Dumoulin wins in Bergen ...
Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands crushed his rivals to claim his first individual time trial title at the road cycling world championships on Wednesday, to add to the Giro d’Italia he won in May.
Despite the rain that hurt the chances of the late starters, Dumoulin clocked a time of 44min 41sec on the 31-kilometre course in Bergen. He beat second-placed Primoz Roglic of Slovenia by 57 seconds, while Briton Chris Froome finished third, 1min 21sec slower. Dumoulin actually came close to overtaking Tour de France champion Froome despite starting 90 seconds behind him.
“I can’t believe it, wow, it’s really amazing,” said Dumoulin. “I had such a good day I felt really really good. Then it started raining and I had to take the corners really slow especially in the climb.”
Dumoulin, whose previous best result was third in 2014, also won the team time trial with Sunweb last Sunday.
Defending champion Tony Martin lost too much ground in two passages of a brutal 3.4-kilometre climb at an average gradient of 9.1 percent to add to his four titles. (Reuters)
It's a Dutch double ...
Tom Dumoulin makes it two golds in two elite time trials for the Netherlands after his compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten won the women’s equivalent yesterday. She beat another Dutch woman, Anna van der Breggen into second place.
2017 World Championship men's ITT
- Gold: Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) 44min 41.00sec
- Silver: Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) +57.79sec
- Bronze: Chris Froome ) +1min 21.25sec
Tom Dumoulin finishes: The Dutchman smithereens his rivals, finishing in as time of 44min 44sec, relegating Primoz Roglic to second place, 57seconds back. Chris Froome finished just ahead of Roglic on the road but behind him on the clock, 1min 21sec exactly. He’s in the bronze medal position and only Tony Martin, who is still out on the road, can deny him. The jig looks up for Martin, however. Dumoulin takes gold, Roglic takes silver and Froome bronze in the World Championship Individual Men’s Time Trial.
Jonathan Castroviejo finishes: The Spaniard is over a minute behind Roglic. Just three riders left out on the course.
Roglic takes the lead: With five riders left out on the course, Primoz Roglic goes into the lead, relegating Nelson Oliveira to second and Vasil Kiryenka to third. Out on the road, Chris Froome is chipping away at the lead, while Tom Dumoulin is still quickest.
Primoz Roglic is going well: The Slovenian is slightly quicker than clubhouse leader Nelson Oliveira as he makes his way up the climb.
Froome hits the climb: He doesn’t change to a road bike and behind him, Tom Dumoulin pedals straight through the cobbled square where the bike changes take place without stopping. Froome is in sixth place at the moment, 51 seconds slower than Tom Dumoulin.
Rohan Dennis approaches the climb: The Australian appears to have suffered a crash that wasn’t captured by the TV cameras and is well off the pace as he hits the foot of Mount Floyen without changing to a road bike. It’s bucketing down with rain.
Chris Froome has it all to do: Tom Domoulin passes the third checkpoint in a time of 24min 42sec. It’s the fastest by 32 seconds ahead of Tony Martin, while Chris Froome was only seventh fastest, 41 seconds off the pace.
Tom Dumoulin quickest at 11.5km mark: The Dutchman is flying, having put 10 seconds into Rohan Dennis. At the third checkpoint, he’s 34 seconds quicker than Chris Froome. It’s raining quite heavily out on the course now and it’s difficult to see Froome clawing back that deficit. Meanwhile the camera cuts to Rohan Dennis, who is bleeding from his knee. It looks like he’s had a crash, but he may have banged his knee off his handlebars.
It’s raining again: Good news for our clubhous leaders - it’s raining out on the course, which is not going to help those still negotiating the roads if it keeps up.
An email from Andrew Benton: “I just calculated that the 0.23 sec difference between Kiriyenka and Oliviera is a 0.00008% difference,” he writes. “If played out on a football field, it would mean scoring 12501 goals to your opponents 12500. What a game that would be.”
Froome approaches the 11.5km time check: Rohan Dennis has set the fastest time and Froome is 13.6 seconds down as he passes - the eighth fastest rider. “That’s roughly where he needs to be if he’s to be in with a chance of winning,” says Chris Boardman. Ahead of Froome, Maciej Bodnar had been passed by his 90-second man, Primoz Roglic, but has gone ahead of him again.
Vasil Kiriyenka finishes Representing Belarus, the Sky rouleur has left nothing out on the course and comes up less than half a second short. He finishes 0.23sec behind Nelson Oliveira in a time of 46min 09.75sec. The time to beat is 46min 09.52sec.
