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September 24/09 11:03 am - Road World Championships: Elite Men's ITT report, PHOTOS and full results


Posted by Editoress on 09/24/09
 

Canada's Svein Tuft finished 15th in the men's 49.8 kilometre time trial at the Road World Championships.  Tuft finished four minutes and 24.25 seconds behind new world champion Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland, who took his third title.  Gustav Larsson of Sweden finished second and Tony Martin of Germany third.  Tom Zirbel of the USA was a surprise fourth (he will join Tuft at Garmin-Slipstream for 2010), and set the early fast time after starting 23rd.

 

Coverage of the 2009 World Championships made possible with the support of Shimano

 

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Tuft won the silver medal in Varese, Italy at last year's World Championships and finished seventh at the Olympics, but has struggled all this season after signing with a top-ranked European professional squad and then suffering a concussion from a crash at the Tour of California in February.tuft

"To tell the truth," he admitted, "that was one of the best rides I have had all year, and the best I've felt on a bike in a while.  It's the best I'm capable of now, so I'm satisfied with this ride.  But I know that I'm capable of a lot more."

"This [season] was an accumulation of things, like getting used to racing at a whole new level, plus the injury earlier [in the year] and recovering from that.  And this was a tough course; you had to keep the pressure on all the way around it.  If you got blown on the steep section of the climb, it took 3 to 4 minutes to recover along the top when you should be hammering it."

Cancellara was one rider who had no problems - on the climb or any other section.  Fastest at every split, he caught his Saxo Bank team mate Larsson - who finished second to Cancellara at the Olympics - on the second lap [of three], and then British rider Bradley Wiggins on the third (to be fair, Wiggins had drivetrain problems and had to change bikes at the top of the final climb; he was riding in fourth, four seconds out of third at the last split before his mechanical).  Defending champion Bert Grabsch (Germany) was never in contention, finishing tenth, 3:37.39 behind.

Race Notes

- Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazakhstan), just back from a two year ban for blood doping, finished eighth, and was roundly booed every time up the climb.  On the other hand, the two riders from St Kitts and Nevis - Reginald Douglas and James Weekes - finished 65th and 66th (out of 66 starters) and were cheered by spectators.  Weekes was being given instructions on what gears to use as he lined up on the starting ramp.  Both would have been lapped by Cancellara if they had started in the same wave of riders...

- Cancellara, who had been told of his huge lead, cruised across the finish line with his arms in the air, something probably not seen before in a time trial at the Worlds...

 

Cancellara

 

 

Men - 49.8 km Time Diff
1 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) 57:55.74  
2 Gustav Larsson (Sweden) 59:22.87 1:27.13
3 Tony Martin (Germany) 1:00:25.92 2:30.18
4 Tom Zirbel (United States) 1:00:42.86 2:47.12
5 Marco Pinotti (Italy) 1:00:58.62 3:02.88
6 Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia) 1:01:04.23 3:08.49
7 Koos Moerenhout (Netherlands) 1:01:07.33 3:11.59
8 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazakhstan) 1:01:16.69 3:20.95
9 Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania) 1:01:29.62 3:33.88
10 Bert Grabsch (Germany) 1:01:33.13 3:37.39
11 David McCann (Ireland) 1:01:36.35 3:40.61
12 Jean-Christophe Peraud (France) 1:01:39.69 3:43.95
13 Lars Ytting Bak (Denmark) 1:02:03.40 4:07.66
14 Dominique Cornu (Belgium) 1:02:05.14 4:09.40
15 Svein Tuft (Canada) 1:02:19.99 4:24.25
16 Lars Boom (Netherlands) 1:02:20.59 4:24.85
17 Artem Ovechkin (Russian Federation) 1:02:23.38 4:27.64
18 Christopher Froome (Great Britain) 1:02:30.29 4:34.55
19 Frantisek Rabon (Czech Republic) 1:02:35.41 4:39.67
20 Sebastian Lang (Germany) 1:02:36.71 4:40.97
21 Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) 1:02:46.13 4:50.39
22 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Colombia) 1:02:51.99 4:56.25
23 Thomas Danielson (United States) 1:03:05.19 5:09.45
24 Alex Rasmussen (Denmark) 1:03:08.34 5:12.60
25 Andrey Kashechkin (Kazakhstan) 1:03:12.56 5:16.82
26 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Portugal) 1:03:21.60 5:25.86
27 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway) 1:03:24.18 5:28.44
28 Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 1:03:24.45 5:28.71
29 Eugen Wacker (Kyrgyzstan) 1:03:26.81 5:31.07
30 Adam Hansen (Australia) 1:03:29.28 5:33.54
31 Aleksejs Saramotins (Latvia) 1:03:30.50 5:34.76
32 Martin Garrido Mayorga (Argentina) 1:03:30.86 5:35.12
33 Bartosz Huzarski (Poland) 1:03:39.39 5:43.65
34 Martin Velits (Slovakia) 1:03:39.80 5:44.06
35 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spain) 1:03:40.81 5:45.07
36 Juan Carlos Lopez Marin (Colombia) 1:03:43.09 5:47.35
37 Branislau Samoilau (Belarus) 1:03:51.99 5:56.25
38 Sébastien Rosseler (Belgium) 1:03:53.44 5:57.70
39 Fredrik Ericsson (Sweden) 1:04:06.21 6:10.47
40 Rubens Bertogliati (Switzerland) 1:04:08.06 6:12.32
41 Andriy Grivko (Ukraine) 1:04:10.17 6:14.43
42 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spain) 1:04:15.36 6:19.62
43 Erik Hoffmann (Namibia) 1:04:19.17 6:23.43
44 Matias Medici (Argentina) 1:04:24.00 6:28.26
45 Raivis Belohvosciks (Latvia) 1:04:25.23 6:29.49
46 Magno Prado Nazaret (Brazil) 1:04:34.47 6:38.73
47 Mikhail Ignatiev (Russian Federation) 1:04:38.76 6:43.02
48 Gregor Gazvoda (Slovenia) 1:04:45.98 6:50.24
49 Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) 1:04:54.53 6:58.79
50 Jeremy Vennell (New Zealand) 1:05:01.95 7:06.21
51 Pavol Polievka (Slovakia) 1:05:19.30 7:23.56
52 Ervin Korts-Laur (Estonia) 1:05:22.42 7:26.68
53 Cameron Wurf (Australia) 1:05:23.26 7:27.52
54 Tiago Machado (Portugal) 1:05:26.08 7:30.34
55 Rida Cador (Hungary) 1:05:30.34 7:34.60
56 Jerome Coppel (France) 1:05:32.31 7:36.57
57 Matti Helminen (Finland) 1:05:43.86 7:48.12
58 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukraine) 1:06:16.40 8:20.66
59 Maciej Bodnar (Poland) 1:06:38.84 8:43.10
60 Jose Ragonessi (Ecuador) 1:06:48.95 8:53.21
61 Jarmo Rissanen (Finland) 1:06:55.86 9:00.12
62 Zoltan Madaras (Hungary) 1:07:01.30 9:05.56
63 Eduard Novak (Romania) 1:09:01.95 11:06.21
64 Gabriel Sorin Pop (Romania) 1:10:50.85 12:55.11
65 Reginald Douglas (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 1:18:28.59 20:32.85
66 James Weekes (Saint Kitts and Nevis) 1:20:34.43 22:38.66

 


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