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Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 11, 2016

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In Thursday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Cancellara smashes Rio time trial to take second Olympic gold medal; Experience pays off in gold as Kristin Armstrong wins rainy Olympic time trial; Trentin takes Tour de l’Ain opener; Hosking wins Route de France sprint; WorldTour teams vote to skip the TTT world championships; Human rights group urges UCI to reject Bahrain-Merida team; Giant-Alpecin signs young talent; Possible tensions between Cavendish and Wiggins on eve of track start; Italian anti-doping authorities test under 13 youths; Yorkshire a possible host for European championships; Dan Craven uses Twitter to decide on Olympic TT start; From bobsled track to velodrome; Route de France on-board highlights; Calculate your VO2 max; BMX rider Daniel Dhers rides salt ramps

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Cancellara smashes Rio time trial to take second Olympic gold medal

by Neal Rogers

On a hilly Olympic time trial course that appeared to favor lighter — and younger — riders, Fabian Cancellara turned back the clock, and defied all expectations, to smash the competition and win a second Olympic gold medal Wednesday in Pontal, just west of Rio de Janeiro.

The medal bookends his Olympic time-trial victory in Beijing in 2008, as well as his four world TT titles earned between 2006 and 2010.

The Trek-Segafredo rider executed a flawless performance on the wet, challenging Grumari circuit that was also used in the men’s and women’s road races over the weekend. The men’s time trial course covered two laps of the 29.8km Grumari circuit.

While the battle for silver and bronze was tight, Cancellara blasted the 54.5km (33.9-mile) course in a time of 1:12:15; 47 seconds faster than Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands), and 1:02 faster than bronze medalist Chris Froome (Great Britain). Spain’s Jonathan Castroviejo put in a solid ride, missing the bronze medal by just five seconds, to finish fourth.

It was an emotional victory for Cancellara; the three-time winner of both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix is riding in the final season of his storied 16-year career.

1. ch
CANCELLARA Fabian
Switzerland
01:01:53
2. nl
DUMOULIN Tom
Netherlands
0:33
3. gb
FROOME Christopher
Great Britain
0:41
4. au
DENNIS Rohan
Australia
0:53
5. es
CASTROVIEJO Jonathan
Spain
0:56
6. pl
BODNAR Maciej
Poland
1:31
7. es
IZAGIRRE Ion
Spain
1:37
8. gb
THOMAS Geraint
Great Britain
2:00
9. pt
OLIVEIRA Nelson
Portugal
2:01
10. si
ROGLIč Primož
Slovenia
2:13
11. cz
KöNIG Leopold
Czech Republic
2:34
12. de
MARTIN Tony
Germany
2:44
13. de
GESCHKE Simon
Germany
2:55
14. pl
KWIATKOWSKI Michal
Poland
2:56
15. by
KIRYIENKA Vasil
Belarus
3:03
16. cz
BáRTA Jan
Czech Republic
3:11
17. at
PREIDLER Georg
Austria
3:13
18. ua
GRIVKO Andrei
Ukraine
3:27
19. be
WELLENS Tim
Belgium
3:38
20. dk
JUUL-JENSEN Christopher
Denmark
4:00
21. ca
HOULE Hugo
Canada
-
22. us
PHINNEY Taylor
United States
4:30
23. us
BOOKWALTER Brent
United States
4:46
24. kz
ZEITS Andrey
Kazakhstan
5:34
25. ar
SEPúLVEDA Eduardo
Argentina
5:48
26. by
SIUTSOU Kanstantsin
Belarus
5:58
27. it
CARUSO Damiano
Italy
6:03
28. fr
VUILLERMOZ Alexis
France
6:45
29. no
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
Norway
6:52
30. ru
KOCHETKOV Pavel
Russia
7:43
31. ir
MIZBANI IRANAGH Ghader
Iran
7:50
32. ma
LAHSAINI Mouhssine
Morocco
10:37
33. fr
ALAPHILIPPE Julian
France
10:43
34. tr
ÖRKEN Ahmet
Turkey
12:41
35. na
CRAVEN Dan
Namibia
13:15

 

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Today’s feature image comes from the women’s Olympic time trial.

  • James_Casper

    Dennis quite stiff. Forced bike change and yet still finished only 20 secs behind silver medal place.

    Only reason Froome medaled. Though that didn’t stop the gushing and the almost hyperbole superlatives being thrown his way on the CN live feed.

    Joke.

  • Bärlach

    Dan is the man!

    • Francesjelder4

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  • Kieran Degan

    Women’s results are around the wrong way. It says in the table that Armstrong finished second. Cheers

    • Bex

      Looks like its from the first time check. If you look at the full results down the bottom list it shows what looks more like the finishing list.

      • thanks guys. Our results feed seems to be having a few problems today

  • Legstrong

    I wondered what Carmen Small is thinking now. Selection drama aside, could she beat Kristin’s time? On top of that, could she work like Kristin on the road race, chasing and controlling the break away and ultimately set a good momentum for Mara. Pretty hard to top that IMO.

  • donncha

    Can seems to be angling for a charity gold.

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