UCI World Championships – U23 and Womens ITT

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I’ve been absolutely flat out over the past few days. It reminds me of the 200hr long marathons we used to pull when responding to tenders for Telstra and the like.  This has been much better though. Attending a conference I actually enjoy and mingling with the best cyclists in the World. It’s definitely been a “good” flat out!

I have to be honest I wasn’t able to watch much of the ITT races yesterday and don’t have much insight to what happened other than what I’ve read on the media releases. James Broadway and the infamous Stefano Sirotti were there taking photos however which I’ve posted below.

Today is the Men’s ITT.  The start times are posted at the bottom and I’m really looking forward to immersing myself in this.  OneHD has excellent coverage of the Worlds so if you can’t get out of work, you can at least go to a cafe or pub for a “meeting”.

Photos courtesy of James Broadway and Stefano Sirotti

It’s showtime for Alex Dowsett. We bumped into him last week in training and he was pretty excited about his chances.

Poor Alex Dowsett. He was one of the favorites for the U23 ITT. He rolled a tyre as he swung into the final corner of the first of two laps and had to finish on a road bike. Gutted!

Luke Durbridge (Aus), Taylor Phinney (USA), Marcel Kittel (GER)

From the media release: ” Phinney (USA), the dual world individual pursuit champion covered the 31.6km course in 42 minutes 50 seconds to pip Luke Durbridge (AUS) by 1.9 seconds.   Phinney started slowly, and was 32 seconds behind Durbridge at the first time check at 6.6km before reeling in the difference to take the lead from the Australian with around five kilometers left to ride. The gap was the smallest winning margin since Australian Michael Rogerswas beaten by just one second at the 1999 world championships by Spain’s Jose Ivan Gutierrez.”

Women’s ITT

Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (FRA) finishes 4th at the young age of 51!

Emma Pooley (GBR) became the first British rider to win the women’s world time trial title after blitzing the field to lead at all three time checks and cover the 22.8km course in 32 minutes 48.44 seconds, 15 seconds ahead of silver medalist Judith Arndt (GER). Linda Melanie Villumsen(NZL) was a further 0.63 seconds behind for bronze.

The Geelong podium girls dress in a Mennonite theme in honor of Landis being here

Don’t forget to drop by the Rapha / Northside Wheelers booth in the Bikeshop expo on Cunningham Pier!  I’ll be kicking around there as well, so stop by and say g’day.

Men’s ITT Start Times

The elite men’s time trial starts at 1:00pm.  Michael Rogers, Australia’s three time world time trial champion starts at 3.20pm. Richie Porte, starts at 4.16pm, and the other triple world champion Fabian Cancellara will be after for a record fourth rainbow jersey when he leaves as the last rider at 4.18pm.

By my calculations you should start showing your boss a sneeze and sniffle at 11am, leave work early with a full-blown cold at 2:30pm, and get your butt to Geelong for the next two days!

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