September 24, Men's Elite Individual Time Trial: Mendrisio 49.8km
Fabian Cancellara annihilated the field on his way to his third World Championship. Finishing in one minute, 27 seconds, which could have been as much as 1:45 had he not sat up before the line, Cancellara covered the 49.8 Km course in 0:57:55.74 (51.580 km/h average speed).
Cancellara will not celebrate his time trial title until after Sunday's road race. And he is hoping for a double celebration. "Last year I prepared well for Beijing, but I didn't have the confidence for the road race [in which he nonetheless won a bronze medal]," said Cancellara. "This year I am confident; I have the mental strength. My legs are ready but so is my head."
Second was Gustav Larsson (Sweden), followed by Tony Martin (Germany). Puttin in impressive performances were 4th and 5th placed Tim Zirbel (USA) and Marco Pinotti (Italy).
Photos: Sirotti (top), Riccardo Scanferla (bottom)