Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) won his first ever world time trial title and and put a halt to Tony Martin’s reign in the Elite Men individual time trial after a nail biting race against the clock in Ponferrada on Wednesday.
Martin was hoping to win for a fourth consecutive time but Wiggins had announced this would be his last ever road race world championships and went out on style, pulling on the rainbow jersey.
Wiggins produced a perfect ride, using his experience and ability to carefully pace his effort on the 57.1km course. Wiggins was slower than Martin at the first time split but was saving his strength for the two late climbs that pushed riders to their limits. He stayed tucked in his aero position and put down huge power on the pedals for as long as he could, gaining a significant margin on the rest of the field.
Wiggins lunged at the finish line and stopped the clock in a time of 56:25. Martin suffered on the climb and lost precious time, finishing 26 seconds slower in 56:51. Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) took the bronze medal with an excellent ride, finishing 40 seconds slower than Wiggins in a time of 57:06.
Wiggins collapsed on the floor after his ride as he tried to recover. He did not know that he had become world champion and only smiled when he was given the thumbs up and told the rainbow jersey was his.
“It’s my last world time trial championship and I’ve finished with a gold medal,” he said. “To add the world title to the British title and the Olympic title means I’ve got the set. Along with the pursuit world titles (on the track), it’s fantastic.”
Wiggins was a Junior world champion on the track back in 1998 and learnt from his experience of racing against the clock. He finished second in the 2013 and 2011 world time trial championships behind Martin but won the gold medal in the event at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Wiggins is only the second Briton to win the rainbow jersey in the Elite Men time trial after Chris Boardman claimed the title in its inaugural year in 1994 in Catania, Italy.
“I knew coming into it that I had the legs. I realised once I saw the course that if I was ever going to beat Tony then it would be on a course like this,” Wiggins said.
“I just went through my routine. I’ve been in this situation so many times in the past and when I know that the condition is there I’m quite relaxed, I know what I have to do on the bike. I knew the different would be made in the final, on that final loop. I paced it perfectly and still had gas in the final. Even on that last descent, I heard that I was 10 seconds up and I was just pushing all the way. I didn’t want to take any risks.”
Wiggins waved and celebrated with the Great Britain team staff after pulling on the world champion’s rainbow jersey. He missed the Tour de France when it started in Britain in July but now seems focused on the twilight of his career on the track and a planned goodbye at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
“It’s been an up and down year, I didn’t ride the Tour, so I want to dedicate this to my family because they’ve been there for me all summer and they had to put up with me when I was at home during July,” he said.
Wiggins confirmed that his next major goal will be the UCI Hour Record on the track in the summer recently set by Jens Voigt. His attempt is expected to take place in June 2015.
The Elite Men event ended the time trial world championships for 2014. Racing on Ponferrada resumes on Friday ontv.uci.ch with with the Junior Women and Under 23 Men road race events on Friday. The Junior Men and Elite Women races will be held on Saturday with the Elite Men road race on Sunday.
After rounds in Poland and France, it was Switzerland’s turn to welcome the UCI Trials World Cup. Tatiana Janickova had her heart set on winning her first round of the season after retaining her world title in Norway a few weeks previously. Right from the start, Janickova, resplendent in her rainbow jersey, put on a powerful, stylish performance. It was a dominant victory marred by just one minor fault in the first round. While Janickova has not stepped down from the podium all season, the same cannot be said of her rivals. Her compatriot Kristina Sykorova, seeking a performance to match her obvious talent, finished second while Swiss rider Debi Studer was on the third step of the podium. This was the first top-three placing for Studer, and what joy it was for her to achieve this in front of her home crowd. Janine Jungfels and Nina Reichenbach were pre-event favourites for podium places but both fell away and will have to wait until next week and the World Cup finale to seek their revenge.
Janickova’s victory increased her lead in the overall ranking of the 2014 UCI Trials World Cup. The Slovak is right on course to retain the title she won last year.
The first final event on Saturday was the Men Elite 26-inch competition. As has been the case all season, three favourites were in contention at the start of the last 12 zones: Gilles Coustellier and Vincent Hermance from France and Jack Carthy from Great Britain. The difficulty of the course had eliminated the podium hopes of the other five finalists. Jack Carthy killed off any suspense by finishing the first round seven points ahead of Vincent Hermance and 10 ahead of World Champion Gilles Coustellier! In the second round, despite a minor error on the most difficult section of the course, the young prodigy retained a 12-point lead over Coustellier. It was a superb performance by the rider recently crowned Junior 26-inch World Champion for the second time.
