Day four and Rohan Dennis destroys a world class time trial field to romp home to rainbows.
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Rohan Dennis produced a stunning display of cool, calm, collected power to take his first time trial world champion title. The only competitors within two minutes of him were the two who joined him on the podium- defending champ Tom Dumoulin in silver and Victor Campanaerts with bronze.
Billed as duel between 2018’s two best time-triallists, Dennis and Dumoulin were the last riders down the start ramp, both chasing a the time set by a brilliant Campanaerts.
The flying Australian caught two 90 second men in the 52.2 km course. Passing Spain’s Jonathan Castroviejo on the climb, and Vasil Kiryenka (Belarus) on the run to the line.
By the time he reached the summit of the climb he was already holding a minute over current leader and the defending champion behind him. An advantage he did not lose on the run for home.
Mrs Dennis echoing many MANY fans around the world…
He didn’t allow himself a victory salute on the line – but his joy afterwards spoke volumes.
It quickly became apparent the battle for Big Tom was now between silver and bronze. Rocking and rolling on his bike, the Dutchman dug deep and found just that little bit more to give through the pain to claim silver by a fraction of a second. He was distraught at the finish.
What did you miss today? Good legs #OhTom…
It’s been quite the season…
We can’t leave this report without special mention of Campenaerts. In a day when Dennis was nigh on perfect, this man’s time trial was a revelation. I’m sure we all remember him as the rider who asked for a date in his own way at the 2017 Giro TT, but he’s stepped it up this season. National, European and now podium at the Worlds.
Super-happy when a plan works out
Bronze medal with style… no glasses and the exception to a world full of ugly TT helmets…Embed from Getty Images
There’s a great Instagram story of his day over on Tom’s account @tomashuuns Catch it while you can…
Race report from Cycling News
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