UCI Road World Championships 2020: Elite Men Time Trial – Live Coverage – Cyclingnews.com

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2020-09-25T15:20:14.774Z

Our full race report is up now. Click through to read it.

2020-09-25T15:15:40.765Z

Here’s today’s final podium in Imola.

Road World Championships Imola 2020 - Men Elite Time Trial - Imola - Imola 31,7 km - 25/09/2020 - Wout Van Aert (BEL - Team Jumbo - Visma) - Filippo Ganna (ITA - Team Ineos) - Stefan Kung (SUI - Groupama - FDJ) - photo Dario Belingheri/BettiniPhoto©2020

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Check out the full results and a photo gallery here.

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Here’s what Ganna had to say after the finish.

“It’s a dream for me and I’m really happy. I give my personal thank you for the whole team of Italy and also for Ineos Grenadiers.

“It’s like a dream. I don’t have the words. I’ve won four rainbow jerseys on the track; this is my first in the time trial. I will celebrate with my family.”

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That’s Italy’s first-ever time trial gold medal.

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Ganna, Van Aert and Küng on the podium.

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Filippo Ganna is the new world time trial champion! An Italian takes the win in Italy.

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Fifth place for Dennis at the finish with a time of 36:33.

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He’s not going to make it. He’s just passing Ganna’s time now as the barriers start.

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Dennis has 1.5km to go.

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A 53kph average from Ganna. Brilliant stuff.

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Ganna beats Van Aert by 26 seconds! Only Dennis can stop him now.

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Dumoulin only eighth at the finish, 1:48 down.

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Dumoulin, Ganna and Dennis left now. Who will take the rainbow jersey?

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Stefan Küng just misses out on Van Aert’s time, three seconds down on Van Aert.

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Tom Dumoulin almost loses it on a corner heading onto the circuit. He looks OK though.

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36:20.82 for Van Aert at the finish. That’s the first time to beat Thomas!

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Dowsett finishes in fourth, in a time of 37 minutes flat. Cavagna goes quicker to take third.

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Bevin passed Craddock out on course and he slots in at fifth at the finish.

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Dowsett, Bevin, Craddock are next to the finish.

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So 49kph is the quickest in the first half, 57kph in the second. The difference is very stark.

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Kasper Asgreen slotted in second at the finish, 10 seconds down on Thomas. He was the fastest man over the second half at 57.3kph.

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Second place at the finish for Campenaerts, 15 seconds down on Thomas.

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Ludvigsson, Pello Bilbao and Victor Campenaerts will be the next men to finish.

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Dennis slots in at second place at the checkpoint. He’s 20 seconds down on Ganna, who averaged 49.4kph over that uphill early section, into a headwind.

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Will Dennis best his teammates at the checkpoint?

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Oh, wow. Filippo Ganna is flying! He just beat Thomas’ time at the check by 36 seconds! 18:05 after 14.9km…

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Dumoulin passes through the check 10 seconds down on Thomas. That’s three men within 10 seconds of him so far.

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Andreas Leknessund (Norway) goes second at the finish. That’s some ride from Uno-X rider.

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Dani Martínez goes sixth at the finish, while Küng is just six seconds down on Thomas at the checkpoint.

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Van Aert passes through just ten seconds down on Thomas. A great ride by the Belgian over the opening 14.9km.

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Cavagna goes second but still a way off Thomas. 16 seconds down at the check.

Van Aert, Küng, Dumoulin, Ganna and Dennis left to pass through.

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Dowsett is third at the checkpoint, 23 seconds down on Thomas.

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Bevin, Dowsett and Cavagna are closing in on the 14.9km checkpoint.

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Brändle and Mullen will be next to finish. 

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Wow, his namesake Geraint has smashed it today. He puts in a time of 36:31 to beat Affini by almost a minute.

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Benjamin Thomas said the wind made it a very hard day out – two or three times he almost fell because of it.

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Kasper Asgreen (Denmark) in third after 14.9km, 24 seconds down.

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Campenaerts goes second-fastest at the checkpoint, 17 seconds down on Geraint Thomas.

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Affini’s teammate Ganna had a snazzy paintjob on his helmet – the Italian tricolor across the front and a chequered flag up the top. A Stefano Barzaghi special, maybe.

All riders are out on course now.

Filippo Ganna helmet Worlds

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Here’s a shot of Affini racing to the finish on the motor racing circuit in Imola earlier.

Italys Edoardo Affini competes in the Mens Elite Individual Time Trial at the UCI 2020 Road World Championships in Imola EmiliaRomagna Italy on September 25 2020 Photo by Marco BERTORELLO AFP Photo by MARCO BERTORELLOAFP via Getty Images

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Küng and Dumoulin set off, too. Ganna and Dennis next up.

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Bjerg crosses the line in third place, a strong effort from him as Wout van Aert sets off.

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Bjerg is on the circuit now, closing in on the finish.

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Dowsett and Cavagna are off.

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Still no changes in the standings at the finish.

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Meanwhile, more big names are setting off – Alex Dowsett (Great Britain) next, thne Rémi Cavagna (France), Wout van Aert (Belgium), Stefan Küng (Switzerland), Filippo Ganna (Italy) and Rohan Dennis (Australia) in ten minutes.

