Dennis routs Dumoulin in world time trial championships

It was billed as a duel between Dumoulin and Dennis, but the Australian handily beats the defending world champ to take the title.

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INNSBRUCK, Austria (AFP) — Rohan Dennis beat favorite Tom Dumoulin at the world individual time trial championships on Wednesday, with the Australian lifting his bike aloft in triumph at the finish line.

Dennis completed the 52.1km course around Innsbruck in 1:03:02. The Dutchman Dumoulin was a distant 1:21 behind in a race that had been billed as a duel between the two.

The bronze medal went to Victor Campenaerts, of Belgium, who was a fraction of a second behind the 2017 world TT champ Dumoulin.

Dennis, who has won time trials and worn the leader’s jersey at all three grand tours, said that earning the right to wear the world champion’s rainbow jersey for a year was a dream come true.

“I have been targeting this since I was a junior and it’s absolutely amazing, a dream come true,” he said.

“At the hill, Brad McGee was coaching me,” said Dennis of the tough 5km climb at the 30km mark which was his major challenge.

“He was mainly trying to keep me calm because I was so nervous about the climb.

“And as soon as I got to the top I knew I could get a time at the very least as fast as he [Dumoulin] did.”

Dennis never let up, hitting speeds of almost 90kph on the narrow descent of the day’s climb, where he overtook Spanish time-trial specialist Jonathan Castroviejo.

The tactic paid off handsomely for the Australian, who has just signed a deal to join the Bahrain-Merida team led by Italy’s former Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali.

Adelaide native Dennis, a former holder of the hour record, has won the Australian time trial championship for the past three years.

“I’d like to thank all the folks back home in Australia, especially my wife, I’m sure she’s smiling now,” said Dennis.

“I’m going to relax and enjoy wearing this rainbow jersey.”

Dumoulin, who won the Giro d’Italia in 2017 before claiming worlds time trial victory for the first time, looked ashen at the finish, but was smiling again by the time he got to the podium and warmly congratulated the winner.

Having pushed hard in the team event on Sunday, the Dutchman appeared not to have fully recovered from his efforts.

“I felt bad from the first kilometer,” said Dumoulin, who also finished runner-up in both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France earlier this year.

“I was feeling good on Sunday but here I understood quickly I wasn’t going to win. When I got off the bike at the end I felt like and old man.”

Dennis added: “I’m not that surprised because I knew he had pushed hard in the team time-trial by riding a lot at the front.”

World Championships ME - ITT Results

Time Trial
1DENNIS RohanAustralia1:03:02
2DUMOULIN TomNetherlands1:21
3CAMPENAERTS VictorBelgium1:21
4KWIATKOWSKI MichałPoland2:04
5OLIVEIRA NelsonPortugal2:14
6CASTROVIEJO JonathanSpain2:17
7MARTIN TonyGermany2:25
8BEVIN PatrickNew Zealand2:34
9KIRYIENKA VasilBelarus3:07
10MADSEN Martin ToftDenmark3:23
11SCHACHMANN MaximilianGermany3:39
12KÜNG StefanSwitzerland3:44
13LUTSENKO AlexeyKazakhstan4:07
14BÁRTA JanCzech Republic4:08
15ROSSKOPF JoeyUnited States4:20
16KELDERMAN WilcoNetherlands4:21
17BODNAR MaciejPoland4:22
18KRAGH ANDERSEN SørenDenmark4:28
19VAN EMDEN JosNetherlands4:33
20THOMAS BenjaminFrance4:44
21KANGERT TanelEstonia4:45
22SOLER MarcSpain4:47
23JUNGELS BobLuxembourg4:47
24ČERNÝ JosefCzech Republic4:49
25BOND HamishNew Zealand4:50
26BRÄNDLE MatthiasAustria4:51
27VAN GARDEREN TejayUnited States4:53
28DE MARCHI AlessandroItaly5:05
29DOWSETT AlexGreat Britain5:24
30FELLINE FabioItaly5:25
31TRATNIK JanSlovenia5:38
32HOULE HugoCanada5:39
33SIVAKOV PavelRussia5:49
34PAILLOT YoannFrance5:57
35GEOGHEGAN HART TaoGreat Britain6:03
36PREIDLER GeorgAustria6:12
37CONTRERAS RodrigoColombia6:20
38GRIVKO AndreyUkraine6:22
39GRMAY TsgabuEthiopia6:23
40SKJERPING KristofferNorway6:24
41GONÇALVES DomingosPortugal6:29
42VOROBYEV AntonRussia6:34
43KONOVALOVAS IgnatasLithuania6:47
44SKUJIŅŠ TomsLatvia6:47
45SEPÚLVEDA EduardoArgentina6:49
46ROCHE NicolasIreland7:03
47DILLIER SilvanSwitzerland7:03
48LUDVIGSSON TobiasSweden7:05
49MULLEN RyanIreland7:17
50DE PLUS LaurensBelgium8:14
51BAGDONAS GediminasLithuania8:16
52ČANECKÝ MarekSlovakia10:50
53WAIS Ahmad BadreddinSyria15:30
54PRAYOGO Dealton Nur ArifIndonesia17:33
55CHIU Ho SanHong Kong China18:05
56CHRISTOPHER DarelVirgin Islands28:41

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