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2008 Olympic Triathlon Gold Medalist Jan Frodeno

2008 Olympic Triathlon Gold Medalist Jan Frodeno

Jan Frodeno had a stellar run to sprint past the cream of the field at the line in an exciting olympic triathlon finish.  The main action of the race fell to the run. Only two breakaway riders were able to escape with a gap of 50 seconds at transition.  The small lead the riders had was quickly eaten up by a hard charging field who bridged to them within the first half lap. The field narrowed throughout the four lap run leaving only four as they enter the stadium for the finish.  A resurgent Simon Whitfield of Canada took silver with Bevan Docherty of New Zealand hanging on for bronze.  ITU number one ranked Francisco Gomez of Spain was out kicked at the final turn and ended up fourth. USA’s Hunter Kemper had a fine race finishing 7th, 55 seconds off the pace. American’s Jarrod Shoemaker finished 17th 1:53 back and Matt Reed finished 31st 3:37 back.

Like many ITU races, the swim was the warmup to the race.  The top 30 finishers all finished within 50 seconds.  Hunter Kemper of the US was near the front as was Gomez, Belaubre, Sysoev and Prochnow. The field cleared T1 and headed out on the bike 40+ strong. The group stayed together with only a few attempts from riders to clear, none of any consequence until lap four. On the hill of lap four, Serrano attacked and got clear with Zeebroek quickly bridging. The two worked together to extend a few seconds of lead to 20 seconds by the top of the hill. Dirk Bockel of Luxembourg successfully bridged on the descent catching on before the stadium.  The three worked together to extend the lead to 33 seconds at by the end of lap four.  The chase group was reluctant to pursue in ernest allowing the gap to increase to 55 seconds as the breakaway riders entered the stadium for the last time.  Zeebroek and Bockel were able to gap Serrano on the final hill of the ride. The two slapped hands as they entered the stadium and prepared for the run.  Serrano was in no mans land till T2, losing 45 seconds on the leaders.  The feild closed in on him as they came into transition. 

On the run, the entire field started out almost together. By the time they exited the stadium, the field had strung out in to a group of twenty followed by a thinning line of the remaining runners. At the close of the first lap, the field had captured the leaders and narrowed to about twelve including Gomez, Rana, Whitfield, Brownlee, Docherty, Frodeno, Kemper and a few others. By the close of lap three, the lead group had been whittled down to six. Brownlee and Rana dropped off at the beginning of lap four leaving only Gomez, Whitfield, Docherty and Frodeno, as they neared the stadium for the final time. The leaders dropped Whitfield as they entered the stadium though he was able to latch back on as the three leaders slowed to prepare for the sprint. It was Whitfield who jumped just prior to the final turn dropping Gomez in the process. Frodeno was able to hold on but Docherty fell off halfway to the line. Jan Frodeno had the legs to get by Whitfield to take the win.

Men’s Triathon Results

Rk Name Total Time Time Diff Swim Trans. 1 Bike Trans. 2 Run
(1.5 km) (40 km) (10 km)
Time Rk Time Rk Time Time Rk Time Rk
1 FRODENO Jan GER  1:48:53.28  00:00.0 18:14 16 0:26 2 59:01:00 0:26 1 30:46:00 1
2 WHITFIELD Simon CAN  1:48:58.47  +0:05.19 18:18 22 0:27 13 58:56:00 0:29 18 30:48:00 2
3 DOCHERTY Bevan NZL  1:49:05.59  +0:12.31 18:23 31 0:28 25 58:51:00 0:26 1 30:57:00 3
4 GOMEZ Francisco Javier ESP  1:49:13.92  +0:20.64 18:08 8 0:27 13 59:06:00 0:29 18 31:03:00 4
5 RANA Ivan ESP  1:49:22.03  +0:28.75 18:22 29 0:26 2 58:52:00 0:28 10 31:14:00 5
6 UNGER Daniel GER  1:49:43.78  +0:50.50 18:25 37 0:27 13 58:49:00 0:27 3 31:35:00 6
7 KEMPER Hunter USA  1:49:48.75  +0:55.47 18:04 4 0:30 46 59:06:00 0:28 10 31:40:00 7
8 HENNING Rasmus DEN  1:49:57.47  +1:04.19 18:18 21 0:26 2 58:57:00 0:28 10 31:48:00 9
9 SYSOEV Igor RUS  1:49:59.38  +1:06.10 18:02 2 0:32 53 59:15:00 0:29 18 31:41:00 8
10 BELAUBRE Frederic FRA  1:50:00.30  +1:07.02 18:03 3 0:28 25 59:11:00 0:30 32 31:48:00 10
11 ATKINSON Courtney AUS  1:50:10.02  +1:16.74 18:06 6 0:27 13 59:08:00 0:29 18 32:00:00 11
12 BROWNLEE Alistair GBR  1:50:19.62  +1:26.34 18:11 13 0:27 13 59:05:00 0:29 18 32:07:00 12
13 ZEEBROEK Axel BEL  1:50:30.90  +1:37.62 18:30 43 0:27 13 57:48:00 0:30 32 33:15:00 13
14 CLARKE Will GBR  1:50:32.07  +1:38.79 18:53 47 0:27 13 58:23:00 0:31 38 32:18:00 14
15 PROCHNOW Christian GER  1:50:33.90  +1:40.62 18:23 30 0:26 2 58:56:00 0:27 3 32:21:00 15
16 KAHLEFELDT Brad AUS  1:50:36.00  +1:42.72 18:17 19 0:29 34 58:56:00 0:28 10 32:26:00 16
17 SHOEMAKER Jarrod USA  1:50:46.39  +1:53.11 18:19 23 0:29 34 59:03:00 0:28 10 32:27:00 17
18 MARCEAU Olivier SUI  1:50:50.07  +1:56.79 18:55 52 0:29 34 58:18:00 0:31 38 32:37:00 18
19 OSPALY Filip CZE  1:50:53.69  +2:00.41 18:17 19 0:30 46 58:56:00 0:29 18 32:41:00 19
20 SAPUNOV Daniil KAZ  1:50:58.98  +2:05.70 18:11 12 0:29 34 59:05:00 0:31 38 32:42:00 20
21 POLYANSKIY Dmitriy RUS  1:51:11.61  +2:18.33 18:15 18 0:27 13 59:07:00 0:29 18 32:53:00 21
22 RIEDERER Sven SUI  1:51:19.45  +2:26.17 18:14 17 0:34 54 58:52:00 0:28 10 33:11:00 23
23 BRYUKHANKOV Alexander RUS  1:51:22.59  +2:29.31 18:10 11 0:30 46 59:08:00 0:33 45 33:01:00 22
24 BOCKEL Dirk LUX  1:51:31.01  +2:37.73 18:26 39 0:27 13 57:52:00 0:27 3 34:19:00 30
25 MOREIRA JUNIOR Juraci BRA  1:51:35.57  +2:42.29 18:24 34 0:29 34 58:50:00 0:30 32 33:22:00 24
26 CROES Peter BEL  1:51:40.94  +2:47.66 18:26 38 0:26 2 58:51:00 0:32 43 33:25:00 25
27 TICHELAAR Paul CAN  1:51:46.81  +2:53.53 18:24 35 0:27 13 58:51:00 0:30 32 33:34:00 26
28 HUG Reto SUI  1:52:04.93  +3:11.65 18:55 50 0:27 13 58:20:00 0:29 18 33:53:00 27
29 YAMAMOTO Ryosuke JPN  1:52:11.98  +3:18.70 18:27 40 0:26 2 58:53:00 0:29 18 33:56:00 28
30 BERK Sander NED  1:52:18.09  +3:24.81 18:13 15 0:28 25 59:06:00 0:34 49 33:57:00 29
31 REED Matty USA  1:52:30.44  +3:37.16 18:25 36 0:30 46 58:48:00 0:28 10 34:19:00 31

