Dumoulin Wins Time Trial at 2017 UCI Road World Championships
The UCI Road World Championships 2017 are contested in Bergen, Norway and the men's elite individual time trial discipline was contested on a 31 kilometer route from Grieghallen/Festplassen to the top of the Mount Floyen climb.
Following the start at Grieghallen/Festplassen, the riders approached Lake Tveitevannet before returning to the city center for a 600 meter fine cobblestone challenge. The scenic route took the riders and viewers past many historic buildings. When the riders reached Vetrelidsallmenningen for the second time they had completed the first 27.6 kilometers of the course. The final 3.4 kilometers, however, offered a breathtaking struggle up the serpentine turns of Mount Fløyen - a mountain offering an average gradient percentage of no less than 9 percent.
The decision to include the 3.4 kilometer Mount Floyen climb as part of the route of the individual time trial discipline had been heavily criticized by leading time trial experts, including Germany's former World Champion Tony Martin.
Despite not having actual chances of success in today's discipline, Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen proved eager to deliver a strong performance in front of his home crowd. He fought hard, but did not finish in the top rankings.
Portugal's Nelson Oliveira soon set the fastest time followed by Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) and Italy's Gianni Moscon and this trio was in the hot seat before the race favorites left the start ramp.
Australia's Rohan Dennis showed great determinism and set impressive intermediate times, before he crashed - a crash which cost him valuable time and possibly the race victory and gold medal. Dennis finished 8th in 00:46:18 just ahead of Germany's former World Champion Martin who gave it his all, but was halted by the gradients in the final kilometers.
Slovenia's Primoz Roglic has had a remarkable season and the former professional ski jumper continued to impress in today's time trial. In an efficient way, he set a fast pace on his time trial bike and then switched to his road bike before subjecting himself to the painful terrors of Mount Fløyen. Roglic set the fastest finish time, but Tom Dumoulin was yet to start his race.
Great Britain's Christopher Froome, who recently won the Vuelta a Espana, put in a reasonably good ride today and was ten seconds behind the leading rider at the bottom of the Mount Floyen climb. Froome fought hard in the final climb, but alas his long season had started to wear and tear on his energy levels.
Race favorite Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) left the start ramp and quickly set the fastest times at the intermediate checkpoints. He almost caught Froome on the final climb, which should give Tour Champion Froome and Team Sky food for thought and worry before the 2018 Tour de France. Dumoulin won today's time trial event in 00:44:41 despite riding under rainy conditions and was crowned World Champion following a disciplined and focused performance that made all other contestants look inferior.
“I can’t believe it, it’s really amazing," Time Trial World Champion Dumoulin said. "I thought my power meter was off because it was so high. I felt really, really good. After it started raining I had to take the corners really slow, especially in the first kilometer of the climb with all the twists and turns, every corner my back wheel was slipping because I had my TT tyres on, as I thought it would stay dry, which it didn't."
"I do not regret coming here," bronze medalist Froome told Roadcycling.com. "Ever since I saw the route would include the mountain finish, I knew I wanted to be here. If I had stayed at home, I would have thought, what if."
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2017 UCI Road World Championships - Elite Men Individual Time Trial Results:
1 Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) 00:44:41
2 Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) 0:00:58
3 Christopher Froome (Great Britain) 0:01:21
4 Nelson Oliveira (Portugal) 0:01:29
5 Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) 0:01:29
6 Gianni Moscon (Italy) 0:01:29
7 Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands) 0:01:34
8 Rohan Dennis (Australia) 0:01:37
9 Tony Martin (Germany) 0:01:40
10 Jan Tratnik (Slovenia) 0:01:43
11 Bob Jungels (Luxembourg) 0:01:49
12 Nicolas Roche (Ireland) 0:01:54
13 Alexis Gougeard (France) 0:01:54
14 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain) 0:02:01
15 Ilnur Zakarin (Russian Federation) 0:02:04
16 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway) 0:02:11
17 Andrey Grivko (Ukraine) 0:02:15
18 Nikias Arndt (Germany) 0:02:16
19 Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania) 0:02:21
20 Martin Toft Madsen (Denmark) 0:02:33
21 Laurens De Plus (Belgium) 0:02:35
22 Yves Lampaert (Belgium) 0:02:35
23 Victor Campenaerts (Belgium)
24 Jan Barta (Czech Republic) 0:02:39
25 Stefan Kung (Switzerland) 0:02:46
26 Tejay Van Garderen (United States Of America) 0:02:48
27 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spain) 0:02:49
28 Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan) 0:03:05
29 Hugo Houle (Canada) 0:03:07
30 Alexander Evtushenko (Russian Federation) 0:03:07
31 Andreas Vangstad (Norway) 0:03:09
32 Tobias Ludvigsson (Sweden) 0:03:10
33 Rui Costa (Portugal) 0:03:11
34 Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark) 0:03:21
35 Jasha Sutterlin (Germany) 0:03:28
36 Mateusz Taciak (Poland) 0:03:29
37 Eduardo Sepulveda (Argentina) 0:03:32
38 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kazakhstan) 0:03:33
39 Hamish Bond (New Zealand) 0:03:34
40 Reto Hollenstein (Switzerland) 0:03:34
41 Joseph Rosskopf (United States Of America) 0:03:47
42 Serghei Tvetcov (Romania) 0:03:49
43 Tao Geoghegan Hart (Great Britain) 0:03:51
44 Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kazakhstan) 0:04:01
45 Jarlinson Pantano Gomez (Colombia) 0:04:11
46 Lukas Postlberger (Austria) 0:04:14
47 Riccardo Zoidl (Austria) 0:04:46
48 Robert Britton (Canada) 0:04:57
49 Willem Jakobus Smit (South Africa) 0:05:27
50 Maciej Bodnar (Poland) 0:06:02
51 Redi Halilaj (Albania) 0:06:03
52 Valens Ndayisenga (Rwanda) 0:06:06
53 Kostyantyn Rybaruk (Ukraine) 0:07:36
54 King Lok Cheung (Hong Kong, China) 0:08:14
55 Uri Martins Sandoval (Mexico) 0:08:23
56 Nazir Jaser (Syrian Arab Republic) 0:08:35
57 Elchin Asadov (Azerbaijan) 0:09:00
58 Eugert Zhupa (Albania) 0:09:15
59 Meron Teshome (Eritrea) 0:09:49
60 Ahmad Badreddin Wais (Syrian Arab Republic) 0:10:58
61 Arsalan Anjum Muhammad (Pakistan) 0:11:48
62 Gabriel Tan (Singapore) 0:12:47
63 Awais Khan (Pakistan) 0:12:52
64 Yi Peng Teoh (Singapore) 0:13:00
DNS Jermaine Burrowes (Guyana)