Cancellara wins third gold in time trial

25th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara won first place at the world road race championships on Thursday.

Mendrisio -- Swiss ace Fabian Cancellara won his third career gold in the men's time trial at the world road race championships on Thursday.

Gustav Larsson of Sweden finished second to take the silver medal while Germany's Tony Martin finished for the bronze.

Cancellara, who won the world title in both 2006 and 2007, averaged a speed of just over 51 kilometres per hour for the 49.8 kilometre course, which he completed in 57 minutes and 55 seconds.

Larsson completed the course in 59:22 and Martin was two minutes behind the Swiss.

Cancellara's third career gold in the time trial matches the record set by Australia's Michael Rogers, who won the world title three years in a row.

The 28-year-old Swiss started second last of the 66 cyclists and one minute ahead of Germany's champion Bert Grabsch.

Crowned Olympic champion in Beijing in 2008 but deciding not to compete in Varese, Italy due to fatigue, by the first time check at 9.16 kilometres Cancellara was winning.

He removed Martin from the provisional top spot by 18 seconds, and as the race continued in and around the small southern Swiss town he overtook challengers who had started minutes before him.

At the second time check at 16.6 kilometres Cancellara held a lead of 38 seconds on Martin and 46 on Larsson.

Britain's Bradley Wiggins by then was over a minute behind Cancellara.

At the 25.7 kilometre mark Cancellara was 1:17 faster than Martin, and shortly afterwards he overtook Wiggins and Sebastien Rosseler, who had started two and four minutes ahead of him.

As Wiggins neared the end of the circuit, he tried to fix an apparent problem with his front derailleur before getting off his bike and throwing it to the ground.

After Cancellara rode over the line first, Wiggins finished in 20th place.

AFP / Justin Davis / Expatica

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