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Emma Snowsill Runs Away from Field in the Olympic Triathlon

Emma Snowsill Runs Away from Field in the Olympic Triathlon

Austrailia’s wins gold and bronze in the Olympic triathlon. Emma Snowsill made her move before leaving the stadium on the run and never looked back. She improved her lead over the four lap course putting 1:06 on number one ranked Vanessa Fernandes of Portugal who took the silver. Snowsill’s team mate Emma Moffatt placed third to take the bronze rallying past several runners. Team USA’s Laura Bennett came in 26 seconds later in fourth digging in deep to accelerate past a fading Ide who had gapped her ealier in the run. Team USA’s Sarah Haskins finished 11th 2:54 minutes back while Julie Swail-Ertel finished 19th 4:11 back.

The swim was fast though uneventful. The field finished very close together with team USA, AUS and Switzerland exiting near the front. About 40 riders exited T1 mostly together and serpentined out of the stadium area. The ride was 6 laps of a 6.55km loop. There was one significant hill which split the field on the first pass. A lead group of 19 distanced the main group on a punishing assault of the hill. The US, Austrailian and swiss women were in the group among others. The next three laps the women in the lead group worked together to gap the chase who struggled to maintain connection. The lead group continued to build on the lead into T2 on the next two laps. Ertel struggled the last two passes of the hill to maintain contact. She was able to bridge back on the descent each time.

The chase group had an wreck at the close of the fifth lap though it wasn’t clear why. A Russian rider looked to be splinted up with a possible fracture. The main group entered the stadium to finish the ride putting over two minutes on the first chase group. The nineteen leaders shot into and out of T2 very close in. Snowsill quickly gapped the field with Fernandes in tow. Close behind were Bennett, Moffatt, Spirig, and Hewitt. Bennett looked strong and challenged Fernandez as she faded from Snowsills vigorous pace. She rallied on lap two to retake the second spot from Bennett. Bennett began to fade soon after. Moffatt surged past Bennett on lap three to take and hold onto third. Ide also passed Bennett though she later rallied in the stadium to retake the forth spot.

Women’s Race Results

Name Total Time Time Diff Swim Trans. 1 Bike Trans. 2 Run
(1.5 km) (40 km) (10 km)
Time Rk Time Rk Time Time Rk Time Rk
SNOWSILL Emma AUS 1:58:27.66  00:00.0 19:51 5 0:28 3 1:04:20 0:31 5 33:17:00 1
FERNANDES Vanessa POR 1:59:34.63  +1:06.97 19:53 9 0:29 9 1:04:18 0:33 12 34:21:00 2
MOFFATT Emma AUS 1:59:55.84  +1:28.18 19:55 12 0:31 14 1:04:12 0:31 2 34:46:00 3
BENNETT Laura USA 2:00:21.54  +1:53.88 19:49 1 0:30 1 1:04:23 0:29 8 35:10:00 4
IDE Juri JPN 2:00:23.77  +1:56.11 19:50 4 0:29 2 1:04:24 0:35 18 35:05:00 5
SPIRIG Nicola SWI 2:00:30.48  +2:02.82 20:17 36 0:28 34 1:03:54 0:31 4 35:20:00 6
RYF Daniela SWI 2:00:40.20  +2:12.54 19:56 13 0:26 8 1:04:17 0:30 3 35:31:00 7
HEWITT Andrea NZL 2:00:45.99  +2:18.33 19:54 10 0:29 11 1:04:15 0:29 1 35:38:00 8
NIWATA Kiyomi JPN 2:00:51.85  +2:24.19 19:56 14 0:34 24 1:04:14 0:31 13 35:36:00 9
TANNER Debbie NZL 2:01:06.92  +2:39.26 19:57 17 0:29 13 1:04:17 0:29 11 35:54:00 10
HASKINS Sarah USA 2:01:22.57  +2:54.91 19:50 3 0:32 7 1:04:18 0:32 9 36:10:00 11
HARRISON Jessica FRA 2:01:31.74  +3:04.08 19:56 16 0:30 15 1:04:14 0:32 10 36:19:00 12
di MARCO Magali SWI 2:01:50.74  +3:23.08 19:50 2 0:30 5 1:04:22 0:29 7 36:39:00 13
ALLEN Katherine AUT 2:02:00.69  +3:33.03 20:57 48 0:32 49 1:05:24 0:35 35 34:32:00 14
LISK Ricarda GER 2:02:07.75  +3:40.09 20:00 23 0:30 23 1:04:12 0:39 20 36:46:00 15
WARRINER Sam NZL 2:02:13.60  +3:45.94 19:58 19 0:30 18 1:04:15 0:35 17 36:55:00 16
UEDA Ai JPN 2:02:19.09  +3:51.43 20:17 37 0:29 35 1:03:56 0:28 6 37:09:00 17
NORDEN Lisa SWE 2:02:27.47  +3:59.81 20:56 46 0:29 46 1:05:26 0:31 23 35:05:00 18
SWAIL-ERTEL Julie USA 2:02:39.22  +4:11.56 19:51 6 0:30 6 1:04:24 0:32 16 37:22:00 19
BURGOS Ana ESP 2:02:43.85  +4:16.19 20:57 47 0:31 48 1:05:28 0:36 39 35:11:00 20

