Source: Xinhua

08-13-2008 16:55

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

 BEIJING, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Swissman Fabian Cancellara won the men's time trial at the Beijing Olympic Games here on Wednesday.

Fabian Cancellara (R) of Switzerland is congratulated after finishing the Men’s Individual Time Trial of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games cycling event in Beijing, China, Aug. 13, 2008. Fabian Cancellara finished 47.3 km with a final time of 1:02:11.43 and won the gold medal in the event.(Xinhua Photo)
Fabian Cancellara (R) of Switzerland is congratulated after finishing 
the Men’s Individual Time Trial of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games 
cycling event in Beijing, China, Aug. 13, 2008. Fabian Cancellara 
finished 47.3 km with a final time of 1:02:11.43 and won the gold 
medal in the event.(Xinhua Photo)

    Dubbed as "Spartacus", the two-time defending world champion has demonstrated his fitness and endurance in the hilly Beijing course by taking the bronze medal of the men's road race.

    The Swiss man clocked one hour, two minutes and 11.43 seconds to grab the gold, while Gustav Larsson of Sweden claimed the silver in 1:02:44.79.

    The bronze medal went to Levi Leipheimer of the United States in 1:03:21.11.

    Spain's Alberto Contador placed fourth in 1:03:29.51 and Samuel Sanchez, the gold medallist of men's road race last week, got the sixth place in 1:04:37.24.

    As the highest placed rider from Athens to contest this year's Games, Michael Rogers of Australia finished only eighth in 1:04:46. 85. His teammate Cadel Evans, who just recovered from a knee injury, placed fifth in 1:03:34.97.

    The men's time trial, which features a climb and a descent just beneath the Great Wall, has a course of 47.3 kilometers.

    Thirty-nine cyclists from 28 countries and regions competed in the race.

Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland rides during the Men’s Individual Time Trial of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games cycling event in Beijing, China, Aug. 13, 2008. Fabian Cancellara finished 47.3 km with Final Time of 1:02:11.43 and won the gold medal in the event. (Xinhua Photo)
Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland rides during the Men’s Individual 
Time Trial of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games cycling event in Beijing, 
China, Aug. 13, 2008. Fabian Cancellara finished 47.3 km with Final 
Time of 1:02:11.43 and won the gold medal in the event. (Xinhua Photo)