|Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain), who most recently became the first British rider to win the Tour de France, rode into Olympic glory once again in the 2012 London Olympic Men's individual time trial Wednesday. Wiggins continued to reach higher speeds throughout the course and stopped the final clock at the finish line at 50:39.54. Reinging World Time Trial Champion Tony Martin (Germany) claimed silver in the event, finishing at 51:21.54. Christopher Froome (Great Britain) secured thr bronze medal, clocking a time of 51:47.87. Taylor Phinney, Marco Pinotti, Michael Rogers, Fabian Cancellara, Bert Grabsch, Jonathan Castroviejo and Janez Brajkovic rounded out the top ten.
Several riders sat at the top of the leader board throughout the day, however, the true battle for the gold, silver and bronze medal did not begin until the final five riders darted out of the start house, onto the course. The three time checks before the finish switched leaders within the top 5 riders with most Tony Martin, Christopher Froome or Bradley Wiggins setting the best times at the three times checks. 2008 Beijing Olympic time trial defending champion, Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) appeared to struggle throughout the course in today's time trial after crashing hard on his shoulder in the Men's Olympic Road Race on Saturday. The Swiss time trial star got worse throughout the 44 kilometer course, placing the 3rd best time at the first time check and finishing seventh at the finish line, over 2 minutes behind Wiggins.
The Olympic Time Trial today also severed another reason for many fans in the sport of cycling, the battle between Christopher Froome and Bradley Wiggins. Both men race for the same trade team and both ride for Great Britiain, but for many fans today was the chance to see which riders was the champion from Great Britian. When Froome crossed the finish line, he set the best time, however the lead would not stand for long as Tony Martin was not far behind and crossed the finish line some 26 seconds quicker than Froome.
The next man to cross the final finish line was eventual winner Bradley Wiggins, who was flying across the course. The Brit flew across the finish line with a new best time ahead of Martin, finishing with a time of 42 seconds faster than Martin. Immediately after finish the 44 kilometer race, it was known that Wiggins would be crowned with the gold medal in his home country as the final man on the course, Fabian Cancellara, was clearly much slower than Wiggins.
The twenty-two year old American time trial hope today was Taylor Phinney from Colorado. The young American, who placed 4th in his first ever Men's Olympic road race on Saturday did a tremendous time trial Wednesday, but yet again only came up with a 4th place, knocked off the podium as Bradley Wiggins finished.
2012 Men's Olympic Individual Time Trial Results
1. 2 WIGGINS Bradley 50:39.54 +
2. 3 MARTIN Tony 51:21.54 +
3. 7 FROOME Christopher 51:47.87 +
4. 4 PHINNEY Taylor 52:38.07 +
5. 6 PINOTTI Marco 52:49.28 +
6. 10 ROGERS Michael 52:51.39 +
7. 1 CANCELLARA Fabian 52:53.71 +
8. 9 GRABSCH Bert 53:18.04 +
9. 19 CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS Jonathan 53:29.36 +
10. 24 BRAJKOVIC Janez 54:09.72 +
11. 13 WESTRA Lieuwe 54:19.62 +
12 12 KIRYIENKA Vasil 54:30.29 +
13. 16 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald 54:30.87 +
14. 29 BAK Lars Ytting 54:33.21 +
15. 18 FUGLSANG Jakob 54:34.49 +
16. 11 LARSSON Gustav 54:35.26 +
17. 22 GILBERT Philippe 54:39.98 +
18. 17 OLIVEIRA Nelson Filipe S. Simoes 54:41.57 +
19. 25 BAUER Jack 54:54.16 +
20. 14 MENCHOV Denis 54:59.26 +
21. 15 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas 55:12.32 +
22. 26 BOOM Lars 55:29.74 +
23. 21 VINOKUROV Alexandr 55:37.05 +
24. 32 BEPPU Fumiyuki 55:40.64 +
25. 23 BODNAR Maciej 55:49.67 +
26. 33 NAZARET Magno Prado 55:50.77 +
27. 30 McCANN David 56:03.77 +
28. 20 HESJEDAL Ryder 56:06.18 +
29. 8 CHAVANEL Sylvain 56:07.67 +
30. 28 ALBASINI Michael 56:38.38 +
31. 31 BAZAYEV Assan 56:40.77 +
32. 5 SANCHEZ GIL Luis Leon 56:59.16 +
33. 36 GIL MARTINEZ Tomas Aurelio 57:05.12 +
34. 37 LAHSAINI Mouhcine 57:25.24 +
35. 27 DUARTE AREVALO Fabio Andres 57:34.20 +
36. 35 HAGHI Alireza 57:41.44 +
37. 34 AKDILEK Ahmet 59:11.19 +
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