World Championships - CM
Stuttgart, Germany, September 26-30, 2007
Results & report
Race 3 - September 27: Elite men's time trial - 2 laps, 44.9km
Complete live report
Live commentary by Hedwig Kröner, Susan Westemeyer and Bjorn Haake
Live coverage starts: 12:50 CEST
Estimated finish: 16:30 CEST
Hello and welcome back to the Cyclingnews live coverage of the 2007
World Championships from Stuttgart, where a nice drizzle accompanies the eight
degrees centigrade. Not great time trial conditions, but a maybe a guarantee
that the strongest will win. Also, you can watch the 2007 UCI World Road Championships,
On-Demand Webcast at WCSN.com. Click Here.
As we noted, the weather has changed,
and not for the better. The rain that was predicted for yesterday has arrived
and it will make things tricky on this technically demanding course. We hope
that everyone stays upright!
Australian Ben Day has just passed
the Swiss rider who started a minute before him.
We'll be looking a time of about
an hour today, but of course the rain could slow that down.
There is a real dearth of fans on
the sidewalks. But it is not only a workday, but a rather unpleasant fall day
- who can blame them for staying inside today?
Jürgen Van Den Broeck of Belgium
is underway, and so far he has set the best times at the intermediate time checks.
We admit that we don't have a clear overview right now, but will do our best
to figure out just what the heck is going on.
David Millar has shared his thoughts
on the course. "It's hard, but not as hard as the profile suggests. It is not
the easiest course, but the easiest course is not always the fastest."
Van Den Broeck has just crossed the
finish line for the first time and he has the fastest time. At 28'34"33, he
is ahead of Ben Day who is second.
Van den Broeck was only the fourth
rider to start, so no one has come through the finish yet.
Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain) is
sixth as he passes the finish line for the first time. It's still raining -
Ben Day looks powerful in his aero
position, pushing a pretty big gear on a straight passage at the moment. We're
waiting for his next intermediate time.
42'04" at the 31.1 km-mark. But Jurgen
Van Den Broeck (Belgium) is already faster than the Australian.
Let us take a look at the various
favourites for the crown today. First of all, there is of course the current
World Champion in the discipline, 'Spartacus' Fabian Cancellara. The Swiss powerhouse
should be in top form to defend his title, but he has played down his chances
to the media in recent days, saying that he had more racing days in his legs
this season compared to last, and that he might be more tired. "I can't hope
to win with more than a minute advance this year," he smiled.
on the list would be Cancellara's teammate at CSC, American Dave Zabriskie.
The man with the driest humour in the peloton was runner-up to the Swiss last
year, and certainly has the rainbow jersey targeted. But will he be able to
get the most out of his time trialing talent on this particular course, which
provides quite a lot of rhythm changes? We shall see.
include Russians Vladimir Gusev and Vladimir Karpets, British Bradley Wiggins
and David Millar, Laszlo Bodrogi of Hungary, José Ivan Gutierrez of Spain, German
Sebastian Lang and the young Belgian Dominique Cornu, last year's U23 World
Champion. We think the course could well be suited to the Spaniard Gutierrez,
who got second in Madrid in 2005 - on a circuit more similar to this one. But
really, can anyone of the above mentioned beat the reigning World Champion of
Benoît Vaugrenard (France) is riding
alongside Van Den Broeck now.
Swiss Michael Schär comes in seventh
fastest through the 31.1km-mark, carefully speeding out of a corner. Ben Day
should be approaching the finish soon.
There are a few more spectators out
on the course now. Also it seems the rain has finally stopped!! Streets are
still wet, of course...
Day is struggling up that last hill
before the finish, now in the last bend. He comes in... 59'27" for the Australian.
Vaugrenard and Van Den Broeck are
arriving, now, too. The Belgian sets the new best time: 58.44.48.
Svein Tuft of Canada comes in with
the third best time, 59.27.
A very dour but rather nervous looking
Muradjan Khalmurtov of Uzbekistan takes to the course.
Colombia's Serpa Perez comes in in
fourth, at 1.00.30
Michi Schär of Switzerland grimaces
as he makes his way up that last long climb to the finish, which he reaches
as sixth fastest.
