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Svein Tuft wins Silver at Worlds

September 26, 2008

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Photo Courtesy Canadian Cyclist

National Cycling Centre athlete Svein Tuft won a silver medal yesterday in the time trial at the Road World Championships in Varese, Italy. This is the first men's road medal since 1984 when Steve Bauer won bronze in the Worlds in Barcelona.

This is an impressive achievement particularly as he suffered a puncture to his front tire with six kilometres to go. Rather than switching tires he changed bikes. "I went through one of the corners a little hot, and then in the next corner I could feel the bike squirming around. At that point I think it was the quickest way to change bikes rather than fiddle around with a wheel change," he said.

Tuft was confident going in to the time trial having come seventh in the ITT at the Beijing Olympics. He also finished third overall in the Tour of Missouri so he was well prepared.

"This is the first year that I've had the opportunity to focus on the Olympics and the Worlds. Normally our team starts racing real early, so I'm pretty flat by the time Worlds come around. To be able to start to build up later in the year has been a great experience, and I was able to come to the Worlds fresh and motivated. I knew I could have a good ride after Beijing, but this is beyond expectations."

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