The 2010 UCI Road World Championships kicked off its second day in host city Geelong, Australia today. On Wednesday American Taylor Phinney won the under-23 time trial title and Brit Emma Pooley won the elite women’s time trial title.
Today was the elite men’s time trial race of 45.4 kilometers (28.2 miles). It was a two-lap run over the same course as the elite women on Wednesday. Olympic time trial champion Fabian Cancellara had the winning time of 58 minutes 9 seconds and got the gold medal and the rainbow jersey for another year. British rider David Millar won silver coming in 1 minute and 2 seconds later. Tony Martin of Germany won his second bronze when he came in 10 seconds after Millar.
Cancellara also rode into record books today by being the only cyclist so far to win four time trial titles. Previously Spartacus had been tied at three TT titles with Aussie Michael Rogers.
Of his win Cancellara tells Velo News that he’s happy with his hard-earned fourth title. “It’s amazing. It’s maybe the hardest of all my wins because leading up to this I wasn’t sure of my condition. The other guys went really well but I just tried to do what I can,” Cancellara said. “I think today I employed the perfect tactic.””
The race continues Friday October 1 with the under-23 men’s road race that travels 10-times around the same 15.9 km course that the under-23 men’s time trial went. 2010 time trial champion Taylor Phinney, Australian Michael Matthews, 2009 silver-medalist Carlos Betancur and German John Degenkolb among others will all vie for the gold.
The 2010 United Cycling International (UCI) Road World Championships are being held this year in Geelong, Australia from September 29 through October 3. Geelong is located about 75 kilometers (46.6 miles) southwest of Melbourne in the southeastern most state of Victoria.
For the under-23 men’s and elite women’s time trial results click here
Event schedule times approximate:
Friday October 1
Under 23 Men: 159 km (98.8 m) 1 pm
Saturday October 2
Elite Women: 127.2 km (79 m) 1 pm
Sunday October 3
Elite Men: 262.7 km (163.2 m) 10 am