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

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]

Men's road time trial
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Bradley Wiggins 3, London 2012 Time Trial - Aug 2012.jpg
Winner Bradley Wiggins as he approached Bushy Park, 2 km from the finish line.
VenueLondon and Surrey
Date1 August
Competitors37 from 31 nations
Winning time50:39.54
1st, gold medalist(s) Bradley Wiggins  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Tony Martin  Germany
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Chris Froome  Great Britain
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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 favouritesEdit

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]

Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain was also considered a big favourite[failed verification], having won seven previous time trials in the 2012 season.[clarification needed][failed verification]. Current 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, Great Britain's Chris Froome had shown strong form at the Tour de France, where he finished second in two time trials[citation needed]. 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.[citation needed] Young American Taylor Phinney, who won the opening time trial of the 2012 Giro D'Italia represented the United States.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]


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 Country Time
  Bradley Wiggins   Great Britain 50:39.54
  Tony Martin   Germany 51:21.54
  Chris Froome   Great Britain 51:47.87
4 Taylor Phinney   United States 52:38.07
5 Marco Pinotti   Italy 52:49.28
6 Michael Rogers   Australia 52:51.39
7 Fabian Cancellara   Switzerland 52:53.71
8 Bert Grabsch   Germany 53:18.04
9 Jonathan Castroviejo   Spain 53:29.36
10 Janez Brajkovič   Slovenia 54:09.72
11 Lieuwe Westra   Netherlands 54:19.62
12 Vasil Kiryienka   Belarus 54:30.29
13 Edvald Boasson Hagen   Norway 54:30.87
14 Lars Bak   Denmark 54:33.21
15 Jakob Fuglsang   Denmark 54:34.49
16 Gustav Larsson   Sweden 54:35.26
17 Philippe Gilbert   Belgium 54:39.98
18 Nelson Oliveira   Portugal 54:41.57
19 Jack Bauer   New Zealand 54:54.16
20 Denis Menchov   Russia 54:59.26
21 Ramūnas Navardauskas   Lithuania 55:12.32
22 Lars Boom   Netherlands 55:29.74
23 Alexander Vinokourov   Kazakhstan 55:37.05
24 Fumiyuki Beppu   Japan 55:40.64
25 Maciej Bodnar   Poland 55:49.67
26 Magno Nazaret   Brazil 55:50.77
27 David McCann   Ireland 56:03.77
28 Ryder Hesjedal   Canada 56:06.18
29 Sylvain Chavanel   France 56:07.67
30 Michael Albasini   Switzerland 56:38.38
31 Assan Bazayev   Kazakhstan 56:40.77
32 Luis León Sánchez   Spain 56:59.16
33 Tomás Gil   Venezuela 57:05.12
34 Mouhcine Lahsaini   Morocco 57:25.24
35 Fabio Duarte   Colombia 57:34.20
36 Alireza Haghi   Iran 57:41.44
37 Ahmet Akdilek   Turkey 59:11.19


  1. ^ "Olympic sport competition schedule". London 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Bradley Wiggins wins Olympics gold in cycling time trial". BBC Sport. 1 August 2012. Archived from the original on 28 November 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.
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  8. ^ "Time Trial competition format". London 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
  9. ^ "London 2012 Olympic Games: Men's time trial start list". 24 July 2012.

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