24/09 - Ponferrada - 47.10 km
After the team time trial on Sunday, it’s now time for the individual time trial at the World Championships in Ponferrada.
From the start, the first 15 km are the same as in the team time trial. Upon reaching the first time check in Carracedelo, instead of turning left as they did in the TTT, the riders continue straight-out towards Cacabelos where they get back onto the roads of the team time trial. The second time check comes in Comporanaya after a couple of undulating kilometers, known from the TTT. The majority of the following 10 km also take place on the TTT course. However, instead of turning right to start on the last descent, the riders continue straight-out towards the third time check. From here, they take on the final 12 km of the road race course, including the two climbs.
The first climb is not very demanding. The descent, however, is very steep and narrow. As of Monday, the weather forecast doesn’t predict rain. Hopefully it won’t change. This decent will become very dangerous should the roads get wet. After coming down and crossing the bridge and passing through the tunnel, the riders start climbing immediately. The following 2.2 km are uphill with an average gradient of around 5 %. From the top, there are only 4.7 km to go. The last 3 km are the same as in the TTT.
As you can see on the profile, this time trial is divided into two parts. The first 30 km are relatively flat while the last 15 km are hilly. You will be able to go extremely fast on the first part. However, it’s very important to still have something left in the legs for the two climbs. As the last time check comes before taking on these hills, we could easily see big changes in the classification on the last 12 km.