 

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Great Brittan Wins Gold in Mens Team Sprint

Great Britain Wins Gold in Men's Team Sprint

The British team led by Chris Hoy put together two stellar performances to capture gold in the Men’s Team Sprint. Jamie Staff and Jason Kenny did fabulous turns to set the stage for an unbeatable time. They provided 80% of the margin of victory in a superior lead out to Chris Hoy for the finish. Chris powered to the line building on the lead to position the team for victory.

Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny and Chris Hoy Starting Firing on All Pistons

UK's Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny and Chris Hoy

Back Half of the first 250 Meters

Back Half of the first 250 Meters

The French Team Winds It Up

The French Team Winds It Up

Australia Puts In a Strong Ride to Win the Bronze

Australia Puts In a Strong Ride to Win the Bronze

Team USA did a Nice Turn to Take the 8th Spot

Team USA Cranking the Start and Finishing an Impressive 8th

Thanks to VeloNews for the Photo URL’s

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In the Men’s race, Cancellara put the hammer down to take the Men’s Olympic Time Trial. It was another

Olympic Time Trial Medalists

Olympic Time Trial Medalists

superb performance by the Swiss rider will add a gold metal to his bronze earned a few days ago on the road race. Cancellara collapsed and gasping put it all out there accelerating to the line.

Larsson surprised the field posting an incredible time that proved to be the mark to beat. He held off the big guns to earn a silver medal. Levi Leipheimer accelerated throughout the course to demand a place on the podium. He explained that he drew strength from the disappointment of missing this year’s Tour.

Contador started out strong but faded steadily. Cadel Evans put in a strong performance but just couldn’t get into the winners circle. Schumacher could not get it together finishing a disappointing 13th. Cummings and Zabriskie were just not able to get in the game.

Time Trial - Time Check Positions

Time Trial - Time Check Positions

Articles:
Cycling News
Cycling Weekly
Yahoo Sports
Velonews

Gold Medalist Kristen Armstrong

Gold Medalist Kristen Armstrong

In the Women’s Race, Emma Pooley put up the time to beat riding fifth out of the gate. In the end only Kristin Armstrong of the USA was able to best the time. Karin Thürig won bronze edging out Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli and Christine Thorburn by a handful of seconds. This was a great ride by the US placing 1st and 5th.

Judith Arndt put in a great ride but could manage only sixth. Christiane Soeder finished 7th. You could argue that the road race took something out of her. Hanka Kupfernagel struggled to hold on to 11th

Articles
Cycling News
Cycling Weekly
Yahoo Sports

Men’s Time Trial Results
1. CANCELLARA (SUI); Result: 1:02:11.43
2. LARSSON (SWE); Result: 1:02:44.79 (+0:33.36)
3. LEIPHEIMER (USA); Result: 1:03:21.11 (+1:09.68)
4. CONTADOR (ESP); Result: 1:03:29.51 (+1:18.08)
5. EVANS (AUS); Result: 1:03:34.97 (+1:23.54)
6. SANCHEZ (ESP); Result: 1:04:37.24 (+2:25.81)
7. TUFT (CAN); Result: 1:04:39.44 (+2:28.01)
8. ROGERS (AUS); Result: 1:04:46.85 (+2:35.42)
9. CLEMENT (NED); Result: 1:04:59.42 (+2:47.99)
10. GESINK (NED); Result: 1:05:02.88 (+2:51.45)
11. CUMMINGS (GBR); Result: 1:05:07.91 (+2:56.48)
12. ZABRISKIE (USA); Result: 1:05:17.82 (+3:06.39)
13. SCHUMACHER (GER); Result: 1:05:25.38 (+3:13.95)
14. GRABSCH (GER); Result: 1:05:26.20 (+3:14.77)
15. NIBALI (ITA); Result: 1:05:36.01 (+3:24.58)
16. HESJEDAL (CAN); Result: 1:05:42.33 (+3:30.90)
17. TAARAMAE (EST); Result: 1:05:47.33 (+3:35.90)
18. KARPETS (RUS); Result: 1:05:52.38 (+3:40.95)
19. SOERENSEN (DEN); Result: 1:05:55.42 (+3:43.99)
20. MENSHOV (RUS); Result: 1:06:10.54 (+3:59.11)
21. KIRYIENKA (BLR); Result: 1:06:12.19 (+4:00.76)
22. BRUSEGHIN (ITA); Result: 1:06:20.95 (+4:09.52)
23. KIRCHEN (LUX); Result: 1:06:29.63 (+4:18.20)
24. MIZUROV (KAZ); Result: 1:06:32.05 (+4:20.62)
25. BOTERO (COL); Result: 1:06:35.43 (+4:24.00)
26. MONFORT (BEL); Result: 1:07:12.71 (+5:01.28)
27. BODROGI (HUN); Result: 1:07:27.49 (+5:16.06)
28. SPILAK (SLO); Result: 1:07:34.86 (+5:23.43)
29. JURCO (SVK); Result: 1:07:52.92 (+5:41.49)
30. MEDICI (ARG); Result: 1:07:53.09 (+5:41.66)
31. GEORGE (RSA); Result: 1:07:55.21 (+5:43.78)
32. GRIVKO (UKR); Result: 1:08:01.25 (+5:49.82)
33. VANDBORG (DEN); Result: 1:08:10.20 (+5:58.77)
34. NIEMIEC (POL); Result: 1:08:43.43 (+6:32.00)
35. ASKARI (IRI); Result: 1:08:46.30 (+6:34.87)
36. BELOHVOSCIKS (LAT); Result: 1:08:54.96 (+6:43.53)
37. KOSTYUK (UKR); Result: 1:09:04.04 (+6:52.61)
38. KVASINA (CRO); Result: 1:09:06.49 (+6:55.06)
39. BEPPU (JPN); Result: 1:11:05.14 (+8:53.71)

