World championships - CM
Madrid, Spain, September 21-25, 2005
Results & report
Race 2 - September 21: Under 23 men's individual time trial, 37.9km
Commentary by Jeff Jones, with additional reporting from Hernan Alvarez
and Shane Stokes
Live coverage starts: 13:00 CEST
Estimated finish: 17:10 CEST
Welcome back to Cyclingnews after
a short break in the Casa de Campo, where we're ready once again for some time
trialing action. This afternoon will see the U23 men in action, with 59 riders
at 1'30 intervals contesting the 37.9 km course. The U23s will go off in four
'waves' of approximately 15 riders each, with Yong Li Ng (Malaysia) the first
off at 13:00, followed by Ruslan Sambris (Republic of Moldova) and Panagiotis
Potsakis (Greece). In the last wave, starting at 16:00, we'll see the top favourites
like Kai Reus (Netherlands), Dominique Cornu (Belgium), Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukraine),
Mark Jamieson (Australia) and Tyler Farrar (United States Of America).
The waves have been timed so that
the last rider in each wave will finish approximately 12 minutes after the first
rider from the next wave sets off. Hopefully that will minimise confusion!
Ryan Roth (Canada) is now under way,
powering along the first part of the parcours. He's the last of the first wave
At the 7.4 km check, it's Li Yong
Ng with a time of 11'30, one that should be bettered by the others later on.
Ng's time is not good enough to better
Johan Lindgren's, who has come through in 10'30.
Ryan Roth (Canada) comes through
7.4 km just slower than Lindgren.
Sweden's Lindgren is now past the
26 km check in 36'02, the fastest to date.
Gediminas Bagdonas nears the end
of his first lap, but nearly overcooks it as he hits a witch's hat (traffic
Henry Mendez Raabe (Costa Rica) has
bettered Lindgren's time by 2 seconds at the 26 km mark with a 36'00 dead. Not
The third wave is starting now, just
as the last riders from wave 1 finish.
Alfonso Roldan Ortiz (Colombia)
is third fastest, behind Mendez and Lindgren at the moment.
Steven Cozza (USA) leads out the
second wave, followed by Mikhail Ignatiev (Russian Federation), who is very
handy against the clock, having won the junior event in 2003.
Peter Latham (New Zealand) is now
under way, riding strongly over the first part of the parcours.
Mexican Ignacio Sarabia Diaz finishes
in a time of 49'40, the best so far. He's trailed by Costa Rican Henry Mendez
Raabe at 3 seconds.
Belgium's Bart VanHeule has set off. He was second
in the Belgian championships and is one to watch of the early wave.
The top three at the finish at the
1 Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mexico) 49.40
2 Henry Mendez
Raabe (Costa Rica) 0.03
3 Johan Lindgren (Sweden) 0.16
Viktor Renäng (Sweden) and Paul Martens
(Germany) leave the start ramp, as the last riders of the second wave to tackle
As expected, Ignatiev is one of the
best riders, and at the halfway point he's already a minute quicker than Mendez.
Vanheule is also quick at that point, but not quite as fast as the Russian.
Andrei Kunitski (Belarus) goes through
the halfway check in 23.47.97, second best behind Ignatiev.
Viktor Renäng (Sweden) goes through
half way in 24:31.91, for 11th place so far.
Janis Ozols (Latvia) has reached
the third check at km 26 in a time of 37:51.52, which will put him in 16th place
at the moment.
We have a new best time at the finish,
as Mikhail Ignatiev (Russian Federation) comes home in 47:24.28, well better
than anyone else so far.
Now it's Peter Latham driving it
home to the finish, with a time of 48:01.51, good enough for second.
Latham is followed by Vanheule, who
was caught by the Kiwi. The Belgian finishes in 49'37 for third. Top five to
1 Mikhail Ignatiev (Russian Federation) 47.24
Latham (New Zealand) 0.37
3 Bart Vanheule (Belgium) 2.13
Sarabia Diaz (Mexico) 2.16
5 Henry Mendez Raabe (Costa Rica) 2.19
Edward Clancy (Great Britain) goes
through the 26 km check in 37'24, well off the pace for 16th.
