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Martin vs Phinney a class ahead of the rest
Sep 20th, 12. Tony Martin and Taylor Phinney were a class ahead of the rest of the field in the men's elite time trial at the UCI Road World Championships today.
Germany's Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) successfully defended his title with a time of 58:38 on the 45.7km course while the American from BMC Racing Team finished just 5sec slower.
The next best rider, Vasil Kiryienka of Belarus (Movistar Team), finished a huge 1m45s after Martin.
Phinney's countryman and teammate Tejay van Garderen placed 4th, another 5sec back.
Phinney, who was unlucky to place just off the podium in 4th place at both the Olympic road and time trial events, said he wasn't aware of his progress out on course.
He was fastest at the first intermediate checkpoint (14.3 km), 13sec down on Martin at the second (29.7 km) and trailing by 8sec at the third (37.9 km).
"When you look at my time checks and my power files I was certainly hitting my marks. I knew I was on a good time when I could see (Fredrik) Kessiakoff as I was climbing the Cauberg.
"This definitely makes me hungry to work really hard in the off season, especially when you look at my performances at the Olympics. To be so close to a career and life-changing moment makes me want to work even harder next year to reach my goals."
One rider who was disappointed with his result today was Spain's Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Tinkoff Bank). He finished 9th.
"It was a really tough time trial", said Contador who was overtaken by Martin out on course. "I had a hard time taking the pace at first and then, when I saw that the car was not back and that Tony Martin was approaching, psychologically is hard to continue when someone overcomes you, but I knew he was going to be very strong here."
Five time Italian TT Champion Marco Pinotti (BMC) had the worst of day's today. He had the 5th fastest time at the 2nd time check before crashing on a left-hand bend where the road was still wet. He tried to continue, but with what he now knows is a broken left collarbone, he was soon off the bike for good.
"I was enjoying the race so much and I knew this time I was going to reach the podium," Pinotti said while undergoing X-rays at Maastricht University in The Netherlands. "This sport is too cruel."
Pinotti, who coaches NZ's Linda Villumsen who won bronze in the women's TT yesterday, will undergo surgery in Belgium tomorrow.
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