| Event type

Individual Time Trial, Men

Date13 – 13 August 2008 — 13:30
LocationGonglu Zixingche Saichang, Juyongguan
Participants39 from 29 countries
Format47.3 km.

The men raced two laps of the Beijing road course for a time trial of 47.3 km. The favorite was Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara, World Champion in 2006-07 and considered the best time trialist in the men’s peloton. Others to watch included German Stefan Schumacher, who had twon both time trials at the 2008 Tour de France, and the 2007 Tour de France champion, Spain’s Alberto Contador. He was the last starter of 39 riders and at that time the leader on the road was Sweden’s Gustav Larsson, who had started 32nd. Larsson was followed by top pro racer Levi Leipheimer (USA) but Leipheimer could only move into second place. Nobody bettered their times until Cancellara went on the course. Cancellara started slowly, and was placed only third at the first checkpoint. But he made his time on the downhill sections of the course, and came in just over 33 seconds ahead of Larsson. The 2008 World Champion, Bert Grabsch (GER), placed 14th.

1Fabian CancellaraSUI1-02:11.43Gold
2Gustav LarssonSWE1-02:44.79at 33.36Silver
3Levi LeipheimerUSA1-03:21.11at 1:09.68Bronze
4Alberto ContadorESP1-03:29.51at 1:18.08
5Cadel EvansAUS1-03:34.97at 1:23.54
6Samuel SánchezESP1-04:37.24at 2:25.81
7Svein TuftCAN1-04:39.44at 2:28.01
8Mick RogersAUS1-04:46.85at 2:35.42
9Stef ClementNED1-04:59.42at 2:47.99
10Robert GesinkNED1-05:02.88at 2:51.45
11Steve CummingsGBR1-05:07.91at 2:56.48
12David ZabriskieUSA1-05:17.82at 3:06.39
13Bert GrabschGER1-05:26.20at 3:14.77
14Vincenzo NibaliITA1-05:36.01at 3:24.58
15Ryder HesjedalCAN1-05:42.33at 3:30.90
16Rein TaaramäeEST1-05:47.33at 3:35.90
17Vladimir KarpetsRUS1-05:52.38at 3:40.95
18Chris Anker SørensenDEN1-05:55.42at 3:43.99
19Denis MenshovRUS1-06:10.54at 3:59.11
20Vasil KiryienkaBLR1-06:12.19at 4:00.76
21Marzio BruseghinITA1-06:20.95at 4:09.52
22Kim KirchenLUX1-06:29.63at 4:18.20
23Andrey MizurovKAZ1-06:32.05at 4:20.62
24Santiago BoteroCOL1-06:35.43at 4:24.00
25Maxime MonfortBEL1-07:12.71at 5:01.28
26László BodrogiHUN1-07:27.49at 5:16.06
27Simon ŠpilakSLO1-07:34.86at 5:23.43
28Matej JurčoSVK1-07:52.92at 5:41.49
29Matías MédiciARG1-07:53.09at 5:41.66
30David GeorgeRSA1-07:55.21at 5:43.78
31Andriy HryvkoUKR1-08:01.25at 5:49.82
32Brian VandborgDEN1-08:10.20at 5:58.77
33Przemysław NiemiecPOL1-08:43.43at 6:32.00
34Hossein AskariIRI1-08:46.30at 6:34.87
35Raivis BelohvoščiksLAT1-08:54.96at 6:43.53
36Denys KostiukUKR1-09:04.04at 6:52.61
37Matija KvasinaCRO1-09:06.49at 6:55.06
38Fumiyuki BeppuJPN1-11:05.14at 8:53.71
DQStefan SchumacherGER[1-05:25.38][at 3:13.95]1