Jerome Coppel (France) finishes his
ride off in 49:48.28 for sixth.
Andrei Kunitski (Belarus) has a good
ride to finish in 49'02 for third.
William Aranzazo Escobar (Colombia)
has started, the first rider from Wave 3.
Simon Spilak (Slovenia) is better
than Vanheule at the finish as he crosses the line in 48:36.46 for third place,
Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukraine) is not so good, clocking
52:25.01 at the end for 17th.
Australian Will Walker finishes his
ride in 49:46 for sixth place at the moment.
Edward Clancy (Great Britain) and
Viktor Renäng (Sweden) finish together. Clancy's time is 51:46.61 (16th), while
Renäng's is 50:13.10 (11th).
Paul Martens (Germany), the last of
wave 2, comes home in 49:43.75 for seventh.
At the end of the second wave, Russian
Mikhail Ignatiev has the best time of 47.24, ahead of Peter Latham (New Zealand)
at 37 seconds and Simon Spilak (Slovenia) at 1.12.
(Poland) is now departing. He was 9th last year.
Spain's Eladio Sanchez Prado is at
the first check (km 7.4) in 10:29, which is seventh quickest to that point.
Michael Schär (Switzerland) has just
left the start ramp. He's a pretty decent rider against the clock, and will
try to emulate his compatriot Karin Thürig, who won the gold in the women's
event earlier today.
Maciej Bodnar (Poland) comes up past
km 7.4 in 10'31 for ninth best. Francesco Rivera (Italy) is on the course too,
Sergey Danniker (Kazakhstan) catches
William Aranzazo Escobar (Colombia) at the end of the first lap, rubbing shoulders
with him as he goes past. Danniker's time at km 18.8 is 24:22.22.
Eladio Sanchez Prado (Spain) is quicker
at halfway, crossing in 24:03 for fifth best.
Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania) is
powering along the course at the moment, in a nice big gear at a nice rhythm.
Rafaâ Chtioui (Tunisia) is at the
halfway in 25'22, out of the top 30. He's chased by last year's junior world
champ Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic), who is through in 24'55, good for the
top 20. Then Danish rider Martin Mortensen (Denmark), whose 23'51 will put him
Michael Schär (Switzerland) is pedaling
his way up the climb, cutting a lean figure through the air.
Bodnar (Poland) comes to the halfway check, passing the devil, in 24'04 for
Michael Schär (Switzerland) comes
to halfway in 24'13, ninth quickest so far.
Konovalovas goes through the halfway
check next, but is not in top 10 contention. He's over 1'30 down on Ignatiev.
Michael Schär is catching Riviera
in front of him. He passes the Italian on the climb on lap 2.
Sergey Danniker (Kazakhstan) finishes
in 49'40 for sixth, not a bad ride at all.
Christian Meier (Canada) is at the
third check in 37'22, just in the top 20.
Meanwhile, Eladio Sanchez
Prado (Spain) is at the finish. He stops the clock at 49'13 for fifth.
William Aranzazo Escobar (Colombia) finishes in 53'19.
Schär is at the third time check
in 35'51, as José Mendes (Portugal) finishes his ride in 52'37. New Zealander
Timothy Gudsell is better, in 50'06. Not good enough for a top 10.
Speaking of which, here they are:
1 Mikhail Ignatiev (Russian Federation)
2 Peter Latham (New Zealand) 0.37
3 Simon Spilak (Slovenia)
4 Andrei Kunitski (Belarus) 1.38
5 Eladio Sanchez Prado (Spain)
6 Bart Vanheule (Belgium) 2.13
7 Sergey Danniker (Kazakhstan)
8 Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mexico)
9 Paul Martens (Germany) 2.19
10 Henry Mendez Raabe (Costa Rica)
Mortensen charges up the line in
48'14, knocking Spilak out of the third placed hotseat.
Kreuziger and Chtioui are both over
the 50 minute mark, as Tyler Farrar (USA) sets off as the first rider of the
last wave. The American is under way. He's better known as a sprinter though.
Florian Morizot (France) starts after
Farrar, and he is chased by José Luis Ruiz Cubillo (Spain), who gets a big cheer
as he rolls off the ramp. He hits his gears and changes into a bigger ratio.
