We can’t remember a more highly anticipated Men’s Individual Time Trial World Championship’s than this year. The 2013 event is a long one at 58kms but has virtually no climbing and very little cornering or technical bits so will favour the pure time trialists and promises a spectacular battle between the sport’s biggest names.
British interest is at fever pitch as Sir Bradley Wiggins has made the event his target for the year since dropping out of the Tour of Italy in May a shadow of his 2012 Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion self. His recent win in the Tour of Poland individual time trial as well as his time trial stage and overall win in last week’s Tout of Britain shows he’s coming to form at the right time and training has been worthwhile. He’s even put on muscle to help him in the event as he moves away from Grand Tour GC contender.
With Wiggins on form it’s going to be one heck of a showdown with the two other best time trialists in the world also on form. Incumbent world time trial champion Tony Martin (Germany) made it through the recent Tour of Spain with some impressive performances; his 170km solo break was caught metres from the line and he came second in the race’s individual time trial stage. Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland) was the man who beat Martin to the win in the individual time trial stage and was also a major part of the chase to bring back Martin’s solo break in the road stage. Both riders left the Tour of Spain early to prepare for the World Championships showing how much they want to win.
New kid on the block Taylor Phinney (USA) is the dark horse and must not be underestimated as he took silver behind Martin last year. Another outsider is Britain’s other entrant in the event Alex Dowsett who won the individual time trial at this year’s Tour of Italy but has been struggling getting back to top form following a recent illness.