's rainbow jersey and gold medal (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tony Martin (Germany) scorched the Worlds time trial course for his third straight world title and a new record for fastest average speed

Tony Martin (Germany) scorched the Worlds time trial course for his third straight world title and a new record for fastest average speed (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tony Martin (Germany) powers to his third straight time trial world championship

Tony Martin (Germany) powers to his third straight time trial world championship (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) would finish the 2013 time trial Worlds in third place

Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) would finish the 2013 time trial Worlds in third place (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) en route to a silver medal in the 2013 time trial world championship

Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) en route to a silver medal in the 2013 time trial world championship (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Tony Martin (Germany) on his way to defending his time trial world title

Tony Martin (Germany) on his way to defending his time trial world title (Image credit: AFP)
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2013 time trial world champion Tony Martin (Germany)

2013 time trial world champion Tony Martin (Germany) (Image credit: AFP)

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

 

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