Slovenia's Miha Svab is next off,
and he nearly falls off the side of the ramp as he speeds away. He is one of
the favoured riders though.
Lasse Bochman (Denmark) is next to
go, followed by Maxim Belkov (Russian Federation). Eight riders to come after
Canada's Christian Meier finishes
in 52'04 for 28th so far.
Australian U23 champ Mark Jamieson
is next to go. He'll have a hard time beating Ignatiev.
in 49'40, for ninth.
Frantisek Rabon (Czech Republic)
takes off at top speed, really attacking the first part of the course. Then
Branislau Samoilau (Belarus) goes. He's one of the strongest riders here, and
has won a lot of races this year.
Meanwhile, Ignatas Konovalovas
finishes his ride in 50'13 for a top 20. Francesco Rivera is after him, which
is not good for the Italian - he's lost more than three minutes to the Lithuanian.
That'll be one of the slowest times today.
Tony Martin (Germany) is next off,
a powerful looking rider.
Jamieson is on the first climb, pedaling
Probably the biggest favourite for
this race is setting off now: Kai Reus (Netherlands). He's a product of the
Rabobank squad, and is a very good time trialist, and a pretty handy road racer.
Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Italy) leaves
next, just two more riders to follow him.
Belgian Dominique Cornu gets ready
to go in the start house. He can ride time trials, with his skinny 1.96m frame
cutting a nice profile through the air.
The last rider is ready: Dmytro Grabovskyy
(Ukraine). He won the European Championships in this discipline this year, and
is one to watch.
Branislau Samoilau (Belarus) navigates
the first part of the course, looking pretty comfy as he gets into his rhythm.
Rabon is at the first check (7.6 km) in 10'41, a fair way off the pace of the
Mark Jamieson drives it to the halfway
point, working hard with the bike as he crests the small hill.
Kai Reus is surprisingly slow at
the 7.6 km check in 10'53, 37th place! He'll have to pull out a huge ride to
save this, although the headwind isn't helping. Most of the last wave of riders
have been quite slow to this first check.
Dall'Antonia is better, clocking
10'26 for seventh. He's one of the best of the last wave at that point.
José Luis Ruiz Cubillo (Spain) is
at halfway now, in a time of 25'11 for 30th.
Cornu comes up to the 7.6 km check
in 10'26, also for seventh place.
Svab is also at halfway, doing 25'03
Grabovskyy is at 7.6 km in 10'14, second place behind
the still impressive Ignatiev, who clocked 10'07.
Bochman is at halfway
in 9th place, 24'something.
Grabovskyy is motoring now on the
descent, keeping a great position as he picks up a lot of speed. He could be
the only one to challenge Ignatiev.
Cornu keeps his pace up as he crests
another small climb. This course is continually up and down - only steep in
one spot, but still tough.
Grabovskyy puts it in the biggest
gear and tries to keep his cadence up. He's flying, but it's hurting.
Ignatiev, Latham, and Mortensen are the top three at the finish, all sitting
in their respective hotseats.
Grabovskyy picks up enough speed
to get himself over another small hill without having to change down. Tiziano
Dall'Antonia (Italy) is also riding well.
Cornu flies down through the trees
in the park, as does Mr Grabovskyy.
Dall'Antonia nears the halfway
point...He crosses in 24'00 (7th), just slower than Jamieson.
Dominique Cornu (Belgium) is now
at halfway, having ridden very well but not quite quick enough to beat Ignatiev.
His time is 23'48 for fourth.
Grabovskyy comes through halfway,
the last rider to do so. His time is fantastic: 23'22, second best, just four
seconds slower than Ignatiev. He's picked up some time on the Russian.
Grabovskyy is on his second lap,
trying to keep his rhythm going as he goes in search of Ignatiev's time.
Jamieson is well into his second
lap, and still looking smooth and fast. He should be able to finish with a top
10 today, possibly a top 5.
Tyler Farrar (USA) finishes in 49'08
with the sixth best time so far.
Cornu rocks a bit as he tackles the
first climb of the second lap, but he's kept the speed up nicely.
