Livin' the Dream

Livin' the Dream

About Me

I am a sophomore at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, majoring in journalism. My passion is cycling. I am a category 4 bike racer and my absolute dream would be to turn pro one day. My more realistic goal is to become a journalist for the sport of cycling and eventually move on to become a broadcaster for the sport.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

2014 Men's Individual Time Trial World Championship Preview

The Course: Unlike last year where the ITT and TTT were held on the same exact course the ITT will use a slightly different course. (Martin would have finished 6th in the TTT with his time in the ITT) It is 47.1km in length with the first 30km flat, before three significant, but not very hard hills to finish it off

The Contenders: It’s pretty much a two-man race

Tony Martin (Germany): Martin has been lights out this year in the ITT. He dominated the TT at the Tour and the Vuelta and looks poised to join Fabian Cancellara (TFR) as a 4-time World Champion in the individual time trial. The first 30km of the TT suit Martin very well and he will be able to set into a nice rhythm pushing his massive 54x11 gear. Martin’s form is a bit worry some though; even he stated he was not in tip top shape after the TTT on Sunday.

Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain): Wiggins is very confident on his ability to challenge Martin for the World Title. Wiggins has finished second to Martin two of the last three years at Worlds and beat Martin in the ITT at the Olympic Games in London. Wiggins has not been shy about stating his form is very good as was evident when he nearly carried a damaged Sky TTT team to the podium on Sunday. Wiggins cannot push as massive as a gear as Tony Martin, but with three tough little climbs towards the end of the course, Wiggins should be able to make up any time lost on Martin on the flats.

Outsiders: Look for good rides from Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands), Jesse Sergent (New Zealand), and Alex Dowsett (Great Britain). American Tejay van Garderen (United States of America) also has stellar form and is riding high after he helped his BMC team win gold on Sunday in the Team Time Trial.

My Pick: Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain)

No comments :

Post a Comment