Tom Dumoulin is away ... The race favourite sets off and is followed 90 seconds later by the reigning champion Tony Martin.
Your top three
- Nelson Oliveira (Portugal) 46min 09sec
- Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) +5sec
- Jan Tratnik (Slovenia) +14sec
Chris Froome is away ...
Wearing a white and blue skinsuit, the second favourite sets off on his “race of truth”.
We have a new leader: Portugal’s Nelson Oliveira is the new leader, having finished six seconds quicker than Wilco Kelderman. Behind him, Alexis Gougeard was third fastest on the road but has suffered a mechanical almost within sight of the finish line. It looks like his chain seized up and he finishes 25 seconds down.
Rohan Dennis is on the road: The Australian is fancied to make the podium today and gets his assault on these world championships under way.
Man down! Man down! Poland’s Maciej Bodnar comes a cropper, skidding on a pot hole at the very first turn, coming off his bike and sliding across the road. He remounts and continues on his way.
Edvald Boasson Hagen makes his way up the climb: A Norwegian, he is getting a fantastic reception from the crowds lining the narrow road to the summit. Behind him, Vasil Kiriyenka is joint fastest at the final time-check.
Tejay Van Garderen is away: We’re down to the final tranche of riders and Tejay Van Garderen is the first one of them down the ramp. Russia’s Ilnur Zakarin is next. At the finish line, Nicolas Roche from Ireland finishes 19 seconds off the pace set by Wilco Kelderman, which is enough to put him third in the clubhouse.
An email from Adrian Gentry: “Paul Griffin’s email has made me very nostalgic,” he says. “I have found the TT scene here in Canada to be very similar. But substitute the dual carriage way for some back woods farm road and the abusive drivers for the ever present risk of being sprayed by a skunk.”
The final 10 riders ...
- 10 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) 3.50pm BST
- 9 Ilnur Zakarin (Russia) 3.51:30
- 8. Bob Jungels (Luxembourg) 3.53:00
- 7. Maciej Bodnar (Poland) 3.54:30
- 6. Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) 3.56:00
- 5 Rohan Dennis (Australia) 3:57:30
- 4 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain) 3.59:00
- 3 Chris Froome (Great Britain) 4.00:00
- 2 Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) 4.02:00
- 1 Tony Martin (Germany) 4.03:30
Your top five
- Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) 46min 15sec
- Jan Tratnik (Slovenia) +9sec
- Andrey Grivko (Ukraine) +40
- Nikias Arndt |(Germany) +41sec
- Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania) + 46sec
Vasil Kiriyenka is out on the road: The Belarusian winner of this time trial two years ago was the last rider of the penultimate group to set off and didn’t get off to the best of starts. He seemed to have some problem withy his radio mike and helmet and seemed a bit distracted on the first couple of bends.
We have a new leader: Wilco Kelderman from the Netherlands goes into the lead after a fine ride in time of 46min 15sec. He leads Jan Tratnik by nine seconds.
An email from Ruaraidh Gillies: “Given that the 2019 World Championships are being held in Yorkshire, one has to respond to Paul Griffin’s email thus,” he writes. “‘Hedge? He had it lucky! We had to get changed in the central reservation of the dual carriageway (cobbled), pick our own tea leaves and bake our own cake once we got back’ etc etc.”
Belgium’s Victor Campenaerts sets off: There are 16 riders left to go. At the finish line, Olympic rowing gold medallist Hamish Bond has just crossed the line in his first major bike race. We’ll have his time shortly, but he won’t be troubling the top 10.
Tao Geoghegan Hart speaks: “I think I’d have to use the beep noise to describe that ride,” he tells the BBC, having come off his bike on his way around before remounting and finishing. “I couldn’t get on top of it, I couldn’t get my breathing right. It just wasn’t a good ride.”
An email from Paul Griffin: “Watching your coverage has reminded me that the World Time Trial championships will be held in the UK the year after next,” he says. “Excitements! I hope the organisers allow the event to have authentic British TT feel: entry £2 on the day; changing room in a hedge behind a lay-by; a tubular tyre as 1st prize, fruit cake and tea in a polystyrene cup afterwards, and volleys of abuse from drivers along a windswept dusk dual carriageway, all of them keen to discuss the immorality of hypothecated taxes via the medium of hand gestures.”
Tao Geoghegan Hart update: Having got around the course without managing to get himself on TV once, Britain’s “other” rider went around in a time of 48min 28sec, a mite over two minutes slower than the slowest time posted to date.
He’ll be focusing his attention on the road race later this week and this was more a training ride for him than anything else. Steve Cummings was originally due to participate in this time trial, but withdrew. Teo took his place.