Behind the leading trio there were creditable performances by juniors Sergi Llongueras (Spain) and Nicolas Vallée (France) who were competing in their first World Cup final. With Carthy’s success, talented young trials riders are targeting the very top of the discipline and threatening to overturn the world hierarchy. Llongueras finished fourth and Rafa Tibau (Spain) was fifth, while French Champion Kevin Aglae came sixth. Vallée finished in seventh place. Giacomo Coustellier withdrew just before the start of the final.
The last final of the World Cup weekend in Moutier, the Men Elite 20-inch event, saw a Spanish whitewash of the podium. Abel Mustieles, leader of the 2014 UCI Trials World Cup, stood proudly on the top step of the podium ahead of World Champion Benito Ros and Ion Aretio. Leading after the first round, Mustieles held all the cards to confirm his win and extend his lead in the overall ranking. It was a powerful, precise display from Mustieles who finished seven points ahead of Benito Ros, who had a bad first round with two mistakes, one when he simply forgot to tackle an obstacle!
The leading pair opened up a huge gap over Ion Areitio in third, who finished 33 points behind the winner. Areitio had a single point advantage over Raphael Pils and was three points ahead of Rick Koekoek. These three riders have all secured podium places this year, but never have they been so far behind the leaders in the category. Germany’s Lucas Krell finished sixth, ahead of France’s Marius Merger. Benjamin Durville was again eighth, although on this occasion he had to abandon after three zones due to injury.
The last event of the year is next weekend’s 2014 UCI Trials World Cup Finale in Antwerp, Belgium. The leaders of the three categories going into the final event are Tatiana Janickova (Women Elite), Jack Carthy (Men Elite 26-inch) and Abel Mustieles (Men Elite 20-inch).
Germany dominated the Men Juniors and Women Elite individual time trials in Ponferrada on Tuesday, with Lennard Kamna and Lisa Brennauer proudly pulling on the rainbow jerseys over their German national team colours.
Brennauer used her mix of climbing ability and speed to win the women’s title. She stopped the clock in a time of 38:48 for the 29.1km course, beating Anna Solovey (Ukraine) by 18 seconds and Evelyn Stevens (USA) by 21 seconds. The course and rain for some riders made for a hard race, with 2013 world champion Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) finishing only seventh after fading in the finale of her ride as the rain poured down.
“I can’t believe it. I’m overwhelmed. I’m going to need time to know that it’s reality,” Brennauer said in tears after hugging her coach in celebration when she was declared the winner.
I had a really good day and knew I was riding well. I gave it all on the climb, took no risk on the descents and then went full gas to the finish.”
“It’s a great day for Germany. I saw the Juniors race this morning and it’s great we’ve both won world titles.”
Kamna takes the Men Juniors title
Lennard Kamna gave Germany its first title of the day on Tuesday morning and showed he could be the heir to Tony Martin’s time trialing crown in the Men Juniors event in Ponferrada.
The reigning European and German time trial champion set a time of 36:13 for the 29.5km course, beating Adrien Costa of the USA by 44 seconds, with Australia’s Michael Storer taking the bronze medal after finishing 58 seconds slower. Filippo Ganna finished fourth for Italy, with Zeke Mostov confirming the USA’s strength in depth by finishing fifth.
Kamna rode an intelligent race, pacing his effort well and staying in a tucked aerodynamic position as much as possible on the climbs, corners and descents.
“I’m very destroyed, very happy and very tired,” Kamna said after pulling on his world champion’s rainbow jersey.
“The last five kilometres of the course was the hardest part with the climb, particularly after 25km in the saddle. At the top of the climb, my coach said I had the best time, so I hoped I wouldn’t crash on the descent, but I thought by that part I would win.”
Kamna follows in the footstep of fellow Germans Tony Martin and Marcel Kittel, who are now both successful professional riders in the UCI WorldTour.
Martin is the favourite to win a third Men Elite time trial world title after taking the rainbow jersey in 2012 and 2013. Kittel won the Men Juniors time trial world title in 2005 and 2006.
Martin will be in action on Wednesday as the Men Elite compete over a distance of 47.1km. He could give Germany its third rainbow jersey of the 2014 UCI Road World Championships.