Mens Time Trial Splits

First check at km 10.8
1 Alberto Contador (Spain), 17.49 (36.370 km/h)
2 Gustav Erik Larsson (Sweden), 18.07
3 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland), 18.17
4 Levi Leipheimer (USA), 18.19
5 Cadel Evans (Australia), 18.24
6 Samuel Sánchez (Spain), 18.31
7 Kim Kirchen (Luxembourg), 18.36
8 Cummings (Great Britain), 18.40
9 Robert Gesink (Netherlands), 18.42
10 Chris Anker Sorensen (Denmark), 18.44

Second check at km 23.5
1 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland), 30.36 (46.078 km/h)
2 Alberto Contador (Spain), 30.52
3 Gustav Erik Larsson (Sweden), 31.02
4 Levi Leipheimer (USA), 31.20
5 Cadel Evans (Australia), 31.38
6 Steve Cummings (Great Britain), 31.39
7 Kim Kirchen (Luxembourg), 31.50
8 Samuel Sánchez (Spain), 31.52
9 David Zabriskie (USA), 31.56
10 Robert Gesink (Netherlands), 32.02

Third check at km 34.6
1 Gustav Erik Larsson (Sweden), 49.52 (41.631 km/h)
2 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland), 49.58
3 Alberto Contador (Spain), 50.09
4 Cadel Evans (Australia), 50.37
5 Levi Leipheimer (USA), 50.44
6 Samuel Sánchez (Spain), 51.17
7 Svein Tuft (Canada), 51.39
8 Robert Gesink (Netherlands), 51.40
9 Michael Rogers (Australia), 51.46
10 David Zabriskie (USA), 52.03

Women’s Time Trial Results
1 Kristin Armstrong (United States), 34.51.7 (40.459 km/h)
2 Emma Pooley (Great Britain), 0.24.3
3 Karin Thurig (Switzerland), 0.59.3
4 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France), 1.00.9
5 Christine Thorburn (United States), 1.02.5
6 Judith Arndt (Germany), 1.08.1
7 Christiane Soeder (Austria), 1.29.0
8 Priska Doppmann (Switzerland), 1.36.1
9 Zulfiya Zabirova (Kazakhstan), 1.37.8
10 Susanne Ljungskog (SwedenSweden), 1.41.8
11 Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany), 1.43.4
12 Tatiana Guderzo (ItalyItaly), 1.46.3
13 Linda Melanie Villumsen Serup (DenmarkDenmark), 1.58.9
14 Marianne Vos (Netherlands), 2.07.0
15 Nicole Cooke (Great Britain), 2.22.6
16 Natalia Boyarskaya (Russia), 2.22.9
17 Min Gao (ChinaChina), 2.23.5
18 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Netherlands), 2.59.9
19 Marta Vilajosana (SpainSpain), 3.03.3
20 Maryline Salvetat (FranceFrance), 3.18.0
21 Emma Johansson (SwedenSweden), 3.37.1
22 Oenone Wood (Australia), 4.01.8
23 Edita Pucinskaite (Lithuania), 4.03.7
24 Alexandra Wrubleski (CanadaCanada), 4.23.7
25 Lang Meng (ChinaChina), 5.59.9

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2008 Olympic Medals

2008 Olympic Medals

I came across an interesting site which handicaps races of all types for online betting sites.  The average odds for the Olympic Time Trial at the site at the time of the post are listed below. The odds makers have all the favorites that we have been reading about for many weeks on the top of the list. 

The Men’s race looks to be wide open. Of the several riders who have a chance, here are my picks. I think Schumacher will win gold based mainly on the tour time trials where he really took it to the field including Cancellara. I think Leipheimer will win silver due to time trial and climbing skills. Cancellara’s is my pick for bronze due mainly to his effort in the road race and that he is a monster of course. Kim Kirchen is my spoiler for silver or bronze. He showed his mettle with two exceptional performances at this years Tour de France. He is on form and able to power on the mountains.

To be frank, I think the US would have been better off with Vande Velde for the time trial. He has nearly matched Kirchens TT performances this year and is excellent form. I would have put him in as spoiler as well. That said, Zabriskie may derive motivation to prove, as he has been saying, that he is in contention.

