Elite Men time trial: Montecatini Terme - Florence 57km

By Cyclingnews.com

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 11.00pm

German powerhouse retains TT rainbow jersey from Wiggins and Cancellara

This article originally appeared on Cyclingnews.com.

Tony Martin (Germany) secured his third individual world championship time trial title with a virtuoso display in Florence, Italy. The German secured his third straight rainbow jersey in a time of 1:05:36.65, setting the fastest times through all but one of the intermediate time checks.

Olympic time trial champion Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) earned a silver medal, 46 seconds adrift of Martin. Four-time world champion Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) had to accept third, a further two seconds back on Wiggins after the British rider had overhauled what had been a 24-second deficit to the Swiss rider.

Last year's silver medallist Taylor Phinney (United States of America) had to settle for fifth, with Vasil Kiryienka, third in 2012, claiming fourth.

However, there was no doubt about Martin's domination. The German, efficient and effective as he churned a huge gear, set off in the 79-man field. Over a course that perfectly suited his rigidity and power, Martin was simply a class apart with the main fight for silver and bronze the focal point from just over the half-way point.

Martin rides past the basilica of santa maria del fiore: martin rides past the basilica of santa maria del fiore

Martin rides past the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore

Cancellara had started out the more sprightly of the two. The former time trial king missed last year's event through injury, but after a string of wins in the Spring Classics and an eye-catching win against Martin in the Vuelta a Espana time trial earlier in the month, many had tipped him to roll back the years and claim his fifth world title. Wiggins, fresh from his overall win in the Tour of Britain, set off before both of his main rivals and at one stage, it looked as though he would be locked in a battle for bronze with his Sky teammate Kiryienka. However the British rider paced his race, and although he was never on terms with Martin - unlike Cancellara - he was able to beat off Cancellara's fading challenge for second spot on the podium.


Full Results 1 Tony Martin (Germany) 1:05:37
2 Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) 0:00:46
3 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) 0:00:48
4 Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) 0:01:26
5 Taylor Phinney (United States of America) 0:02:08
6 Rasmus Christian Quaade (Denmark) 0:02:36
7 Marco Pinotti (Italy) 0:02:42
8 Adriano Malori (Italy) 0:02:51
9 Gustav Larsson (Sweden) 0:02:58
10 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus) 0:03:00
11 Jan Barta (Czech Republic) 0:03:07
12 Rohan Dennis (Australia) 0:03:09
13 Nicolas Roche (Ireland) 0:03:13
14 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spain) 0:03:14
15 Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Portugal) 0:03:14
16 Kristof Vandewalle (Belgium) 0:03:17
17 Richie Porte (Australia) 0:03:23
18 Vladimir Gusev (Russian Federation) 0:03:28
19 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kazakhstan) 0:03:36
20 Bert Grabsch (Germany) 0:03:41
21 Jesse Sergent (New Zealand) 0:03:46
22 Sylvain Chavanel (France) 0:03:48
23 Aleksejs Saramotins (Latvia) 0:03:56
24 Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) 0:03:59
25 Niki Terpstra (Netherlands) 0:04:01
26 Carlos Ivan Oyarzun Guinez (Chile) 0:04:06
27 Lieuwe Westra (Netherlands) 0:04:07
28 Maciej Bodnar (Poland) 0:04:18
29 Jérémy Roy (France) 0:04:27
30 Riccardo Zoidl (Austria) 0:04:40
31 Serghei Tvetcov (Republic of Moldova) 0:04:47
32 Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania) 0:04:50
33 Bob Jungels (Luxembourg) 0:04:59
34 Nikolay Mihaylov (Bulgaria) 0:04:59
35 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain) 0:05:05
36 Tobias Ludvigsson (Sweden) 0:05:07
37 Matthias Brandle (Austria) 0:05:11
38 Patrick Gretsch (Germany) 0:05:14
39 Tiago Machado (Portugal) 0:05:29
40 Ilnur Zakarin (Russian Federation) 0:05:34
41 Alex Dowsett (Great Britain) 0:05:47
42 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (South Africa) 0:05:53
43 Alex Rasmussen (Denmark) 0:05:57
44 Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece) 0:06:00
45 Andriy Vasylyuk (Ukraine) 0:06:04
46 Andrew Talansky (United States of America) 0:06:05
47 Matej Jurco (Slovakia) 0:06:15
48 Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan) 0:06:19
49 Thomas De Gendt (Belgium) 0:06:25
50 Kristijan Koren (Slovenia) 0:06:26
51 Reto Hollenstein (Switzerland) 0:06:26
52 Rafaa Chtioui (Tunisia) 0:06:31
53 Gert Joeaar (Estonia) 0:06:49
54 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eritrea) 0:06:49
55 Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa) 0:06:53
56 Sam Bewley (New Zealand) 0:07:00
57 King Lok Cheung (Hong Kong, China) 0:07:02
58 Leandro Messineo (Argentina) 0:07:23
59 Gediminas Bagdonas (Lithuania) 0:07:38
60 Hyeong Min Choe (Korea) 0:07:45
61 Mykhaylo Kononenko (Ukraine) 0:07:47
62 Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzbekistan) 0:07:52
63 Spas Gyurov (Bulgaria) 0:07:57
64 Samuel Pökälä (Finland) 0:08:11
65 Elchin Asadov (Azerbaijan) 0:08:21
66 Andrei Nechita (Romania) 0:08:31
67 Rafael Infantino Abreu (Colombia) 0:09:15
68 David Albos Cavaliere (Andorra) 0:09:40
69 Meran Russan (Eritrea) 0:09:42
70 Jose Ragonessi (Ecuador) 0:09:44
71 Segundo Navarrete (Ecuador) 0:09:51
72 Zhupa Eugert (Albania) 0:09:55
73 Jiyong Kang (Korea) 0:11:00
74 Uri Martins (Mexico) 0:11:45
75 Ahmed Albourdainy (Qatar) 0:12:12
76 Gustavo Mino (Paraguay) 0:15:13
77 Nazir Jaser (Syrian Arab Republic) 0:15:14

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