It’s as you were with the first three: Slovenia’s Jan Tratnik remains the clubhouse leader with the best of the rest still to set off. Tom Dumoulin is 4-6 favourite with the bookmakers, followed by Chris Froome at 7-2 and Rohan Dennis at the same price.
Jarlinson Pantano is out on the road: There are 21 riders remaining, including all the Big Guns. Stay tuned ...
Just 26 more riders left to start: One for each letter of the alphabet and our winner will almost certainly come from this group. The weather has picked up in Bergen, where the road has dried out and the sun is shining. Austria’s Lukas Postlberger will be next out, followed Martin Totte Madsen (Denmark), Andrey Grivko (Ukraine) , Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) and Jarlinson Pantano (Colombia). After they go, there’ll be another 30-minute interval before Nicolas Roche (Ireland) sets off.
Hamish Bond: The New Zealand rider
hits the foot of the climb sets off and it will be interesting to see how he fares. He has won two Olympic gold medals and eight world championship medals ... at rowing, the most recent coming in the coxless pairs at Rio 2016.
The next group of riders: The next set of 11 riders will begin setting off at 90-second intervals at 2.20pm (BST)The penultimate group start going off at 3.05pm (BST) and the final group start going off at 3.50pm. The two hot favourites, Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin go out third from last and second from last respectively. Reigning champion tony Martin will be last down the ramp.
Your current top five
- Jan Tratnik (Slovenia) 46min 24sec
- Niklas Arndt (Germany) +32sec
- Laurens De Plus (Belgium) +51sec
- Gorkie Izaguirre (Spain) +1min 05sec
- Al;exey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan) +1min 21sec
Arndt goes second: The German was quickest on the course at the final time check, but blew up a bit on the final climb. He goes second with a time of 46min 57sec, over 30 seconds behind leader Jan Tratnik.
A new leader: Slovenian rider Jan Tratnik has been the fastest man around the course so far in a time of 46min 24sec, fully 51 seconds quicker than his nearest rival, Laurens De Plus from Belgium. There are less than 10 riders left to go out before I start monitoring the progress of cyclists I’ve actually heard of. Andrey Grivko from Ukraine will be the first of them at 2.32pm (BST).
Out on the road: Germany’s Nikias Arndt is the quickest rider out on the course at the moment as he passes the time-check at 27.6km in a time of 35min 33sec.
To change bikes or not to change II: Those more adept at changing their bicycles than Mr Lutsenko, below, are taking about 10-12 seconds between slowing down, switching conveyances and getting going again. The risk-v-reward of such a move is quite the quandary - on BBC, Chris Boardman said that he and an eggheaded stats guru pal of his worked out that the maximum benefit of switching bicycles would be no more than 12-14 seconds. When you factor in the possibility of things going wrong on the changeover, below again, Boardman reckons it’s not worth changing. For all that, the riders who do change to road bikes for the climb seem to be a lot more comfortable in their more orthodox riding position.
Four time-checks today ...
The second of six groups of riders are out on the road and the favourites won’t be going until last. Those who have finished already enjoyed time-checks at the 3.2km, 11.5km, 19.4km and 27.6km marks. The only time check that matters, of course, comes at the 31-kilometre mark.
Corrections and clarifications: Apologies to Alexey Lutsenko, who Twitter user David Gladwell informs is actually from Kazakhstan, not Ukraine. I shall now expunge all previous mentions of this proud Kazakh’s Ukrainian heritage and we’ll pretend it never happened.
Laurens De Plus is quickest: The Belgian rider finishes the course in a time of 47min 16sec and is clubhouse leader at this very early stage of the competition.
Tao Geoghan Hart is away: The young Sky rider from Hackney rolls down the ramp and sets off on his “race of truth”. Meanwhile at the finishing post, Syrian rider Ahmad Wais struggles up the hill and is more than six minutes off the slow pace set by Aleksey Lutsenko.
Lasse Norman Hansen decides not to change bike: The Danish rider rolls past the bike change pit at the foot of the climb and opts not to change from his time trial bike to a road bike and ploughs straight up Mount Floyen without stopping. Meanwhile back at the start, the second wave of riders are being unleashed one by one. Great Britain’s other entrant, Tao Geoghan Hart is in this group and will set off at 1.02pm (BST). The 22-year-old is a rider with Team Sky, but will be riding in the colours of Great Britain today.
Lutsenko finishes: The Kazakh rider who was first down the ramp finishes the course in a time of 47min 45 sec, which seems ridiculously slow. I suspect he won’t be troubling the medal presentation party at the end of today’s race.