Underlying this situatuion is the selection process. I am not trying to second guess the US Olympic Committee or diminish the exceptional talants of Dave Zabriskie. I recognize that the process by which athletes are selected attempts to balance many factors and rightly so. Key among them is to select an athlete early enough for them to prepare adequately. In addition, an early select offers the potential for the athlete to time training for peak performance. Of course the other side of it is that an early selection has the disadvantage of missing the rider who is healthy and peaking. An early select may commit the team to a rider who does not mature as expected.

Unfortunately the ‘balance’ is cemented in the form of a selection process unique to each sport. It is an attempt to build the most competive team as fairly as possible. A process that for some sports limits flexibility. That is what we have in this case. 

It could be worse. Consider gymnastics. The fairness in submitting the the Karolyi’s to hand pick a team seems a bit suspect. Worse yet is having coaches invite players to a selection camp as was done for women’s basketball team selection. That situation lead to some major drama. I expect that the process will be adjusted and fine tuned many more times in the future.

Ok, sorry for the tangent.

As for the women’s race, I like Kristen Armstrong. She is more than capable of stomping this course and will. I have Soeder’s for silver based on a driven road race performance on top of strong time trial performance at worlds. World time trial champ Kupfernagel is my pick for bronze.

Men’s Field
Fabian Cancellara – 1.67 to 1
Stefan Schumacher – 4.75 to 1
Michael Rogers – 15 to 1
Christian Vandevelde – 19 to 1
Levi Leipheimer – 22 to 1
Alberto Contador – 22 to 1
David Zabriskie – 23 to 1
Cadel Evans – 23 to 1
Santiago Botero – 23 to 1

Women’s Field
Kristin Armstrong – 3.38 to 1
Hanka Kupfernagel – 3.38 to 1
Christiane Soeder – 5.46 to 1
Priska Doppmann – 5.46 to 1
Mirjam Melchers – 10.50 to 1
Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli – 10.50 to 1
Emma Pooley – 10.50 to 1
Zulfiya Zabirova – 10.97 to 1
Susanne Ljungskog – 12.88 to 1

Articles:
Guardian Article about the British Chances
CBS Sports Article on USA Zabriskie and Thorburn Chances
Cycling News Article on the Olympic Time Trial

2008 Olympic Time Trial Start List
Women
11:30:00 25 Alexandra Wrubleski (Canada)
11:32:00 24 Lang Meng (China)
11:34:00 23 Natalia Boyarskaya (Russia)
11:36:00 22 Edita Pucinskaite (Lithuania)
11:38:00 21 Emma Pooley (Great Britain)
11:40:00 20 Maryline Salvetat (France)
11:42:00 19 Emma Johansson (Sweden)
11:44:00 18 Min Gao (China)
11:46:00 17 Karin Thurig (Switzerland)
11:48:00 16 Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
11:50:00 15 Zulfiya Zabirova (Kazakhstan)
11:52:00 14 Linda Melanie Villumsen Serup (Denmark)
11:54:00 13 Judith Arndt (Germany)
11:56:00 12 Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)
11:58:00 11 Jeannie Longo-ciprelli (France)
12:00:00 10 Mirjam Melchers-Van Poppel (Netherlands)
12:02:00 9 Priska Doppmann (Switzerland)
12:04:00 8 Oenone Wood (Australia)
12:06:00 7 Marta Vilajosana (Spain)
12:08:00 6 Kristin Armstrong (USA)
12:10:00 5 Susanne Ljungskog (Sweden)
12:12:00 4 Christiane Soeder (Austria)
12:14:00 3 Nicole Cooke (Great Britain)
12:16:00 2 Christine Thorburn (USA)
12:18:00 1 Hanka Kupfernagel (Germany)

Men
Wave 1
13:30:00 39 Matias Medici (Argentina)
13:31:30 38 Fumiyuki Beppu (Japan)
13:33:00 37 Hossein Askari (Iran)
13:34:30 36 Svein Tuft (Canada)
13:36:00 35 Matija Kvasina (Croatia)
13:37:30 34 David George (South Africa)
13:39:00 33 Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus)
13:40:30 32 Matej Jurco (Slovakia)
13:42:00 31 Denys Kostyuk (Ukraine)
13:43:30 30 Steve Cummings (Great Britain)
13:45:00 29 Brian Vandborg (Denmark)
13:46:30 28 Raivis Belohvosciks (Latvia)
13:48:00 27 Robert Gesink (Netherlands)
Wave 2
14:30:00 26 Simon Spilak (Slovenia)
14:31:30 25 Rein Taaramae (Estonia)
14:33:00 24 Andriy Grivko (Ukraine)
14:34:30 23 Ryder Hesjedal (Canada)
14:36:00 22 Andrey Mizourov (Kazakhstan)
14:37:30 21 Przemyslaw Niemec (Poland)
14:39:00 20 Maxime Monfort (Belgium)
14:40:30 19 Vincenzo Nibali (Italy)
14:42:00 18 David Zabriskie (USA)
14:43:30 17 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hungary)
14:45:00 16 Chris Anker Sorensen (Denmark)
14:46:30 15 Bert Grabsch (Germany)
14:48:00 14 Denis Menchov (Russia)
Wave 3
15:30:00 13 Samuel Sánchez (Spain)
15:31:30 12 Santiago Botero (Colombia)
15:33:00 11 Marzio Bruseghin (Italy)
15:34:30 10 Michael Rogers (Australia)
15:36:00 9 Vladimir Karpets (Russia)
15:37:30 8 Kim Kirchen (Luxembourg)
15:39:00 7 Gustav Erik Larsson (Sweden)
15:40:30 6 Levi Leipheimer (USA)
15:42:00 5 Stef Clement (Netherlands)
15:43:30 4 Alberto Contador (Spain)
15:45:00 3 Cadel Evans (Australia)
15:46:30 2 Stefan Schumacher (Germany)
15:48:00 1 Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)

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The Olympic Time Trial is to be held on Aug 13th. The women’s time trial is first starting at 11:30am

Kristan Armstrong

Kristen Armstrong

followed by the men’s at 1:30pm. There are 25 in the women’s field and 40 in the men’s. I have yet to find a start list but will post when it becomes available. The back drop for the course is nothing less than the Great Wall of China. It should be epic.

