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Phinney claims rainbow bands for USA

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Benjamin King (United States) had a dissapointing day.

Benjamin King (United States) had a dissapointing day. (Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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Geoffrey Soupe (France) drives it home in front of a large crowd.

Geoffrey Soupe (France) drives it home in front of a large crowd. (Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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Nelson Oliveira (Portugal) was ranked number one but just missed out on the medals.

Nelson Oliveira (Portugal) was ranked number one but just missed out on the medals. (Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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Gianluca Leonardi (Italy) finished in 13th position.

Gianluca Leonardi (Italy) finished in 13th position. (Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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David Boily (Canada) on the finish straight.

David Boily (Canada) on the finish straight. (Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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Geelong locals seek a great vantage point on last steep uphill section of the time trial course

Geelong locals seek a great vantage point on last steep uphill section of the time trial course (Image credit: kathryn Watt)
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Taylor Phinney (United States) on the starting block.

Taylor Phinney (United States) on the starting block. (Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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Taylor Phinney (USA) pulled back 12 seconds in the first half of his second lap.

Taylor Phinney (USA) pulled back 12 seconds in the first half of his second lap. (Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Matteo Mammini (Italy) on his way to sixth

Matteo Mammini (Italy) on his way to sixth (Image credit: Riccardo Scanferla)
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The under 23 men's time trial podium

The under 23 men's time trial podium (Image credit: Riccardo Scanferla)
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The under 23 medal winners show off their new metal

The under 23 medal winners show off their new metal (Image credit: Riccardo Scanferla)
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Taylor Phinney (United States) races toward victory

Taylor Phinney (United States) races toward victory (Image credit: Riccardo Scanferla)
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Taylor Phinney (United States) took a consistent approach to his pacing

Taylor Phinney (United States) took a consistent approach to his pacing (Image credit: Riccardo Scanferla)
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Gianluca Leonardi (Italy)

Gianluca Leonardi (Italy) (Image credit: Riccardo Scanferla)
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Geoffrey Soupe (France)

Geoffrey Soupe (France) (Image credit: kathryn Watt)
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Young Geelong girls cheeer on Geoffrey Soupe (France)

Young Geelong girls cheeer on Geoffrey Soupe (France) (Image credit: kathryn Watt)
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Michael Vink (New Zealand) warms up

Michael Vink (New Zealand) warms up (Image credit: kathryn Watt)
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Johan Le Bon (France) with Jean the mechanic

Johan Le Bon (France) with Jean the mechanic (Image credit: kathryn Watt)
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Luke Durbridge (Australia) starts

Luke Durbridge (Australia) starts (Image credit: kathryn Watt)
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Taylor Phinney warms up

Taylor Phinney warms up (Image credit: USA Cycling)
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Taylor Phinney (USA) tries his best superman pose on the podium.

Taylor Phinney (USA) tries his best superman pose on the podium. (Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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Marcel Kittel (Germany) was signed by a professional team for next season months ago, and today he showed why.

Marcel Kittel (Germany) was signed by a professional team for next season months ago, and today he showed why. (Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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Taylor Phinney wasn't lightning quick on the opening lap, but that was the difference between he and Luke Durbridge.

Taylor Phinney wasn't lightning quick on the opening lap, but that was the difference between he and Luke Durbridge. (Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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Taylor Phinney listens to some beats to get into the groove before his ride.

Taylor Phinney listens to some beats to get into the groove before his ride. (Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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Luke Durbridge (Australia) went hard on the first lap...really hard.

Luke Durbridge (Australia) went hard on the first lap...really hard. (Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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Podium (L-R): Luke Durbridge (Australia), Taylor Phinney (USA) and Marcel Kittel (Germany)

Podium (L-R): Luke Durbridge (Australia), Taylor Phinney (USA) and Marcel Kittel (Germany) (Image credit: Mark Gunter)
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Marcel Kittel (Germany) will join Skil-Shimano in 2011.

Marcel Kittel (Germany) will join Skil-Shimano in 2011. (Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Luke Durbridge (Australia) went out hard on the opening lap.

Luke Durbridge (Australia) went out hard on the opening lap. (Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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The Italian riders rode strongly, but couldn't get into the medal placings.