Dmytro Grabovskyy of the Ukraine
must like this cool weather -- he is out there in short sleeves!
The maple leafs are out on the course.
Hopefully not those falling from the trees, because they could pose a danger
to the riders. But these maple leafs are on the jersey of Ryder Hesjedal of
At the 8 km time check, Vincenzo
Nibali of Italy has the best time, 5 seconds faster than Van Den Broeck. It's
still a long way to go, though.
Andrei Kunitski of White Russia takes
over the lead, with a final time of 58.19. He stands out because he is wearing
different colour gloves, one green, and one orangey-red -- and both rather florescent.
We still see a raindrop every now
and then on the windshield of our Mercedes SLK 55 AMG. We do not like this.
Neither do the riders.
It occurs to us that we owe Grabovskyy
a "y" which we left off the first time we wrote his name.
Hesjedal is second fastest at the
8.4km time check, with a time of 11.33, which is 2.93 behind the leader.
Matti Helminen takes the lead at
that same time check. He is Finnish and is wearing a nifty blue Trikot
with a large white cross. And his gloves match each other.
Unfortunately, in this doping-stricken
2007 season, the World's in Stuttgart are in no way spared of polemics and turmoil.
German host broadcaster ZDF, which is providing the international TV signal
for all other TV stations throughout the world, is threatening not to broadcast
the Road Race on Sunday if the current World Champion Paolo Bettini takes the
start. ZDF had already done this during the Tour de France, so we know they're
Bettini has allegedly being accused by former teammate
Patrick Sinkewitz of providing him with testosterone gel, for which he tested
positive in June. This is the same doping case that led public TV channels ARD
and ZDF to stop the live broadcast of the Tour in July. Moreover, Bettini allegedly
didn't sign the UCI commitment "for a cleaner cycling", which annoys the Stuttgart
organisers even more. In August, when the Germans debated on whether to hold
the Worlds or not, they had asked the UCI to only allow those riders to the
event that signed the agreement to pay a year's salary in case of a positive
doping test. If Bettini takes the start, the UCI will face yet another court
case. To top things off, German Minister of the Interior Wolfgang Schäuble yesterday
announced he would freeze the 150.000 Euros subsidies for the town of Stuttgart
in the light of the latest events. So Stuttgart needs the money.
Now, as the UCI - organiser of the World's - doesn't have the power to stop
Bettini from racing on these allegations alone, they would have to ask the Italian
Olympic Committee CONI to open a disciplinary procedure against him before Sunday,
for which Sinkewitz would have to re-iterate his allegations in Italy first.
To add to the thriller, the young German always talked about Bettini as his
mentor and one of his best friends when they were at Quick.Step together...
And as if we didn't have enough problems
in the sport as it is, another political standoff in currently unfolding as
regards the ProTour. The organisers of the Grand Tours still don't want to be
part of it, and have not accepted the UCI's latest
proposal, a rather complicated re-arrangement of the calendar which would
probably not add to cycling's transparency. Watch out for news on this topic
as the UCI ProTour council will hold a meeting in Stuttgart today.
Nibali is going along now. The young
Italian does the time check at 41.21. Remember, you can watch the 2007 UCI World
Road Championships, On-Demand Webcast at WCSN.com. Click Here.
Canadian Tuft tops the leader board
at the time check, Victor Hugo Peña (Col) is in second.
The conditions dry, but it is cold
The organisers are quickly fixing a banner that fell on
the road. Good timing because here comes Ricardo Martins (Por)!
Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) gently guides
his machine through a left hand fader. The kid looks good today. Last night
Cyclingnews visited the two Italians at their hotel. Nibali and Marco
Pinotti (Ita) had a quick chat with us before heading off to dinner.
Matti Helminen (Fin) hits the time
check at 41.29.
Kristjan Fajt (Slo) focuses. He is
looking down the barrel of a 44.9km run.
Fajt blasts out of the start house.
Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) is powering
towards the finish. He has his forearms resting on the TT bar pads; his Cannondale
machine is rocking to his Italian rhythms. He left at 13:31 on his run, and
he will be finishing soon.
Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) rolls off. We
are not sure if he has signed a new contract for 2008. His team, Discovery Channel,
will fold its operations at the end of 2007.
Vai Nibali. He hammers it with style
and grace through a sharp right hand corner. Number 45 approaches the line.
Fans are going nuts! I tifosi.
Andriy Grivko (Ukr) starts his ride.
Here comes the Italian. Vincenzo
Nibali (Ita) completes his run in a time of 58.23, 4'16" down on the provisional
leader. A good run by a promising young Italian. That time will slot him in
Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) crosses
himself. He is in a dark red kit of Latvia, topped with his trade team lid of
The second of two Italians will start
soon. Marco Pinotti (Ita) is a two-time national TT champ in this discipline.
China's Haijun Ma comes home with a time of 1.00.11.
'Pino' was very relaxed at the hotel
last night. He knows he stands a good chance, but he does not put too much pressure
on himself. He said he was actually surprised he got selected this year after
his 'poor' performance of last year.
Ryder Hesjedal (Can) finishes
with a time of 58.49.
Matti Helminen (Fin) comes home with 58.13.
Adam Hansen (Aus) is off and running.
Tall, green and gold, on top of a magenta coloured TT machine.
Matti Helminen (Fin) is waiting.
He leads the provisional standings, and the UCI have him sitting in a tent watching
the following riders try to break his time. (58.13)
Orange power. Joost Posthuma (Ned)
is trying to do what his U23 compatriot Boom did yesterday; slam his rivals
and head home with a rainbow-coloured top.
Andrey Mizourov (Kaz) heads towards
the time check. He posts 28 minutes and some change.
David Millar is warming up under
a tent, to stay nice and dry. For now anyways. He will start in about 20 minutes.
Belohvosciks of Latvia is labouring
hard. The hill is steeper than it looks, as Emma Pooley put it yesterday.
Grabsch posts a new best time at
km22. He has 28 minutes and is around 19 seconds faster than Nibali.
Here were the top five at the first
time check, about 10 minutes ago.
Time check 1
1 Matti Helminen (Fin)
2 Bert Grabsch (Ger) 0.23
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) 2.40
4 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) 5.41
5 Raivis Belohvosciks (Lat) 5.66
Gustaav Larsson (Sweden) has the
fourth best time at the 22-kilometre check, 28'16". Nibali has a 28'09". He
is actually nine seconds slower than Grabsch, not 19. Helminen is third at this
Andrey Mizurov (Kazakhstan) posts
the second best time at kilometre 31, 4 seconds slower than the best time. Andriy
Grivko (Ukraine) came through just before him, posting the sixth best time.
The two started within one minute of each other
Raivis Belohvosciks (Latvia)
is passing his one minute man, Dimitri Champion (France). The Frenchman doesn't
feel good about it, but he tries to stay close.
Sebastian Lang rolls off the ramp.
He is very motivated on home soil.
Grabsch is on fire. He comes through
42 seconds faster than Nibali at the third check. He has passed Pinotti and
is closing on his two minute man, Brian Vandborg, who isn't particularly known
as snail in the time trials. He was Danish champion last year.
Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Belgium) had
a simple answer on who will win the time trial. "Cancellara" was the quick answer.
No more questions, then.
Millar now starts, in his British
coloured time trial suit. Stef Clement is also on the course now.
Grabsch, Pinotti and Vandborg are
lined up with 50 metres between each other. Looks beautiful, but the roundabout
and the tram tracks momentarily interrupt the beauty of the line up.
Bradley Wiggins is off, while US
champ David Zabriskie is still warming up.
Andrey Mizurov (Kazakhstan) has the
new best time. He is almost half a minute faster than the Finnish rider, Helminen!
Dutchman Stef Clement has a new best
time at the first check, eight seconds faster. Will there be another gold medal
for the Oranje?
And Cancellara is off. The defending
champion and London Tour prolog winner is the last rider to start. In a little
less than an hour we will know who will be this year's champ.
Belohvosciks gets second place for
now and will sit down on the hot seat, next to the current leader.
But Bert Grabsch is now taking over
the hot seat. He is the first to be below 57 minutes, 56'53".