The time trial course follows the same circuit from the road race. The women will complete one circuit and the men will do two loops. The time trial loop is extremely difficult featuring a 1200+ft climb over 8.7 mile saw tooth path with grades as high as 10%. The circuit accent is followed by a short roller then an 5 mile descent to the valley bottom.

2008 Olympic Time Trial Elevation Profile

2008 Olympic Time Trial Elevation Profile

As with the road course the time trial course will again favor climbers. Expect riders to opt for the lightest configurations permissible rather than disc or deep dish wheels. There is no point to hauling any more weight than necessary up the mountain. Those climbers with time trialing skills will likely fair best. I would expect to see GC level contenders rise to the top over one day race specialists. Riders  like Levi, Schumacher, Cadel, and Kirchen should do well. In the women’s field I expect the defending TT world champion Hanker Kupfernagel to do. Kristen Armstrong of the US and Christian Soeder of Austria, who also finished on the podium at worlds, will be interesting to watch too.

Short list of Time Trial Competitors:

Women
Kristen Armstrong, US
Christine Thorburn, US
Hanker Kupfernagel, GER
Christian Soeder, AUS
Maria Isabel Moreno, SPA
Nicole Cooke, GB

Men
Levi Leipheimer, US
David Zabriskie, US
Kim Kirchen, LX
Steve Cummings, GB
Michael Rogers, AU
Cadel Evans, AU
Stefan Schumacher, GER
Ryder Hesjedal, CAN
Fabian Cancellara, SWI
Alberto Contador, SPA
Denis Menchov, RUS
Marcus Ljungqvist, SWE
Gustav Larsson, SWE

News Articles About Time Trial

Dave Zabriskie, Cycling News
Kristin Armstrong Article New York Times
Kristin Armstrong Article Yahoo Sports

With the Olympics just around the corner I’ve been doing some homework on the various cycling events and participants. One of the first events on the Olympic schedule is the men’s and women’s road race. The men’s road race is scheduled for Aug 9th followed by the women’s race on the 10th. I’ve worked up a brief profile of the course for you.

The course is one of the most challenging courses of the modern Olympics. The men’s race is just over 150 miles long with over 11,500 vertical feet of climbing. The woman’s race is 77 miles with over 4,100 vertical feet of climbing.  The race starts near the Forbidden City, heading northwest through Beijing and various points of interest, toward the Great wall near the Badaling. The course is relatively flat for the first 80km. It then rises 230m over the next 10km as the course approaches the circuit at 90km.  The circuit is a 24km loop which is ridden seven times by the men and two times by the women. The circuit is basically up one side of a mountain and down the other with no real flat sections.

2008 Olympic Road Race Elevatin Profile

2008 Olympic Road Race Elevation Profile

The circuit initially rises nearly 1,700 feet over 6.2 miles for an average grade of 5.2%. The circuit accent is followed by a short roller then an 8.2 mile descent to the valley bottom. The decent supposedly heads straight into the prevailing wind in that area, providing little relief to the riders. The finish follows the last circuit decent and appears to have a slight rise to the line. The weather is expected to be hot and humid with pollution being the wild card. The course looks to favor the climber over the sprinter. Position over the last circuit ridge will be critical to have a shot at a medal. The descent to the finish will be brutal.  Only the most courageous will be in a position to contest.

This is a course that could offer an advantage to a team which works together by protecting the strongest rider. The question is will a country’s contingent compete as a group or as individuals? There are a mere three medals to award for this event. Of course that means teamwork will be rewarded with a medal for some and a badge of national pride for others. It seems a little unfair to the supporting riders who effectively will be sacrificing their chance at an Olympic medal.

From news reports, it looks as though Spain has teamwork strategy in mind. The Spanish team has qualified for five seats in the road race including Carlos Sastre, Alberto Contador, Oscar Freire, Alejandro Valverde, and Samuel Sanchez. This is a Who’s Who of professional cycling. These guys are not domestiques and don’t generally perform the supporting role. Any of them has a potential to win or place in the race. How will they decide who leader will be? According to Contador, the “team” will decide during the race who will contest. Leaving one to imagine how this dialog will go down during the event. Somebody is going to be truly disappointed.

Why not introduce a team road event? There is some precedent for it. Team cycling events have been held since the start of the modern Olympics in various forms. From 1912 to 1956 there was a men’s team road race event. Then from 1960 to 1992 there was a 100km team time trial which was subsequently replaced by the individual time trial in 1992. In fact, the US won a bronze medal in the ’84 Olympic TTT with none other than Davis Phinney participating on the team. On a tangent, Connie Carpenter-Phinney won gold in the first women’s road race in 1984. The son of Connie and Davis, Taylor Phinney, is competing in several track events this year in Beijing. Be sure to check him out on the track. I have yet to find out why the team road events were ended though some accounts point to doping or race fixing. It only seems right to acknowledge a team’s contribution in the road race. My vote is for a team medal.

Links of Interest:

Other Velonoise:

Lance Sighting – Posted on Aug 4th 2008. http://tinyurl.com/5mppqj

Here is a peak at one of the bikes Lance is considering for the Leadville 100 this weekend. It is the 23lb, 26” Trek

Lance's Trek

Lance's Trek

Top Fuel 9.8 full suspension bike. He is also considering a Gary Fisher Superfly 29-inch hardtail which might be a better fit for the course considering the trail is supposed to be in relatively good condition baring a few short rutted sections. Included in the post is a blurb about his training

Cadel Update – Posted on Aug 4th 2008. http://tinyurl.com/5pcva7

Here is a short post about Cadel being fit to compete at the Olympics next week. He is qualified and able to compete in the road race and the time trial. Here is an article which sketches out the whole knee injury situation: http://tinyurl.com/62y6xb.

