Clockers: The Men’s Time Trial World Championship Preview

What do you get when you strip all of the nuance and character out of cycling? A time trial, of course. I’m kidding (well, maybe only half kidding). Time trials are often derided as ‘boring’ by cycling aficionados, and such a position has a point. However, time trials are also the simplest form of a cycling competition to understand. The winner is the person that pedals the fastest between point A and point B. That’s it. No need to know about strategy, drafting, team dynamics, the informal rules of the peloton, poorly paved Belgian roads, the temperament of Italian cyclists, or any of the other minutiae that dictates the outcome of road races and which make this sport both interesting and often impenetrable for neophytes. Yet, Wednesday will be only the 25th time, since 1994, that we have a chance to see a rider get crowned the strongest cyclist in ...

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