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World Championships - CM

Verona, Italy, September 27-October 3, 2004

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Race 5 - Wednesday September 29: Time Trial - Elite Men, 46.75km

Commentary by Hedwig Kröner and Jeff Jones

Complete live report

Live coverage starts: 14:30 CEST
Estimated finish time: 16:30 CEST

14:31 CEST   
Welcome to day three of the World Championships in Bardolino. Today, the Elite men will race against the clock to crown their new champion at the end of a 48.75 km course up and down the hills of Northern Italy. 46 riders are at the start, and with the defending champion Michael Rogers due to hit the road at 15.39 p.m. CET, we will have a winner be 16.30.

14:32 CEST   
The route is almost the same as the Elite Women's parcours, but reaches a little higher in altitude on top of the first climb, Pazzon. It turns right down south to Sega, then uphill once again to Patrengo, before a medium right takes the riders east into Lazise. From there, it's back to lake Garda and up north again toward the Finish line. The intermediate time checks are at km 6.3 and 27.1.

14:36 CEST   
Cyclingnews correspondent Shane Stokes reports warm 22-23° Celsius, blue skies, with a very gentle breeze.Sounds good!

The first riders have taken off on the parcours, including David O'Loughlin (Ireland).

14:39 CEST   
Australian Michael Rogers was officially awarded his gold medal and rainbow jersey this morning, as Britain's David Millar was disqualified after he admitted to using EPO at the Time Trial in Hamilton, CA.

Svein Tuft (Canada) is on the ramp now, ready to go.

14:44 CEST   
Raivis Belohvosciks (Latvia) hasn't raced all year due to bronchitis. This is his first race since May...

The riders are warming up on the trainers, getting massaged and ready to race. Meanwhile, we have a first time at km 6.3: Irishman David O'Loughlin (Ireland) gets there at 10.25.

14:49 CEST   
Polish Przemyslaw Niemec is out of the saddle as most of the riders arriving at Costermano, where the climb is pretty steep.

Today, there are a lot of people supporting their stars at the parcours. During the last two days, public attention wasn't that big.

14:53 CEST   
Andrea Peron is out on the course now, Italian flags are flying. The best time yet belongs to Przemyslaw Niemec (Poland) with 9.58 to beat after 6.3 km.

Speeding right away, Peron has a nice style, leaning forward on his bike on the front of his saddle.

14:56 CEST   
The second Irishman, David McCann, has left the ramp, carefully taking the first turn and speeding up after it.

Next up is Tom Danielson (USA).

15:00 CEST   
Peron is on his way up the climb, with lots of people be the roadside. He's working hard there, staying in the aero position.

He is now at the intermediate time check, finally getting out of the saddle for the steepest bit. This pulling heats up upper thigh muscles...

15:02 CEST   
Bart Voskamp from the Netherlands has started.

The Slovenian Gregor Gazvoda is suffering on the climb, his gear looks too big for his capacities.

15:04 CEST   
On the road now is Benoît Joachim (Luxembourg), National TT champ and one of US Postal's assets at this year's Vuelta.

15:10 CEST   
Danielson has arrived at the time check after 10.18.

We have the first rider at the second time check, Denis Shkarpeta (Uzbekistan) pedaling a way too big gear in our opinion.

15:12 CEST   
After Eddy Seigneur (France), the Italian Marzio Bruseghin, it is now Eric Wohlberg's turn on the ramp. The multiple Canadian TT champ finished a respectable 18th place in Athens.

15:16 CEST   
The Swede Gustav Erik Larsson arrived second at the first time check and looks good on his way towards the second.

Jean Nuttli (Switzerland), who started cycling because of a weight problem, has left the start. He looks determined to take the parcours explosively.

15:19 CEST   
We are now entering the phase of big names, with young runner-up Joost Posthuma (Netherlands) starting just before Brad McGee (Australia).

Seigneur pushes down hard on the climb, as he gets to the top still glued to his saddle.

15:22 CEST   
Bruseghin sets a new best at the first time check, looking easy too: 9.57!

Gabrovski gets to the second time check, not as fresh as before. These climbs are difficult.

15:26 CEST   
David Zabriskie (USA) is on his way, followed by Laszlo Bodrogi (Hungary).

On the climb, Nuttli gets out of the saddle, swaying badly to the sides as he pushes on his handlebars.

Peron is first at the second time check, passing it at 36.10.

15:30 CEST   
Posthuma struggles at the steep part. He too chose a very big gear.

Isidro Nozal, relentless worker for Heras at the Vuelta, is on his way. Meanwhile, McGee has passed the first time check, using a nice small gear. Not as fast as Bruseghin though - he might get better during the second part of the course which is flat.

15:32 CEST   
Uwe Peschel (Germany) is off. Can he do as well as the German Juniors? He was second at the GP des Nations.

Zabriskie sets a new time to beat after 6.3 km: 9.56!

15:36 CEST   
The first rider has reached the finish, one hour and three minutes after leaving the start ramp. The best times should be less than 1 hour.

15:39 CEST   
Gustav Larsson has caught Bart Voskamp, and Michael Rich has started now.