Here is another interesting article about his wife’s position on the media attention he has been receiving lately: http://tinyurl.com/5jdc8y.

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The 2008 Beijing Olympics are almost upon us.  Unfortunately, cycling does not get as much coverage as

Sarah Hammer - Individual Pursuit & Points Race

Sarah Hammer - Individual Pursuit & Points Race

more popular events such as gymnastics or swimming.  This year may be different though.  NBC intends to televise the bulk of the games online, including prelims and heats.   Supposedly all online coverage is viewable during and after the events providing Tivo like capability.  That would be a godsend for the Olympic obsessed working masses. NBC Online Schedule


I have been struggling to find a comprehensive list of cycling related TV broadcast and events list for cycling events.  To save you some trouble, I’ve compiled a TV schedule from various sources including AP posts and ESPN’s website.

The full NBC 2008 Olympics TV broadcast schedule for the following channels:  CNBC, MSNBC, Telemundo (in Spanish), USA Network, Oxygen, Universal HD and sport-specific channels for basketball and soccer. All times are Eastern Daylight Time and are subject to change.

Friday, Aug. 8

  • NBC and NBC HD, 8 p.m.-Midnight — Opening Ceremony

Saturday, Aug. 9

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Women’s Volleyball – USA vs. Japan (LIVE); Swimming; Beach Volleyball – USA Match; Men’s Cycling – Road Race; Women’s Fencing – Individual Sabre Gold Medal Final; Rowing

Sunday, Aug. 10

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Men’s Basketball – USA vs. China (LIVE); Swimming; Beach Volleyball; Men’s Water Polo – USA vs. China; Women’s Cycling Road Race; Women’s Weightlifting – 53kg Gold Medal Final; Men’s & Women’s Badminton; Rowing

Wednesday, Aug. 13

  • NBC and NBC HD, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. — Men’s Gymnastics – Individual All-Around Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Swimming (LIVE) Finals: Men’s 200-meter Breaststroke, Men’s 100-meter Freestyle, Women’s 200-meter Butterfly, Women’s 4×200-meter Relay and Men’s 200-meter Individual Medley semifinal; Beach Volleyball – USA Match (LIVE); Men’s Diving – Springboard Synchronized Gold Medal Final; Women’s Cycling – Individual Time Trial
  • MSNBC, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. — Baseball – USA vs. South Korea and Cuba vs. Japan; Women’s Volleyball – Cuba vs. China (LIVE); Tennis; Men’s Cycling Individual Time Trial; Greco Roman Wrestling 66kg, 74kg Competition & Gold Medal Finals; Table Tennis Team Competition; Men’s Weightlifting 77kg Competition

Friday, Aug. 15

  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-Noon — Women’s Soccer Quarterfinal (LIVE); Women’s Basketball – USA vs. Spain (LIVE); Baseball – USA vs. Cuba; Tennis Semifinals; Beach Volleyball; Men’s Archery – Individual Gold Medal Final; Cycling Track Events Competition

Saturday, Aug. 16

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Men’s Basketball – USA vs. Spain (LIVE); Track & Field; Men’s & Women’s Gymnastics – Trampoline Competition; Beach Volleyball; Women’s Diving – Springboard Semifinals; Men’s Water Polo – USA vs. Croatia; Rowing – Gold Medal Finals; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Final; Women’s Badminton – Singles Gold Medal Finals
  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-2 p.m. — Women’s Tennis – Singles Gold Medal Final (LIVE) and Singles Bronze Medal Match; Track & Field – Men’s 20k Walk; Men’s Tennis – Doubles Gold Medal Final and Men’s Singles Bronze Medal Match; Women’s Field Hockey – USA vs. New Zealand; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Men’s Table Tennis Team Semifinals

Sunday, Aug. 17

  • NBC and NBC HD, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. — Women’s Basketball – USA vs. New Zealand (LIVE); Beach Volleyball Quarterfinal; Women’s Volleyball – USA vs. Poland; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Women’s Table Tennis – Team Gold Medal Final; Equestrian – Team Jumping Competition; Rowing – Gold Medal Finals
  • 12:35-2 a.m. — Track & Field Gold Medal Finals: Men’s 10K and Women’s Triple Jump; Men’s Beach Volleyball Quarterfinal; Women’s Triathlon
  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-2 p.m. — Women’s Beach Volleyball; Men’s Tennis – Singles Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Women’s Tennis – Doubles Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Women’s Handball – Russia vs. Germany; Men’s Table Tennis – Team Bronze Playoff

Monday, Aug. 18

  • NBC and NBC HD, 12:35-2 a.m. — Men’s Diving Springboard Semifinal; Men’s Triathlon
  • MSNBC, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. — Men’s Basketball – Argentina vs. Russia (LIVE); Women’s Soccer Semifinals (LIVE); Baseball – USA vs. China; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals; Men’s Handball – Germany vs. Denmark; Men’s Weightlifting 105kg Competition; Men’s Beach Volleyball

Tuesday, Aug. 19

  • NBC and NBC HD, 12:35-2 a.m. – Men’s Gymnastics – Trampoline Gold Medal Final; Men’s Cycling – BMX Competition (LIVE)
  • USA and USA HD, 2 a.m.-Noon — Women’s Basketball Quarterfinals (LIVE); Canoeing (LIVE); Women’s Handball Quarterfinals; Men’s Beach Volleyball Semifinal; Table Tennis Singles, First Round Competition; Women’s Water Polo Semifinal; Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals

