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Individual Time Trial, Men

Date 1 August 2012 — 14:15
StatusOlympic
LocationHampton Court Palace, Richmond upon Thames, London
Participants37 from 30 countries
Venue detailsDistance: 44 km
Intermediate 1: 7.3 km
Intermediate 2: 18.4 km
Intermediate 3: 29.9 km

Had Helen Glover and Heather Stanning not won the coxless pairs event earlier in the day, Bradley Wiggins would have certainly been Britain’s best hope for bringing home its first gold medal of the Games. With a decorated past as a track cyclist that included six gold medals at the World Championships and four at the Olympics, his more recent successes as a road cyclist included second place in the time trial at the 2011 World Championships and an overall win of the Tour de France less than two weeks prior. This made him the favorite to capture the gold in the 2012 Olympic Time Trial, but he had to contend with Tony Martin, the reigning World Champion and perhaps the only rider who could truly challenge Wiggins for the top spot; Martin’s injury-plagued season, however, left his ability to challenge for the gold in doubt. The defending Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara was a potential challenger as well, but the crash he suffered during the road race several days earlier hampered his speed during the time trial and he was never a factor for the podium.

There were no surprises in the race: Wiggins dominated the course throughout and Martin came in with a comfortable second-place finish. Wiggins’ teammate Christopher Froome, who had come in second overall at the most recent Tour de France, took home the bronze. Wiggins’ victory gave him the highest lifetime total of medals for a British Olympian with seven, although the man he surpassed, rower Steven Redgrave, still held the title of most successful Olympian with five gold medals compared to Wiggins’ four.

PosNrCyclistNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)Int 3 (Pos)
12Bradley WigginsGBR50:39.548:27.53 (2)23:14.73 (1)34:43.99 (1)Gold
23Tony MartinGER51:21.548:22.60 (1)23:25.96 (2)35:06.09 (2)Silver
37Chris FroomeGBR51:47.878:32.81 (5)23:38.31 (3)35:25.37 (3)Bronze
44Taylor PhinneyUSA52:38.078:31.76 (4)23:59.98 (5)36:13.93 (7)
56Marco PinottiITA52:49.288:40.22 (8)24:04.38 (7)36:13.47 (6)
610Mick RogersAUS52:51.398:43.16 (9)24:02.42 (6)36:08.10 (5)
71Fabian CancellaraSUI52:53.718:28.16 (3)23:45.56 (4)36:03.45 (4)
89Bert GrabschGER53:18.048:45.95 (13)24:17.05 (8)36:29.82 (8)
919Jonathan CastroviejoESP53:29.368:43.70 (10)24:21.18 (9)36:31.03 (9)
1024Janez BrajkovičSLO54:09.728:51.09 (16)24:41.84 (12)37:10.86 (10)
1113Lieuwe WestraNED54:19.628:51.79 (19)24:45.20 (15)37:15.25 (11)
1212Vasil KiryienkaBLR54:30.298:57.04 (26)24:46.80 (16)37:22.19 (15)
1316Edvald Boasson HagenNOR54:30.878:44.95 (12)24:38.30 (10)37:16.59 (12)
1429Lars BakDEN54:33.218:53.68 (22)24:51.76 (19)37:30.23 (17)
1518Jakob FuglsangDEN54:34.498:49.30 (14)24:41.33 (11)37:17.64 (13)
1611Gustav LarssonSWE54:35.268:38.95 (7)24:50.27 (17)37:28.13 (16)
1722Philippe GilbertBEL54:39.988:49.35 (15)24:41.85 (13)37:18.83 (14)
1817Nélson OliveiraPOR54:41.578:51.27 (17)24:51.67 (18)37:30.33 (18)
1925Jack BauerNZL54:54.168:38.34 (6)24:44.40 (14)37:35.87 (19)
2014Denis MenshovRUS54:59.268:52.58 (20)24:56.80 (21)37:41.07 (20)
2115Ramūnas NavardauskasLTU55:12.329:00.03 (27)24:56.90 (22)37:46.96 (22)
2226Lars BoomNED55:29.748:51.69 (18)25:15.71 (24)37:47.07 (23)
2321Aleksandr VinokurovKAZ55:37.059:00.38 (28)25:26.70 (26)38:13.34 (24)
2432Fumiyuki BeppuJPN55:40.649:00.94 (29)25:32.59 (28)38:28.39 (27)
2523Maciej BodnarPOL55:49.678:53.68 (22)24:55.89 (20)37:44.29 (21)
2633Magno NazaretBRA55:50.778:52.81 (21)25:08.21 (23)38:13.98 (25)
2730David McCannIRL56:03.779:13.45 (32)25:43.27 (30)38:37.93 (28)
2820Ryder HesjedalCAN56:06.188:57.03 (25)25:21.11 (25)38:21.51 (26)
298Sylvain ChavanelFRA56:07.678:44.66 (11)25:32.07 (27)38:43.08 (29)
3028Michael AlbasiniSUI56:38.388:54.79 (24)25:33.53 (29)38:44.17 (30)
3131Asan BazayevKAZ56:40.779:16.98 (35)25:57.13 (32)39:11.08 (33)
325Luis León SánchezESP56:59.169:01.76 (30)26:08.90 (35)38:55.37 (31)
3336Tomás GilVEN57:05.129:14.05 (33)25:56.99 (31)39:09.17 (32)
3437Mouhcine LahsainiMAR57:25.249:32.59 (36)26:24.80 (36)39:32.31 (36)
3527Fabio DuarteCOL57:34.209:14.39 (34)26:05.63 (33)39:24.57 (34)
3635Ali Reza HaghiIRI57:41.449:09.53 (31)26:07.65 (34)39:30.59 (35)
3734Ahmet AkdilekTUR59:11.199:39.07 (37)26:57.40 (37)40:35.97 (37)