Elite men’s time trial
When: Wednesday September 24 2014
Arguably the most important race against the clock takes place on Wednesday in Ponferrada, Spain, as part of the 2014 UCI Road World Championships.
The elite men’s time trial offers the ultimate time trial test – one of the very few stand-alone TTs in the year’s calendar, where pure testers get their chance to shine and possibly earn the chance to wear the coveted rainbow jersey for the following 12 months.
Just as last year, the elite men’s time trial is billed as a fight between defending champion Tony Martin (Germany) and British hope and last year’s silver medallist, Bradley Wiggins. Former champion and 2013 bronze medallist Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) is notably absent, and will concentrate on Sunday’s road race.
Martin looks the most convincing of the challengers, and certainly has the haul of 2014 wins to back up his status as world number one against the clock.
Having missed all three Grand Tours, Wiggins has lacked top-level rides against the clock this season. Although his win in the recent Tour of Britain time trial was convincing, the race lacked both the competition and distance to really show where the Olympic TT champion is in terms of comparative form.
Wiggins is joined by Commonwealth Games time trial champion Alex Dowsett on the British team, and Dowsett is capable of pulling out a good ride despite his lower-than-expected result last year of 41st.
One sad omission from the start list will be USA rider Taylor Phinney. Fifth last year, Phinney suffered from a severe leg injury during the US national road race just days after taking the US time trial title and is still recovering. Instead, US hopes will be pinned on Andrew Talansky and Tejay van Garderen.
We’d also expect to see Rohan Dennis rise up the top ten this year. The Australian was a key part of BMC’s team time trial winning line-up on Sunday. Also expect to see Belarusian duo Vasil Kiryienka and Kanstantsin Siutsou make a strong show, with Italian Adriano Malori, Dutchman Tom Dumoulin and Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel always good bets for a solid time.
The start list (below) numbers 64 riders, starting off at two minute intervals.
Start times are local time, subtract one hour for UK time.
15:36:00 1 MARTIN Tony GERMANY
15:34:00 2 WIGGINS Bradley GREAT BRITAIN
15:32:00 3 DUMOULIN Tom NETHERLANDS
15:30:00 4 MALORI Adriano ITALY
15:28:00 5 DENNIS Rohan AUSTRALIA
15:26:00 6 KIRYIENKA Vasil BELARUS
15:24:00 7 BARTA Jan CZECH REPUBLIC
15:22:00 8 VAN GARDEREN Tejay UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
15:20:00 9 SERGENT Jesse NEW-ZEALAND
15:18:00 10 DOWSETT Alex GREAT BRITAIN
15:16:00 11 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRANCE
15:14:00 12 BODNAR Maciej POLAND
15:12:00 13 VANDEWALLE Kristof BELGIUM
15:10:00 14 QUAADE Rasmus Christian DENMARK
15:08:00 15 TUFT Svein CANADA
15:06:00 16 CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS Jonathan SPAIN
15:04:00 17 BRANDLE Matthias AUSTRIA
15:02:00 18 CATALDO Dario ITALY
15:00:00 19 TALANSKY Andrew UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
14:58:00 20 HANSEN Lasse Norman DENMARK
14:56:00 21 SIUTSOU Kanstantsin BELARUS
14:54:00 22 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas LITHUANIA
14:52:00 23 DILLIER Silvan SWITZERLAND
14:50:00 24 BORGERSEN Reidar Bohlin NORWAY
14:48:00 25 IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel SPAIN
14:46:00 26 VOROBYEV Anton RUSSIAN FEDERATION
14:44:00 27 FOMINYKH Daniil KAZAKHSTAN
14:42:00 28 SEPULVEDA Eduardo ARGENTINA
14:40:00 29 ZOIDL Riccardo AUSTRIA
14:38:00 30 NAVARRETE Segundo ECUADOR
14:36:00 31 ROCHE Nicolas IRELAND
14:34:00 32 OYARZUN GUINEZ Carlos Ivan CHILE
14:32:00 33 SERRY Pieter BELGIUM
14:30:00 34 MACHADO Tiago PORTUGAL
14:28:00 35 KOREN Kristijan SLOVENIA
14:26:00 36 TVETCOV Serghei ROMANIA
14:24:00 37 TEUTENBERG Lars GERMANY
14:22:00 38 KONOVALOVAS Ignatas LITHUANIA
14:20:00 39 GOLOVASH Oleksandr UKRAINE
14:18:00 40 TAARAMAE Rein ESTONIA
14:16:00 41 DER Zsolt HUNGARY
14:14:00 42 SMUKULIS Gatis LATVIA
14:12:00 43 GINGSJO Alexander SWEDEN
14:10:00 44 COPPEL Jerome FRANCE
14:08:00 45 ANACONA GOMEZ Winner COLOMBIA
14:06:00 46 ARNDT Nikias GERMANY
14:04:00 47 TACIAK Mateusz POLAND
14:02:00 48 SANTOS SIMOES OLIVEIRA Nelson Filipe PORTUGAL
14:00:00 49 BREEN Vegard NORWAY
13:58:00 50 MOHORIC Matej SLOVENIA
13:56:00 51 VAKOC Petr CZECH REPUBLIC
13:54:00 52 OVECHKIN Artem RUSSIAN FEDERATION
13:52:00 53 SADIKI Veli FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
13:50:00 54 VASYLYUK Andriy UKRAINE
13:48:00 55 DYACHENKO Alexsandr KAZAKHSTAN
13:46:00 56 KANGERT Tanel ESTONIA
13:44:00 57 ASADOV Elchin AZERBAIJAN
13:42:00 58 FEJES Gabor HUNGARY
13:40:00 59 SARAMOTINS Aleksejs LATVIA
13:38:00 60 PLIUSCHIN Alexandr REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA
13:36:00 61 MINO Gustavo PARAGUAY
13:34:00 62 LUDVIGSSON Tobias SWEDEN
13:32:00 63 NECHITA Andrei ROMANIA
13:30:00 64 POPSTEFANOV Gorgi FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA
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Men Elite ITT, 12.30-16.20: LIVE on BBC website and red button, highlights on BBC website soon after
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