The Italian riders rode strongly, but couldn't get into the medal placings. (Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Matteo Mammini (Italy) took sixth place.

Matteo Mammini (Italy) took sixth place. (Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Gianluca Leonardi (Italy)

Gianluca Leonardi (Italy) (Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Podium (L-R): Luke Durbridge (Australia), Taylor Phinney (USA) and Marcel Kittel (Germany)

Podium (L-R): Luke Durbridge (Australia), Taylor Phinney (USA) and Marcel Kittel (Germany) (Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Podium (L-R): Luke Durbridge (Australia), Taylor Phinney (USA) and Marcel Kittel (Germany)

Podium (L-R): Luke Durbridge (Australia), Taylor Phinney (USA) and Marcel Kittel (Germany) (Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Taylor Phinney (USA) wasn't quick on his first lap, but that proved to be the key.

Taylor Phinney (USA) wasn't quick on his first lap, but that proved to be the key. (Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Taylor Phinney (USA) added the U23 medal to his junior time trial world title.

Taylor Phinney (USA) added the U23 medal to his junior time trial world title. (Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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(Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Matteo Mammini (Italy) comes over the crest of a climb.

Matteo Mammini (Italy) comes over the crest of a climb. (Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Marcel Kittel (Germany) looked like he might not make the podium, but a favourite faded in the final kilometres and couldn't hold his lead over the German.

Marcel Kittel (Germany) looked like he might not make the podium, but a favourite faded in the final kilometres and couldn't hold his lead over the German. (Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Luke Durbridge (Australia) is the youngest rider to have claimed a U23 worlds medal.

Luke Durbridge (Australia) is the youngest rider to have claimed a U23 worlds medal. (Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Luke Durbridge (Australia) had Richie Porte following in the car behind him.

Luke Durbridge (Australia) had Richie Porte following in the car behind him. (Image credit: Luca Bettini)
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Taylor Phinney (USA) takes a bite out of his U23 gold medal.

Taylor Phinney (USA) takes a bite out of his U23 gold medal. (Image credit: Luca Bettini)

The 2010 world championships opened in Geelong, Australia with the Under-23 men's time trial, and a close battle between the highly-fancied Taylor Phinney USA) and local favourite Luke Durbridge. Phinney took the title by a scant 1.90 seconds over Durbridge, with Marcel Kittel (Germany) finishing third.

The U23 men had to tackle two laps of a 15.9 kilometre circuit that was dominated by two significant climbs, a tricky descent and a bridge crossing, plus gusting wind and rain squalls.

Durbridge, the seventh rider off in the 41-rider field, quickly established himself as the man to beat, setting what would turn out to be the fastest lap of the day on his first time around. He slowed slightly on the second lap, perhaps partially due to a rain squall that made many of the corners treacherous.

"To come pretty close to the win in my home Worlds, 1.9 seconds, I am pretty stoked anyway. The win would have been nice but it was not to be. But hey, I have got next year and bigger things to come hopefully, so I am pretty stoked.

"[Going so early] is not my favourite thing. I didn't have time checks to gauge myself against. I just had James in the car telling me to keep my rhythm. When I came in and was a fair bit faster I thought, 'hey, I have a long wait here'. So I just waited and waited. But everyone was coming through slower and I realized I had gone fairly hard in the first lap. But the times kept coming through and I was still 17 seconds faster than Taylor [after the first lap]. I realized that if Taylor is one of the favourites then I could be in with a medal and I started to get
pretty excited. But when he came through 1.9 seconds faster I was a bit, 'ye-orrrrrr' [sound of disappointment]. But that's alright. To hold on for second is pretty unbelievable."

Durbridge's time would hold up through over half of the remaining riders before Phinney finally bumped him out of the Hot Seat. Durbridge was the fastest over the first lap, and through the first split of the second lap, but Phinney was steadily gaining ground at each time check.

Ninth fastest at 6.6 kilometres and 32 seconds back, the individual pursuit world champion was up to second place and 17 seconds behind at the end of lap one. By the 22.4 kilometre split he was 4.8 seconds back, and the long downhill run into the finish allowed him to overtake Durbridge for the title.

