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McCann 27th in worlds TT as sore throat forces Brammeier out

Posted 21 September 2011

David McCann finished 27th in the elite men’s time trial at the 2011 UCI World Road Race Championships in Copenhagen while Matt Brammeier was forced to abandon the 46.4 kilometre event won by Tony Martin with a blistering time of 53:43.85.

McCann posted a finishing time of 58:37.50 which was enough to leave him in the early top ten standings but the Giant Asia team rider drifted to 4’53” by the time Martin reached the finish after lighting up the course.

Irish national time trial champion Brammeier was forced to abandon the race with a sore throat. He withdrew on the first of the two 23.2 kilometres laps after posting a time of 12’50” through the first time check at 10.8 kilometres.

McCann reached the same marker with a time of 12’33”. He clocked 19’36” through the 16.2 kilometre checkpoint and was running ninth among the early starters having completed the first lap in 29’06”.

Martin was sensational over the course setting the fastest time through each checkpoint. He reached the first time check in 11’43, the second in 18’08” and completed the first lap in 26’40” before catching Great Britain’s David Millar as his 1’30” minute man.

The early benchmark was set by Kazakhstan’s Alexandr Dyachenko who was the first to break the 58 minute mark with a time of 57:03.61 which stood for much of the afternoon as rain threatened to spoil the race.

That lead fell to Jack Bobridge who finished with a time of 55.57.71 but the Australian’s time at the top of the leaderboard was short lived as Bert Grabsch (Germany) was next to hit the line with 55.15.61.

Wiggins topped that with a time of 54.59.68 as all eyes turned to the facinating battle between Martin and four times world champion Cancellara who was on the back-foot throughout the course.

Martin’s resolve was astonishing and he never let up. His motivation and morale was strengthened after catching Millar and he knew that he had realised a long held dream when his crossed the line with his arms aloft.

Cancellara’s determination and willingness to take enormous risks through the tight corners on the course cost him dearly in the closing stages as he brushed against a barrier having exited a right hand turn.

The incident caused the Swiss to lose momentum and valuable seconds and although he fought to the end he had to content himself with a bronze medal with his finishing time of 55:04.44 a mere five seconds slower than Wiggins who secured a well deserved silver medal.

There has been no confirmation from the Irish camp as yet as to whether Brammeier’s illness will prevent him from joining Dan Martin and Nicolas Roche in Sunday’s elite men’s road race as planned or whether McCann will now take his place.


2011 World Road Race Championships, Elite Mens Time Trial, 46.4 kilometres

1.  Tony Martin (Germany) 0:53:43.85  
2.  Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) 0:01:15.83  
3.  Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) 0:01:20.59  
4.  Bert Grabsch (Germany) 0:01:31.76  
5.  Jack Bobridge (Australia) 0:02:13.86  
6.  Richie Porte (Australia) 0:02:29.54  
7.  David Millar (Great Britain) 0:02:45.62  
8.  Lieuwe Westra (Netherlands) 0:03:18.52  
9. Alexandr Dyachenko (Kazakhstan) 0:03:19.76  
10. Jakob Fuglsang (Denmark) 0:03:30.59

27 David Mccann (Ireland) 0:04:53.65  
DNF. Matt Brammeier (Ireland)

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