The UCI World Road Championship enters Day 4 of competition with Individual Time Trial crown up for grabs. Tony Martin is the hand-down favorite in this event following his exploit at Tour de France and the victory of Omega Pharma Quickstep in Sunday's Team Time Trial. But the presence of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Fabian Cancellera will surely make things tougher for the famous ITT expert.
Martin, ranked as the world's best Individual Time Trial rider, looks to live up to his hype as he faces the recently crowned Tour of Britain Champion. Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France and Olympic champion at ITT, will try to add another feather on his hat by winning the rainbow jersey at UCI Road World Championship.
According to C-Cycling, Wednesday's Individual Time Trial is expected to be a toe-to-toe duel between Martin and Wiggins with Fabian Cancellera emerging as the dark horse in the competition.
Here are some of analyses from C-Cycling before Wednesday's ITT
On Tony Martin vs. Bradley Wiggins
Half a year ago, I had no doubts Tony Martin would win this race and take his third consecutive World Champion title. However, I must admit Bradley Wiggins has been extremely strong recently. Both Martin and Wiggins are best on a course like this one and I think it will be a close fight. Still, I'll stick with Tony Martin as my number one favorite.
"He's been training on the course, he did the team time trial and he knows how to take the tricky corners in Florence. According to the German, he's in better shape than last year and he feels more prepared. He got a massive motivation boost when OPQS won the team time trial and he's now very confident.
On Cancellera's chances of making the Podium
"According to the bookmakers, Fabian Cancellara will take the bronze medal this Wednesday. The way I see it, Cancellara is a strong candidate but riders like Taylor Phinney and Adrian Malori have a solid chance of making podium as well."
Live Stream of UCI Road World Championship Individual Time Trial
Map of Race (C-Cyling)
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