Yes, even in the age of advanced photo finish cameras, you can still tie at a world championship event. Yesterday, for the first time in world championship history, the young American Taylor Phinney tied with Canadian Guillaume Boivin for third behind John Degenkolb, of Germany, and the Aussie winner, Michael Matthews. The tie marks the first in the UCI’s  history that they have been unable to determine a finish at a world championship event. Both riders were brought out onto the somewhat awkward podium and both awarded medals. Higher resolution photo after the break (click to blow up.) What do you think? Can you pick a winner?

With winner Michael Matthews (AUS) up the road, Phinney (bottom) and Boivin (top) tied for third, a World Championshp first.


  1. Their wheels are turned opposite directions so the hub position comes out the same when this is taken into account. The UCI knows what its doing here.

  2. er, differences in rider speed over the line can mean that a rider’s wheel appears shorter or longer in these timing ‘photos’ …in other words, bolvin’s hub crossing before phinney’s doesn’t mean that the front of phinney’s tire couldn’t have crossed first.

  3. They should’ve gone back to see who led the most laps, or at least who was ahead the most during the rest of the race. World championships are like the Super Bowl: no matter what, no one should be able to tie.

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