Wednesday, Aug. 20

  • NBC and NBC HD, 8 p.m.-Midnight — Track & Field – Gold Medal Finals: Men’s 200-meter, Women’s 400-meter Hurdles; Gymnastics Gala Exhibition; Women’s Beach Volleyball Gold Medal Match (LIVE); Women’s Diving – Platform Semifinal (LIVE); Cycling – BMX Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)

Friday, Aug. 22

  • MSNBC, 5 a.m.-5 p.m. — Men’s Soccer Bronze Medal Match (LIVE); Baseball Semifinal; Men’s Volleyball Semifinal; Women’s Field Hockey Bronze Medal Game; Women’s Modern Pentathlon; Women’s Mountain Bike; Men’s Handball Semifinal

Saturday, Aug. 23

  • NBC and NBC HD, 12:30-5 a.m. — Men’s Basketball Gold Medal Game (LIVE); Men’s Mountain Bike; Men’s Table Tennis – Gold Medal Match

Sunday, Aug. 24

  • NBC and NBC HD 7-11 p.m. — Closing Ceremony

Events Schedule

Road Cycling Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 9 11:00 PM ET, Road Cycling – M Road Race – M Indiv
Aug 10 2:00 AM ET, Road Cycling – W Road Race – W Indiv
Aug 12 11:30 PM ET, Road Cycling – W Indiv Time Trial – W Indiv time trial
Aug 13 1:30 AM ET, Road Cycling – M Indiv Time Trial – M Indiv time trial

Track Cycling Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 15 5:45 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – First round
Aug 15 5:45 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – Qualifying
Aug 15 6:40 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – Final heat for bronze
Aug 15 6:45 AM ET, Track – M Team Sprint – Final heat for gold
Aug 16 4:30 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – First round
Aug 16 4:30 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – Qualifying
Aug 16 4:50 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – First round
Aug 16 5:05 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – First round
Aug 16 5:05 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – Qualifying
Aug 16 5:25 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – First round repechage summary
Aug 16 5:25 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – First round repechage
Aug 16 5:40 AM ET, Track – M Points Race – M Points Race
Aug 16 6:30 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – Second round
Aug 16 6:50 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for bronze
Aug 16 6:55 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for gold
Aug 16 7:15 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – Final round heat 1-6
Aug 16 7:20 AM ET, Track – M Keirin – Final round 7-12
Aug 16 11:05 PM ET, Track – W Sprint – Qual round
Aug 16 11:20 PM ET, Track – M Sprint – Qual round
Aug 17 4:30 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – 1/16 final
Aug 17 4:50 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – 1/16 final repechage summary
Aug 17 5:05 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for bronze
Aug 17 5:10 AM ET, Track – W 3000m Indiv Pursuit – Final heat for gold
Aug 17 5:15 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – 1/8 final
Aug 17 5:25 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – 1/8 final repechage summary
Aug 17 5:45 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – 1/8 final repechage summary
Aug 17 6:15 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – Qualifying
Aug 17 6:15 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – First round
Aug 18 4:30 AM ET, Track – W Points Race – W Points Race
Aug 18 5:05 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 1
Aug 18 5:20 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 1
Aug 18 5:45 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 2
Aug 18 6:00 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 2
Aug 18 6:15 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – Final heat for bronze
Aug 18 6:20 AM ET, Track – M 4000m Team Pursuit – Final heat for gold
Aug 18 6:30 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 3
Aug 18 6:40 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Quarterfinal heat 3
Aug 19 4:30 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Semi heat 1
Aug 19 4:50 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final heat for place 9-12
Aug 19 4:55 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Semi heat 2
Aug 19 5:05 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Semi heat 2
Aug 19 5:15 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final heat for place 9-12
Aug 19 5:20 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Semi heat 3
Aug 19 5:30 AM ET, Track – M Madison – Madison
Aug 19 6:30 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for bronze heat 1
Aug 19 6:35 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for gold heat 1
Aug 19 6:35 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for bronze heat 3
Aug 19 6:40 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for gold heat 1
Aug 19 6:45 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final heat for place 5-8
Aug 19 6:50 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final heat for place 5-8
Aug 19 7:00 AM ET, Track – W Points Race – Final for gold heat 2
Aug 19 7:00 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for gold heat 3
Aug 19 7:05 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for bronze heat 2
Aug 19 7:10 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for bronze heat 1
Aug 19 7:10 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for gold heat 2
Aug 19 7:10 AM ET, Track – M Sprint – Final for gold heat 3
Aug 19 7:25 AM ET, Track – W Sprint – Final for bronze heat 3

Triathlon Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 17 10:00 PM ET, Triathlon – W Triathlon – W Indiv
Aug 18 10:00 PM ET, Triathlon – M Triathlon – M Indiv

BMX Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 19 9:00 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Seeding phase run 2
Aug 19 9:45 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Seeding run 1
Aug 19 11:00 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Seeding run 2
Aug 19 11:40 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Quarterfinal 1
Aug 20 12:05 AM ET, BMX – M BMX – Quarterfinal 2
Aug 20 12:32 AM ET, BMX – M BMX – Quarterfinal 3
Aug 20 9:00 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Semi 1
Aug 20 9:08 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Semi 1
Aug 20 9:30 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Semi 2
Aug 20 9:38 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Semi 2
Aug 20 10:00 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Semi 3
Aug 20 10:08 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Semi 3
Aug 20 10:30 PM ET, BMX – W BMX – Final
Aug 20 10:40 PM ET, BMX – M BMX – Final

Mountain Bike Schedule
Date/Time Event

Aug 22 3:00 AM ET, Mountain Bike – W Cross Country – W Indiv
Aug 23 3:00 AM ET, Mountain Bike – M Cross Country – M Indiv

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