It’s all very well sitting on the sofa watching the Worlds, speaking words of wisdom in between mouthfuls of beer and handfuls of pretzels; but to get the real story, you need to speak to a man who pedaled those hard roads of Mendrisio. We gave Fabian’s loyal lieutenant, Rubens Bertogliati, Monday to recover; then hit the Diquigiovanni man with the questions on Tuesday morning.
We're still well in the midst of World Championships week, but if I mention the Big Day, there's only one day I could be talking about: Sunday. All of the other races are important, but nothing holds a candle to the main event on Sunday. PEZ takes a look at the names and teams to watch and makes a game effort at picking the podium. Read on!
Today was the day that the prognostication had to stop; it was time for the rubber to do the talking on the tar, over three laps and 49.8 kilometres of Swiss countryside. We didn’t manage a chat with Fabian, but team mate Rubens Bertogliati was happy to tell us about this wonderful day’s racing.
This morning, I had the unique opportunity to do a quick email interview with Tom Zirbel, just hours before he set out on his incredible 4th place ride. After Cancellara's astonishingly dominant performance, Tom was surely the story of the day. In one of those rare moments, we can look back at his pre-race words and smile. Read on.
We’ve said it before; ‘if it’s the real deal of a race, Pez will have a man in there!’ Today’s World Under 23 time trial championship at Mendrisio was no exception – 20 year-old GB rider, Alex Dowsett was only 16 seconds away from bronze, in seventh place.
It’s difficult to see who can stop Switzerland’s Fabian Cancellara from making it a hat trick of world time trial titles on Thursday afternoon in Mendrisio. The Saxo Bank man is the finest chrono man of his generation and with the added bonus of home roads – barring disasters – it’s very hard to see him being beaten. The other podium spots are not so clear cut, however.
The ink is barely dry on the Vuelta finishing sheets and we’re talking “the Worlds” – why? Because it’s our job, sir! Our man at Mendrisio for the ‘cronometro’ and ‘corsa in linea’ will be pro of ten years, former Tour de France yellow jersey holder and reigning Swiss elite time trial champion, Rubens Bertogliati (Diquigiovanni). We thought we’d catch up with Rubens before the Worlds, just to set the scene.