Kristen Armstrong wins women's ITT; Fabian Cancellara brings gold home for Switzerland.
Emma Johansson of Sweden launches from the starting gate at the women's individual time trial race in Beijing. Johannson, who won the silver medal during the women's road race Sunday, took 21st place during the time trial, pulling in 3 minutes 27 seconds behind gold medalist Kristin Armstrong of the United States.
Team USA Kristin Armstrong bounced back from a disappointing road race for the USA women's cycling team and took the gold during the women's individual time trial this morning, beating Emma Pooley (UK) by 24 seconds. Karen Thurig of Switzerland came in a minute behind Armstrong to take the bronze medal.
Christine Thorburn (USA) of Palo Alto pulled in three seconds behind Thurig to get fifth place.
Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland took his second medal from Beijing with his time trial gold win. Cancellara brought it home 1 hour 2 minute time in his race against the clock. Gustav Erik Larsson (Ssweden) took the silver medal while American Levi Leipheimer rounded out the podium with his bronze medal. The other member of the USA time trial team, David Zabriskie, placed 12th.
This story of Cancellara's race to the bronze in the St. Louis Post Dispatch is a good account of what Fabian did for this third place finish on the road race. "It’s one of the most extraordinary individual efforts I’ve seen in more than 30 years covering sports," writes Dave Luecking. "Folks, Cancellara’s averaged almost 70 kilometers per hour, or in U.S. lingo, about 44 miles per hour, en route to the final kilometer."