Helminen looks on as Grabsch drinks
half a bottle of water. The German is sweating and the name hot seat is definitely
true for him. Larsson shakes his head, as he comes in with the fifth best time.
No medal for the Spaniard. Helminen must know that he will be removed from his
hot seat before the day is over.
Zabriskie looks pretty smooth as
he rides along the German roads. His black, red and blue outfit contrast with
the green of the police man, who is driving ahead of him, but outside the draft
zone. Zabriskie is second at the first check, five seconds slower than Clement.
Gusev is now also on the first check.
He is tenth, 13 seconds slower.
And no surprise - Fabian Cancellara
posts a new best time! He is eight seconds faster than Stef Clement.
Lang comes through the 22-kilometre
mark with a time of 27'54" - five seconds faster than compatriot Grabsch!
Clement is flying! 27'31" and a staggering
22 seconds faster than Lang after 22 kilometres.
Vasili Kiryienka (Belarus) comes
through with 28'02" at the 22km check. Not bad and it puts him in fourth for
Cancellara rides along smoothly with
his big white cross across the red jersey, that is the Swiss wear. Millar comes
through the km22 check with a 28'15. Seventh for now, but definitely not a podium
place for him today.
Bodrogi posts the second best time
at km22, 18 seconds slower than Clement. But Cancellara is outrageously fast.
He already passes Gusev!
Zabriskie is close to the podium
spots. After 22 kilometres he has a 27'58" and is in fourth place.
Cancellara has not surprisingly the
fastest time after 22 kilometres. His 27'12" is 19 seconds faster than Clement.
The latter is still looking good, approaching the next check.
His 40'18" is twenty seconds faster
than Grabsch at the 31km mark.
The 50km/h speed limit that is painted
on the roads doesn't apply today. Which is good, as Cancellara surely would
have to pay a fine. He looks every smooth, but really fast as he rides along
the roads that are pretty dry now,
But one has to be still careful.
Lang almost wipes out as he is trying to slow down before a left hand turn,
going underneath a bridge.
21 year-old Cornu posts the sixth
best time at km 31, a good minute slower than Clement.
Bodrogi passes Spanish champ Gutierrez.
The Hungarian has a good day and posts a 40'42 at the third check 23 seconds
slower than Clement.
Wiggins is approaching the third
check, the right sleeve is blue, the left is red. And his time is 41'18", a
minute behind Clement.
Zabriskie has about the same time
as Wiggins. The American is one second faster than the Brit, but both are about
a minute off the mark.
Make this a minute and 22 seconds,
as Cancellara posts a 39'55", 22 seconds faster than Clement. It doesn't look
the Dutch will get another gold here, but Clement looks to be set for a medal.
Lang does not manage to get compatriot
Grabsch off the hot seat. He posts a 56'58, 5 seconds slower than Grabsch.
But Clement is already approaching
the finish, He will pot a new best. Yes, it's 56'39". He is in first for now.
Cancellara is going like crazy. Out
of the corner he accelerates hard and good thing the motorbike is already well
ahead of him. His speed is incredible.
The Swiss and defending champion
Cancellara goes into the corners quickly. It is still wet in places and we hope
he can stay upright. He took too many risks in the Tour time trial and crashed
Millar is now approaching the line.
He is disappointed, over 58 minutes and 11th for now.
Incredible! Cancellara catches Zabriskie
and passes him quickly!
Cornu comes in with 57'52", while
Bodrogi and Gutierrez keep switching the lead now.
Bodrogi goes past the Spaniard again
and comes through with a 56'33". A new best time! 5 seconds ahead of Clement.
Cornu says he "is very happy". We
don't blame him. His first elite men championships and what a ride he did. Only
21 years of age, he surely will medal at some point in the future.
Cornu is actually ahead of Wiggins,
who is 8th for now.
Cancellara approaches the finish.
55'41"! 52 seconds ahead of Bodrogi! The only rider under 56 minutes.
This was an incredible ride of the
Swiss. In the whole excitement Zabriskie came in almost unnoticed, in 12th,
2'13" down on the winner.
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