Canadian cyclist Svein Tuft of Langley, BC, finished 26th in the Men’s Time Trial at the 2010 UCI Road World Championships in Melbourne, in what he describes as the “worst day of my life.”
Tuft, the current and multiple Canadian Champion in Time Trial, completed the course in 1 hour 3 minutes 4 seconds, almost five minutes behind the victory time posted by Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland, the defending World Champion and current Olympic champion.
Tuft was amongst the international favourites to contend for a medal. In 2008, he won the silver medal at the World Championships in the Time Trial race.
“This is the worst day of my life. I broke down mentally. I was going well over the climbs and just over the last climb I said ‘this is where I need to lay down the power’ and it just wasn’t there,” said Tuft, visibly upset after the race.
“It’s the worst feeling when you know you just don’t have it. I had done some great efforts on the Time Trial machine prior to coming here and they were way better than today.”
The 42 competitors entered in the race completed two laps of a 22.8-kilometer circuit for a total distance of 45.6 kilometres.
Cancellara’s victory was dominating, defeating his closest competitor by over one minute. Cancellara, 29, has won the Time Trial World Title four times in the last five years, winning the prestigious rainbow jersey in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.
David Millar of Great Britain took the silver medal, and Germany’s Tony Martin grabbed the bronze medal.
The Road World Championships continue tomorrow with the Road Race for the Men’s U23 category.