Cycling at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's road time trial

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Men's road time trial
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
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Winner Bradley Wiggins as he approached Bushy Park, 2 km from the finish line.
Venue London and Surrey
Date 1 August
Competitors 37 from 31 nations
Winning time 50:39.54
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    Germany
Bronze medal    Great Britain
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The men's road time trial, one of the cycling events at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, took place on 1 August over a 44 km (27.3 mi) course in southwest London and Surrey.[1]

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain won the gold medal.[2][3][4][5]


Each nation in the top 15 of the 2011 UCI World Tour, top 7 of the UCI Europe Tour, top 4 of the UCI America Tour, top 2 of the UCI Asia Tour and leaders of the UCI Oceania and Africa Tours qualified to have one rider in the race. In addition, ten nations gained an extra rider through the performance of their riders in the 2011 UCI World Time Trial Championships; these were Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Australia, Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Denmark, Spain, Sweden and Canada. The United States were given an extra rider at the expense of Luxembourg, who were not represented in the race.

Pre-race favourites[edit]

The defending champion in this discipline was Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland. He was expected to mount a strong challenge, but crashed heavily in the closing stages of the Olympic road race, initially putting his participation in the time trial in doubt. Scans revealed that he had avoided breaking his collarbone for the second time in the season, though, and he started in the time trial.[6]

The winner of the 2012 Tour de France, Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain was also considered a big favourite, having won seven previous time trials in the 2012 season, and was looking to add to the six Olympic medals he has won on the track. World Champion Tony Martin of Germany was tipped as an early favourite, but had suffered an injury-wrecked season, and pulled out of the Tour de France in an effort to be fit for the Olympic race.[7]

Of the other contenders, Wiggins' British team mate Chris Froome showed strong form at the Tour de France, where he finished second overall and second to Wiggins in two time trials. Another of Wiggins' trade team mates, Michael Rogers, the 2003–2005 time trial world champion represented Australia, with 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans electing not to start due to fatigue. Young American Taylor Phinney, who won the opening time trial of the 2012 Giro D'Italia represented the United States. Sylvain Chavanel was the sole French rider, along with Luis León Sánchez of Spain and Marco Pinotti, winner of a time trial in the Giro, who represented Italy.


Hampton Court Palace hosted the start and finish of the time trial.

The competition consisted of a time trial over one lap of a 44 km (27.3 mi) course, with staggered starts.[8]


Date Time Round
Wednesday 1 August 2012 14:15 (BST) Final


The entry list was published on 1 August.[9]

Rank Rider Time
1st  Bradley Wiggins (GBR) 50:39.54
2nd  Tony Martin (GER) 51:21.54
3rd  Chris Froome (GBR) 51:47.87
4  Taylor Phinney (USA) 52:38.07
5  Marco Pinotti (ITA) 52:49.28
6  Michael Rogers (AUS) 52:51.39
7  Fabian Cancellara (SUI) 52:53.71
8  Bert Grabsch (GER) 53:18.04
9  Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP) 53:29.36
10  Janez Brajkovič (SLO) 54:09.72
11  Lieuwe Westra (NED) 54:19.62
12  Vasil Kiryienka (BLR) 54:30.29
13  Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) 54:30.87
14  Lars Bak (DEN) 54:33.21
15  Jakob Fuglsang (DEN) 54:34.49
16  Gustav Larsson (SWE) 54:35.26
17  Philippe Gilbert (BEL) 54:39.98
18  Nelson Oliveira (POR) 54:41.57
19  Jack Bauer (NZL) 54:54.16
20  Denis Menchov (RUS) 54:59.26
21  Ramūnas Navardauskas (LTU) 55:12.32
22  Lars Boom (NED) 55:29.74
23  Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ) 55:37.05
24  Fumiyuki Beppu (JPN) 55:40.64
25  Maciej Bodnar (POL) 55:49.67
26  Magno Nazaret (BRA) 55:50.77
27  David McCann (IRL) 56:03.77
28  Ryder Hesjedal (CAN) 56:06.18
29  Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) 56:07.67
30  Michael Albasini (SUI) 56:38.38
31  Assan Bazayev (KAZ) 56:40.77
32  Luis León Sánchez (ESP) 56:59.16
33  Tomás Gil (VEN) 57:05.12
34  Mouhcine Lahsaini (MAR) 57:25.24
35  Fabio Duarte (COL) 57:34.20
36  Alireza Haghi (IRI) 57:41.44
37  Ahmet Akdilek (TUR) 59:11.19


  1. ^ "Olympic sport competition schedule". London 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  2. ^ "Bradley Wiggins wins Olympics gold in cycling time trial". BBC Sport. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Fotheringham, William (1 August 2012). "Bradley Wiggins wins time trial gold to become Britain's most prolific Olympian". Guardian UK (London). Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Wiggins makes history as Britain wins first golds at London 2012". CNN. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Wiggins rides into history in Olympic time trial". Cycling News. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Skretta, Dave (31 July 2012). "Cycling: 'Hard-man' Fabian Cancellara likely to defend time-trial title". The Independent (London). 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Time Trial competition format". London 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  9. ^ "London 2012 Olympic Games: Men's time trial start list". 24 July 2012. 

External links[edit]

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