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McCann 25th as Cancellara takes fourth TT title

Posted 30 September 2010


Belfast’s David McCann finished 25th in the elite men’s time trial at the World Championships in Geelong, Australia where Swiss favourite Fabian Cancellara swept to a record fourth title.

Cancellara won the race by one minute and two seconds having clocked a time of 58’09” seconds over the two laps which made up the 45.4 kilometre circuit.

Britain’s David Millar took the silver medal and was the first rider to break the hour marker with a time of 59’11”.

Germany’s Tony Martin overcame a front wheel puncture on the first lap to hold off Australia’s Riche Porte for the bronze medal with just seven seconds separating the two as Martin conceded 1’12” to Cancellara.

McCann started the race with hopes of emulating his best ever performance of finishing 11th at last year’s elite men’s World Championships time trial in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

The course this year was considerably more difficult with two climbs and a tricky descent on each of the 22.7 kilometres laps which played against the strengths of the Irish national time trial champion.

He completed the course in a time of 1:03:02 which although 4’52” off Cancellara’s finishing time was sufficient to place him 25th among the forty-two competitors who participated in the event.

The Giant Asia rider will now turn his attention to Sunday’s elite men’s road race where he joins Irish national road race champion Matt Brammeier as part of Team Ireland’s strategy to support Nicolas Roche’s bid for success.

McCann’s experience will be especially valuable to Roche as the trio of Irish riders take on one of the most challenging courses for years which includes an 85 kilometre run from the centre of Melbourne city to the 15.9 kilometre finishing circuit in Geelong. 

The riders will compete eleven laps of the finishing circuit which features two short but steep climbs and a steep uphill finish which are certain to have a serious wearing effect as the peloton clicks through 262.7 kilometres. 

Ireland’s High Performance Director Phil Leigh believes that the course suits Roche’s skills and aggressive style of riding and he selected McCann and Brammeier to bolster the AG2R La Mondiale rider’s prospects of success. 

Results:

Elite Men’s World Championships Time Trial

Geelong, Australia – 45.5 kilometres

1. Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) 58 minutes, 09 seconds  
2. David Millar (Great Britain) 0:01:02  
3. Tony Martin (Germany) 0:01:12  
4. Richie Porte (Australia) 0:01:19  
5. Michael Rogers (Australia) 0:02:25  
6. Koos Moerenhout (Netherlands) 0:02:40  
7. Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain) 0:02:44  
8. David Zabriskie (United States Of America) 0:02:51  
9. Maciej Bodnar (Poland) 0:03:00  
10. Gustav Larsson (Sweden) 0:03:01

25. David McCann (Ireland) 4 minutes 52 seconds

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