Tony Martin secured the perfect result at the Cycling World Time Trial Championships over a flat 58km course in Tuscany, Florence on Wednesday afternoon.
The German time-trial specialist won by over 46 seconds from Olympic Champions Bradley Wiggins with Fabian Cancellara a further three seconds behind in third.
Its a third win in a row for Martin at the Cycling World Time Trial Championships, he won in 2011 and 2012 and also won a stage at this years Tour de France.
Irish rider Nicolas Roche cycled one of his best ever time trails to finish in 13th place just over three minutes behind Martin. Its a great sign for the Irish rider who will be hoping for a top ten finish in Sundays Elite Mens road race.
1 – TOny Martin
2 – Bradley Wiggins
3- Fabian CAncelara
4 – Vasil Kiyienka
5 – Taylor Phinney
6 – Rasmus Quaade
7 – Marco Pinotti
8 – Adriano Malori
9 – Gustav Larsson
10 – Kanstantsin Siutsou
11 – Jan Barta
12 – Rohan Dennis
13 – Nicolas Roche +3:13:35
With 79 starters in the Elite Men’s TT, Roche was the 44th rider to start. The 57.86km course was relatively flat, with time checks at three points en route. The Irishman, who has been in strong form this season, had a particularly strong middle section of the race, which put him inside his pre-race goal of a top 15 finish.
Speaking after the race, Head Coach Brian Nugent said “as Nicolas was going through the check points, he was consistently in the top 3-4 spots; he rode a great time trial; really strong in the middle section. Nicolas has performed well in the Time Trial stages of Tours this year, so he decided to spend some time preparing for the Worlds. He beat a lot of good time trial specialists out there today.
“The focus is now on the Road Races at the weekend. Nicolas has 4 days to recover for Sunday’s road race.”
Next up for the Irish Team is the Junior Men’s Road Race on Saturday morning; and the Elite Women’s Road Race on Saturday afternoon. The Elite Men’s Road Race takes placeon Sunday afternoon. Nugent said “The whole team is in great shape, and up for the road races.”
The Junior Men’s Road Race will be raced over 140km, with Eddie Dunbar, Dylan Foley and Mark Downey flying the flag at 7.30am Irish time. The Elite Women’s Road Race will be run on the same course, with Olivia Dillon and Melanie Spath representing Ireland.
The Championships run from the 22nd – 29th September, in Florence, Italy.
Elite Men’s Time Trial
Gold Tony Martin (Germany) 01:05:36:65
Silver Bradley Wiggans (GB)
Bronze Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) +0:00:48:34
13th Nicolas Roche (IRELAND)
Saturday 28th September:
Junior Men Road Race:
RESERVE: Matthew Doyle
Elite Women Road Race:
Sunday 29th September:
Elite Men Road Race:
RESERVE: Philip Lavery
Official European Championships Website: http://www.toscana2013.it
Cycling Ireland Website: www.cyclingireland.ie