37 riders from 28 different countries took the start of the men’s 44km ITT.
Spain experienced a day of up and downs. Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas was flying on course, catching the man in front of him, Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal. But, Luis Leon Sanchez snapped his chain leaving the start ramp. He later had to change his rear wheel as well.
At the first time check, it was Tony Martin (Germany) who set the fastest time, five seconds quicker than Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) and six seconds faster than defending gold medalist Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland).
At the second time check, Chris Froome (Great Britain) set the fastest time. Martin beat this time, though Wiggins would better the German rider at this mark by 11 seconds. This trend continued through the final time check as well Cancellara continued to slow.
At the finish, Denmark’s Lars Bak set the early best time at 54.33. Later, Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia) knocked 24 seconds off this time. Castroviejo was first man inside 54 minutes. Michael Rogers (Australia) bettered this, though his time didn’t last long—Froome toppled it, inside of 52 minutes. Martin bested the British rider, but the British Toru de France winner bettered the German, giving Wiggins the gold medal.
|1||Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain)||0:50:39.54|
|2||Tony Martin (Germany)||0:00:42.00|
|3||Christopher Froome (Great Britain)||0:01:08.33|
|4||Taylor Phinney (United States of America)||0:01:58.53|
|5||Marco Pinotti (Italy)||0:02:09.74|
|6||Michael Rogers (Australia)||0:02:11.85|
|7||Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)||0:02:14.17|
|8||Bert Grabsch (Germany)||0:02:38.50|
|9||Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spain)||0:02:49.82|
|10||Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia)||0:03:30.18|