Nozal isn't feeling that well today.

Michael Rogers is last to start, ready to get his jersey to wear it more often? He's off!

15:41 CEST   
Peschel is 1 second faster than Zabriskie on the climb, looking fairly fresh still.

15:46 CEST   
Peña loses 18 seconds at the first time check, as Peschel is on the descent, powering down his pedals with all his force.

15:48 CEST   
Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazakhstan) has made it to the 6.3 km mark in very good form, setting a new best. Rich, on the other hand, lost almost 30 sec's already - but might get some time back on the flat bit.

15:51 CEST   
Vino, Peschel, Zabriskie and Rogers are very strong, especially on this hilly parcours.

Andrea Peron sets a new best time at the finish, but still nothing under the hour.

15:52 CEST   
Zabriskie has a good chance of medalling as well, as he pedals very regularly on a flat part, very focused on his rhythm.

15:57 CEST   
Brad McGee gets to the second time losing a lot of time - this one's not for him.

Peschel, the silver medallist from the Hamilton World's one year ago, is powering on a flat road, still looking very strong.

15:58 CEST   
Zabriskie takes three seconds off Bruseghin at the second time check - what a ride especially after the whole of the Vuelta!

16:01 CEST   
Tom Danielson gets in, he gives it everything on the last hundred metres: 1.02.36.

Larsson is flying into the finish now, with 59.04 a new best!

16:03 CEST   
Finally we see Vinokourov, who is riding with a special ovalised chainring, as ridden by Bobby Julich and Jens Voigt. He's pushing down and pulling up steadily, with a light movement in his shoulders.

16:06 CEST   
Peschel loses a bit at the second time check, about 16 seconds. That climb towards the 27.1 km mark looks nasty.

16:11 CEST   
Pinto and Seigneur fly into the finish together, and Bruseghin gets second behind Larsson.

And it looks like Vino will beat Zabriskie's time at the second mark... yes, he's got it by 5 seconds. This will be very tight at the finish! And Zabriskie still looks good on the flat part, steady rhythm.

16:14 CEST   
Rich loses 15 seconds on Vino at km 27.1. But Rogers! He beats it by 31 seconds, flying up that hill from out of nowhere!

16:17 CEST   
Again two riders arrive at the finish line together. Maybe the organises should have opted for 2 minute gaps.

Waiting for Zabriskie...

16:20 CEST   
Michael Rogers is speeding like he should, while McGee has been passed by Roesems on the last straight.

16:22 CEST   
Here comes David Zabriskie, out of the saddle and biting his teeth - getting second behind Larsson!

16:24 CEST   
Roesems (6th) crashed during his ride and had to get another bike.

Rogers, "the Dodger" is still moving along quickly, in a very regular manner.

16:27 CEST   
Laszlo Bodrogi (Hungary) finishes 2.06 down.

Rogers takes up speed again, getting out of the saddle. Vino, a little further away, has definitely a good day too.

16:29 CEST   
Peschel is expected at the finish now. First arrives Isidro Nozal (Spain) at 3.28.

16:30 CEST   
Here comes Peschel with the fourth time: 59.58. This was too hilly for him.

16:34 CEST   
Rich looks heavy on a little climb, pulling too big gears.

Cancellara finishes, the 23 year old is not bad at all with 59.40.

16:35 CEST   
Vino gets on the finish line, setting a new time to beat! 47.607 km/h!

16:37 CEST   
Here comes Rich, pushing toward the finish: 58.42!! And Rogers pulverizes his time with 57.30, celebrating even before reaching the line!!!

16:38 CEST   
Rogers won his title - by far! What a victory!


Finish - km 46.75

1 Michael Rogers (Australia)         57.30
2 Michael Rich (Germany)              1.12
3 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazakhstan)   1.24
4 Gustav Erik Larsson (Sweden)        1.33
5 David Zabriskie (USA)               1.36
6 Marzio Bruseghin (Italy)            1.37
7 Marc Wauters (Belgium)              1.56
8 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)     2.10
9 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spain)         2.23
10 Uwe Peschel (Germany)              2.28
11 Andrea Peron (Italy)               2.32

km 6.3

1 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazakhstan)   9.44
2 Uwe Peschel (Germany)               0.11
3 David Zabriskie (USA)               0.12
4 Michael Rogers (Australia)          
5 Marzio Bruseghin (Italy)            0.14
6 Przemyslaw Niemec (Poland)         
7 Gustav Erik Larsson (Sweden)        0.16
8 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spain)         0.18
9 Bradley McGee (Australia)           0.21
10 Eddy Seigneur (France)             

km 27.1

1 Michael Rogers (Australia)         34.39
2 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kazakhstan)   0.31
3 David Zabriskie (USA)               0.37
4 Marzio Bruseghin (Italy)            0.40
5 Gustav Erik Larsson (Sweden)        0.44
6 Michael Rich (Germany)              0.46
7 Uwe Peschel (Germany)               0.54
8 Marc Wauters (Belgium)              0.56
9 José Ivan Gutierrez (Spain)         1.10
10 Bert Roesems (Belgium)             1.15

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