Florian Morizot (France) suffers
as he gets to the finish in 50'13, for a top 20.
(Italy) is at 28.5 km in 35'31 for seventh.
Reus is a long way off the pace at
the second time check - out of the top 30. It's not his day today.
Cornu is really motoring as he reaches that point. His time is 35'29, just a
second quicker than Jamieson for sixth.
Grabovskyy can't do it either:
34'35 puts him in second behind Ignatiev, who is looking good for gold.
Bochman finishes with 49'06 for sixth
place. Not bad at all. Svab follows him in 51'56, well off the pace.
Jamieson powers to the finish, having
caught Belkov en route. His final time is 48'50 for fifth.
Cornu reaches the second, steeper
climb, and is out of the saddle in the small gear. He's over the top now. Grabovskyy
is not too far behind him. He's over the top too, also out of the saddle, but
in the big ring.
Reus has been caught by Dall'Antonia.
Never good for the morale.
Rabon finishes in 49'50 for 18th.
Reus does his best to hold the Italian's
wheel risking a time penalty.
Grabovskyy is back on the fast section
of the course, but it looks as though he won't make up the time on Ignatiev,
who looks good for another gold medal in this discipline after his junior title
in 2003. He's also handy on the track, winning a world championship points race.
Branislau Samoilau (Belarus) finishes
well out of the placings in 50'57 for 29th. Not a great ride.
Tony Martin is across the line in
50'14 for 25th.
Reus is losing ground to his Italian rival, who
has passed him properly now.
Tiziano Dall'antonia (Italy) is flying
home, and will do a good time. He stops the clock in 49'06 for eighth. Maybe
not as good as he'd hoped. Reus is 31st in 50'44.
Well, Peter Latham certainly has
a medal, we just don't know what colour it is. Silver or Bronze.
Cornu's time at the finish is 49'10, just top 10.
Grabovskyy is better, but not good
enough in 47'58. The silver is his, Latham takes third, but Mikhail Ignatiev
wins the gold medal! Brilliant ride by the Russian who averaged nearly 48 km/h
on this tough parcours to win his third world title in this discipline (he also
won the junior TT in 2002).
Ignatiev is definitely a rider to
watch for the future in the pro ranks, although he's concentrating on the track
at the moment. Three world titles on the road plus a points title on the track
is nothing to sneeze at.
That's all folks from the live team in Madrid.
We'll be back with full results, reports and photos in a bit, and of course
tomorrow at 13:00 we'll cover the Elite Men's TT live. Until then!
km 7.6 (all riders through)
1 Mikhail Ignatiev (Russian Federation) 10.07
2 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukraine) 0.07
3 Simon Spilak (Slovenia)
4 Andrei Kunitski (Belarus)
5 Peter Latham (New Zealand)
km 18.8 (all riders through)
1 Mikhail Ignatiev (Russian Federation) 23.18
2 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukraine) 0.04
3 Peter Latham (New Zealand) 0.28
4 Andrei Kunitski (Belarus) 0.30
5 Dominique Cornu (Belgium)
6 Simon Spilak (Slovenia) 0.32
7 Martin Mortensen (Denmark) 0.33
8 Mark Jamieson (Australia) 0.42
9 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Italy)
km 28.5 (all riders through)
1 Mikhail Ignatiev (Russian Federation) 34.12
2 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukraine) 0.23
3 Peter Latham (New Zealand) 0.35
4 Simon Spilak (Slovenia) 0.42
5 Martin Mortensen (Denmark) 0.43
6 Andrei Kunitski (Belarus) 0.52
7 Dominique Cornu (Belgium) 1.17
8 Mark Jamieson (Australia) 1.18
Finish - km 37.9
1 Mikhail Ignatiev (Russian Federation) 47.24
2 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukraine) 0.34
3 Peter Latham (New Zealand) 0.37
4 Martin Mortensen (Denmark) 0.50
5 Simon Spilak (Slovenia) 1.12
6 Mark Jamieson (Australia) 1.26
7 Andrei Kunitski (Belarus) 1.38
8 Lasse Bochman (Denmark) 1.42
9 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Italy)
10 Tyler Farrar (USA) 1.44
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