Vitus Bikes, Chain Reaction Cycles’ in-house brand, has released details of the 2015 Escarpe and Sommet full suspension mountain bike range. Built around an all-new suspension platform, the 155mm Sommet and 135mm Escarpe will be available in a number of builds – all of which have been carefully put together to offer great specs. The three new models indicate that VITUS are focusing heavily on the aggressive trail and Enduro market offering both 27.5” and 29” wheelsize options.
We’ve designed the suspension points for these new bikes for ultimate performance and pedalling efficiency. The combination of pivot placement and leverage rate design offers the rider more active travel, active braking efficiency and a stable pedal platform without relying totally on shock tuning and setup. In approaching this project we also had to consider how we could integrate this design into a bike that would be both aesthetically appealing and meet the technical criteria for stiffness, weight and reliability. – Vitus Bikes R&D Manager, Dale McMullan
Redefining our categories: Before we get into the nuts and bolts of our new bikes we have to define what these bikes are for. Everyone loves to attach a label to their bikes and put them into categories. Trail, all mountain, enduro, freeride, cross country, down country… So why fight it? In our new lineup, every model is unique, but they are all in the same category. These are mountain bikes designed for going…
The 2015 Transition lineup features four new models with different wheel sizes and distinctly different characteristics to suit a variety of riders, regions and trails.
• PATROL (27.5″ Wheelsize, 155mm Rear Travel/160mm Front Travel)
•SUPPRESSOR (26″ Wheelsize, 155mm Rear Travel/160mm Front Travel)
•SCOUT (27.5″ Wheelsize, 125mm Rear Travel/140mm Front Travel)
•SMUGGLER (29″ Wheelsize, 115mm Rear Travel/130mm Front Travel)
Photo By: Brandon Sawaya/Rider: Lars Sternberg/Location: It’s A Secret
Photo By: Brandon Sawaya/Rider: Lars Sternberg/Location: It’s A Secret
Photo By: Paris Gore/Rider: Lars Sternberg/Location: Squamish BC
Photo By: Paris Gore/Rider: Darrin Seeds/Location: Squamish BC
About Giddyup Suspension:
When we set out to design the new family of bikes, we wanted to improve our suspension pedaling and braking performance, but we didn’t want to lose the neutral and comfortable feel that Transition Bikes are known for. No one at Transition wanted a suspension system that felt like it was locking out, or provided any “kick back” in the pedals. We also wanted to maintain the lively feel that makes a Transition fun and easy to ride. Our Giddy Up link is carefully tuned with just the right amount of chainstay growth at all points in the travel. The chainstay growth is highest near sag to keep you moving forward when you get on the gas. but it decreases deeper in the travel so you never feel the drivetrain fighting the suspension. Hop on a Giddy Up bike and you will feel at home immediately. Lively when you pedal, smooth in the rough stuff, and ready to boost off any kicker in the trail.
Our new models are designed to be active while climbing; increased compression damping or lockout settings are strictly optional with the Giddy Up link. With the shock open, the suspension remains free to smooth out the trail, improve traction and control without sacrificing efficiency. There is no need to think about flipping switches; you can start your ride with the shock open and leave it there. With Giddy Up you can focus on the trail, not your remotes, levers or knobs. Just grab your bike, Giddy Up and go.
Design and Features:
Our design philosophy has always had a focus on clean and simple designs built to hold up to the most aggressive riders. With our new Giddy Up bikes we blended smooth frame lines with highly refined tube, dropout, and linkage shapes. The new models blend a long list of features into a refined package that meets our high standards for strength, performance, reliability and good looks.
Features: •Progressive Geometry – Long, Low and Slack •Giddy Up Link Suspension •Integrated Rubber Chainstay Protection •Collet Style Main Pivot Hardware •ISCG05 Chainguide Mounting On All Models •Low Direct Mount Front Derailleur Support (Excluding Smuggler) •Syntace X12 Rear 142mm Axle •Post Mount Rear Brake Mount •31.6mm Seatpost Supports 150mm Reverb •New Universal Transition Derailleur Hanger and Pivot Kit •Full Size Water Bottle Fits Inside Front Triangle •User Friendly 73mm Threaded Bottom Bracket •Internal Cable Routing, Including Stealth Seatpost