Lutsenko almost finished: He makes his way up the narrow, twisting ascent to the finish, where large crowds are lining either side of the ridiculously narrow road. The only flags on show are those of Norway and the crowd are being held back by the kind of plastic tape police use to mark a crime scene. Here’s hoping that doesn’t lead to problems later, although anyone who’s ever paid for a drink in Norway will know it’s unlikely the crowd will be as inebriated and troublesome as their Tour de France counterparts.
Alexey Lutsenko approaching the climb: The first rider in the race changes his bike on the red carpet next to the pertinent pit on the cobbles ahead of the climb and makes a complete dog’s breakfast of it. His mechanic gives him a push, but Lutsenko fails to get going properly, almost loses his balance and has to take his cleat out of one pedal to stop himself falling over. Once he gets it back in, he gets another push, but it’s not on the designated stretch of carpet, which is about 20 feet in length, so he may get punished or even disqualified for that.
Chris Froome on today’s time trial: Speaking to the Telegraph yesterday, Froome said he had not prepared specially for today’s event, but decided to have a bash at it anyway.
“It’s not something I’ve trained specifically for,” he said. “I’ve come here off the back of the Tour and the Vuelta with whatever form I’ve got on that start line. And I’m up against guys who have focused the last few months of their season specifically one this. So it’s a tricky one. But at the same time I’d much rather be here and be giving it a shot, rather than being at home and wondering ‘what if?’”
Tom Dumoulin, Froome’s main rival for today’s race, has spent his time since winning the Giro d’Italia, training specifically for this event.
Eleven riders out on the course already: Alexey Lutsenko got proceedings under way and the most recent to set was Laurens De Plus from Belgium. There’ll be a break of 30 minutes before the next group of riders set off, just to help keep things more manageable.
Weather report: It’s just stopped raining in Bergen as the first few riders set off on their way around the course. The ramp out of the starting hut looks quite slippery, while the white markings on the wet road are also potentially hazardous. The main contenders won’t be getting going until page two of the starting list, but these less well known pioneers will give us some indication of what kind of time the eventual winner can hope to post. Chris Boardman is commentating for the BBC and guesstimates that it will take around 40 minutes.
Riders to watch (all times BST) ...
- Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) 2.33:30
- Jarlinson Pantano (Colombia) 2.35:00
- Nicolas Roche (Ireland) 3.05:00
- Tobias Ludvigsson (Sweden) 3.17:00
- Stefan Kung (Switzerland) 3.18:30
- Vasil Kirienka (Belarus) 3.20:00
- Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) 3.56:00
- Rohan Dennis (Australia) 3.57:30
- Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain) 3.59:00
- Chris Froome (Great Britain) 4.00:30
- Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) 4.02:00
- Tony Martin (Germany) 4.03:30
To change or not to change ...
Competitors in today’s will have the option of stopping off at a pit zone to change their time trial bikes for lighter road bikes ahead of the climb to the finish line. Riders must decide whether the time they lose to a bike change can be more than made up for by the lighter bike and any increased power output from adopting a different riding position. According to Cycling Weekly, Tom Dumoulin told Dutch reporters he will probably change bikes ahead of the climb.
“The climb is heavy, but not as heavy as I expected,” he said. “I understood that it was ten percent on average, but it was not really. There are also sections that go down a bit.” Dumoulin added that he expected to make his final decision after yesterday’s training spin.
Men's individual time trial - the route
Today’s course has “a spectacular summit finish at Mount Fløyen”, according to the UCI website, who reveal that the 3.4km climb to the finish will “pose a real challenge for the riders who aim for the coveted UCI rainbow jersey”. The ascent up Mount Fløyen is 3.4km in duration with a gradient of 9.1% and boasts no fewer than 19 hairpin bends which will help sort out the men from the boys. The inclusion of this climb to the finish will not suit riders such as Rohan Dennis (Australia) and Tony Martin (Germany) and many commentators are expecting today’s race to be a straight shoot-out between Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin.
Greetings cycling fans ...
The men’s individual time trial takes place at the World Championships in Bergen, Norway, today, a 31-kilometre race of truth in which specialists against the clock such as Tour-Vuelta double-winner Chris Froome, Giro winner Tom Domoulin and defending champion Tony Martin, among others, will duke it out in their national colours in the hope of winning the gold medal. There are 65 competitors in total and the first man down the ramp goes off at 12.05pm (BST). Stay tuned for regular updates and progress reports aqs the action unfolds.