Rampant Rogers takes time trial title

Determined to win this year's world time trial title outright after inheriting last year's, Michael

Determined to win this year's world time trial title outright after inheriting last year's, Michael
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Michael Rogers has been presented with a rainbow jersey for the second time in just a few hours after crushing the opposition in today's world time trial championship in Bardolino. The 24-year-old Australian finished a huge 1-12 up on Germany's Michael Rich, with Alexandre Vinokourov another 13 seconds back in the bronze medal position. Recently declared the winner of last year's championship following David Millar's admission of drug taking, Rogers was officially presented with his rainbow jersey for that success in a ceremony held in Verona this morning. Rich too was part of that occasion as he was promoted into the bronze medal position, while team-mate Uwe Peschel was awarded the silver. However, Rogers made clear that he wanted to win the title in his own right and has spent the last few weeks preparing for today's race. He felt that the rolling course suited his strengths perfectly, and was determined to prove that assertion. Vinokourov was actually the quickest to the first checkpoint after a flat six kilometres alongside Lake Garda, with Peschel second and USA's David Zabriskie third, just fractions of a second ahead of Rogers. Twenty kilometres on after a long climb to Pazzon and a run south parallel to the lake, Rogers, last off as the defending champion, was 31 seconds faster than Vinokourov and extending that lead. At this check, Rich was still back in sixth place, but his pure speed on the flat run into the finish took him past Vinokourov and into the lead with only Rogers still out on the course. But while Rich had been impressive on that last section, Rogers was simply stupendous in carving out a lead so big that there was plenty of time for him to celebrate his victory coming into the line and still finish with a huge margin of victory. 1 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step 46.75km in 57.30 (48.78kph) 2 Michael Rich (Ger) Gerolsteiner 1.12 3 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile 1.25 4 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Fassa Bortolo 1.33 5 David Zabriskie (USA) US Postal 1.36 6 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 1.37 7 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank 1.56 8 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo 2.10 9 Jos Ivan Gutierrez (Spa) Illes Balears 2.23 10 Uwe Peschel (Ger) Gerolsteiner 2.28 11 Andrea Peron (Ita) CSC 2.32 12 Brian Vandborg (Den) CSC 2.34 13 Bert Roesems (Bel) Relax-Bodysol 2.36 14 Eddy Seigneur (Fra) RAGT 2.41 15 David McCann (Ire) 2.44 16 Przemyslaw Niemec (Pol) Miche 2.59 17 Dmitri Semov (Rus) Miche 3.05 18 Bart Voskamp (Hol) Chocolade Jacques 3.07 19 Ivailo Gabrovski (Bul) 3.16 20 Serhiy Matveyev (Ukr) Panaria 3.38 23 Eric Wohlberg (Can) 3.48 26 Brad McGee (Aus) fdjeux.com 4.08 36 Tom Danielson (USA) Fassa Bortolo 5.06 39 David O'Loughlin (Ire) 5.32
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