"I had heard that Durbridge went out a little bit too hard and his second lap was considerably slower than his first lap," said Phinney, "so I was okay coming through the first lap coming in a bit slower than him. I just knew that I had to keep my pace. In that first lap I was definitely trying to conserve but once I got into the second lap I was pretty much giving it everything I had. It was such a hard course with a lot of lactate in the legs and I knew that I had the best time with about five kilometres to go but I didn't know how close it was. But by then you are giving it everything you got anyway.

"The first climb was just brutal. You just start it and I was just focused on staring at the ground because I didn't want to look at the climb in the distance. Then you crest over that one and keep going to finish on it, and the descent was something I could look forward to, scaring myself and the people in the car behind me. But that second climb on the second lap was just brutal and I just pushed myself really hard over to the top and tried to keep my speed up. I was hurting.

"I was very relieved. I had a lot of people telling me I was a shoe-in for the win here, which is almost the worst thing to hear coming into the race, because you feel like you have to win or you are going to disappoint. I knew that I had a chance, but I knew that there is so much talent in the U23 field right now that it was going to be difficult. It is also not exactly a course that suits us big guys up here, but somehow we all came out on top. I really had to dig deep but I am really happy to come away with the win even if Durbridge has an excuse because he finished in the rain."

Durbridge shares an interesting statistic with Fabian Cancellara - both finished second in the time trial in their first year as a U23 rider, and Durbridge now becomes the youngest U23 rider to appear on the podium, 33 days younger than Cancellara.

Meanwhile, Phinney’s Trek-Livestrong teammate Alex Dowsett was expected to be a major rival, but the British rider’s hopes came unstuck as he rolled a tyre on the final corner of his opening lap. Dowsett went on to be passed by Nélson Oliveira (Portugal), who looked strong early in his run but faded over the final nine kilometres and missed out on third place to Marcel Kittel (Germany) as a result.

 Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Taylor Phinney (United States Of America)0:42:50.29
2Luke Durbridge (Australia)0:00:01.90
3Marcel Kittel (Germany)0:00:24.01
4Nélson Oliveira (Portugal)0:00:27.96
5Rohan Dennis (Australia)0:00:46.87
6Matteo Mammini (Italy)0:00:49.88
7Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)0:01:06.55
8Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spain)0:01:18.48
9Andrei Krasilnikau (Belarus)0:01:35.62
10Geoffrey Soupe (France)0:01:38.21
11Johan Le Bon (France)0:01:39.62
12Jakub Novak (Czech Republic)0:01:51.71
13Gianluca Leonardi (Italy)0:02:04.33
14Arthur Van Overberghe (Belgium)0:02:13.52
15Andrew Talansky (United States Of America)0:02:21.59
16Benjamin King (United States Of America)0:02:23.32
17Jimmi Sorensen (Denmark)0:02:27.76
18Blaz Jarc (Slovenia)0:02:30.13
19Javier Eduardo Gomez Pineda (Colombia)0:02:33.60
20Nikita Novikov (Russian Federation)0:02:35.56
21Piotr Gawronski (Poland)0:02:37.49
22Sebastian Balck (Sweden)0:02:39.43
23Shem Rodger (New Zealand)0:02:47.53
24Daniil Fominykh (Kazakhstan)0:02:53.87
25David Boily (Canada)0:03:06.25
26Evgeny Kovalev (Russian Federation)0:03:08.95
27Martijn Keizer (Netherlands)0:03:09.16
28Michael Vink (New Zealand)0:03:12.82
29Evaldas Siskevicius (Lithuania)0:03:15.39
30Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania)0:03:16.42
31Alex Dowsett (Great Britain)0:03:25.19
32Hugo Houle (Canada)0:03:50.01
33Fábio Silvestre (Portugal)0:04:02.31
34Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Belgium)0:04:05.66
35Andreas Hofer (Austria)0:04:20.12
36King Lok Cheung (Hong Kong, China)0:04:24.01
37Siarhei Papok (Belarus)0:04:46.04
38Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland)0:05:18.02
39Frayre Moctezuma Eder (Mexico)0:05:28.75
40Silvan Dillier (Switzerland)0:06:25.15
DNFRasmus Christian Quaade (Denmark)

 

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