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18:41 for Geraint Thomas at the 14.9km checkpoint. He smashed Affini’s time by 25 seconds.

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Alexander Cataford called it “a bit stormy out there” and said “it was technical because of the wind… pretty crosswind-y on the way back.”

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Victor Campenaerts sets off. No visor on his time trial helmet, as per usual.

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No real threats for the top of the standings among the next crop of riders on course. Bjerg, who passed the checkpoint 16 seconds down on Affini, is around 16 minutes from the finish.

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Tobias Ludvigsson (Sweden), Pello Bilbao (Spain) and Victor Campenaerts (Belgium) are next to start.

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Durbridge lost four seconds since the checkpoint. He goes second.

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Durbridge was right with Affini at the check and will be the next man in. This should be an interesting finish.

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Affini beats Walscheid by 25 seconds on the line. A new rider in the hotseat.

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The Dutchman goes second, just ahead of Thomas. Affini is flying however, and should be fastest.

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Van Emden isn’t going to go faster either…

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Benjamin Thomas finishes now, falling short of Walscheid’s time. He slots in second place, 18 seconds down.

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Brandon McNulty is coming in to finish now. He takes third at 54 seconds down on Walscheid.

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Brändle heads off and he’ll be followed by Irish time trial specialist Ryan Mullen.

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Geraint Thomas on the start ramp. He gets his effort underway.

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He’s slower than Walscheid at the finish, 40 seconds down.

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Bodnar heads onto the circuit, nearing the end of his ride.

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Geraint Thomas (Great Britain) is off in six minutes. Former Hour Record holder Matthias Brändle (Austria) will follow him.

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Durbridge just missed out on besting Affini’s time at the checkpoint. He was just over a tenth of a second down after 14.9km.

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Walscheid smashes the top time at the finish on the Imola circuit. He completed the course in 37:51.

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Wais finished his effort but Filutas and Cataford go faster. The Canadian finishes with a time of 39:43.

Meanwhile, Affini is quickest at the checkpoint with a time of 19:06 – quite a bit quicker than Van Emden. Affini was a bronze medallist at the European Championships last season.

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Van Emden beats that time by 3.8 seconds for a time of 19:32.

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Benjamin Thomas goes quickest, three seconds up on Walscheid with a time of 19:36.

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Thomas, Van Emden, Affini and Durbridge are close to the checkpoint. This will be interesting. Walscheid is still the fastest.

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We’re round about the midway point of the starters now. Wais kicked things off 40 minutes ago, while Rohan Dennis (Australia) will start his ride in 45 minutes.

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Mikkel Bjerg (Denmark) is off next. He’s a three-time time trial world champion at U23 level.

HARROGATE ENGLAND SEPTEMBER 24 Podium Mikkel Bjerg of Denmark Gold Medal Celebration during the 92nd UCI Road World Championships 2019 Men U23 Individual Time Trial a 32km Individual Time Trial race from Ripon to Harrogate ITT Yorkshire2019 Yorkshire2019 on September 24 2019 in Harrogate England Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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It’s spitting rain out on course now. We’ll monitor that in case it’s something that could seriously affect the favourites who set off later on.

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Bodnar goes through the checkpoint, but he’s actually slower than Walscheid. He’s 15 seconds down. That’s unexpected.

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Germany’s Max Walscheid has set the quickest time at the checkpoint. His 19:39 is much faster than Gruzdev.

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A number of lesser-known riders from nations such as Greece, Bulgaria and Iceland are starting their efforts now.

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Gruzdev sets a time of 20:15 at the check. Bodnar is around halfway there.

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Durbridge is off, following Thomas, Van Emden and Affini down the start ramp.

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Filutas went through at 21:25 but Cataford is even faster, 54 seconds up for a time of 20:31.

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22:07 for Wais after 14.9km. That’s an average of 40.4kph.

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Meanwhile, our first riders are approaching the checkpoint.

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Brandon McNulty is off, and there are some strong time trialists setting off in the next five minutes. Benjamin Thomas (France), Jos Van Emden (Netherlands), Edoardo Affini (Italy) and Luke Durbridge (Australia) will all be out on course soon.

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Six-time Polish time trial champion Maciej Bodnar starts his effort. He’ll be among the fastest of the early riders.

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Dmitriy Gruzdev of Kazakhstan is the most notable of the last few riders to set off. Nicolas Roche (Republic of Ireland) set off in two minutes.

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Canada’s Alexander Cataford is the third rider off, after Viktor Filutás of Hungary.

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The Syrian is out there on a black Argon 18 E-117 disc TT bike, kitted out in a dark grey skinsuit and a red Kask Bambino Pro helmet. He’s looking good.

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Ahmad Badreddin Wais sets off to kick off the action.

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Reports out on the course suggest a headwind on the way out and a tailwind coming back to the finish. The first half of the race is uphill, too, so we should get a good idea of who is the strongest at the first checkpoint, 14.9km into the day.

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Switzerland’s Stefan Küng is also among the favourites for a medal today. The European champion will be aboard a LaPierre featuring a classy paintjob in Imola.

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We’re five minutes away from the first rider setting off. It’ll be Syria’s Ahmad Badreddin Wais.

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We’ve taken a look at the favourites for the time trial – well, ex-time trialist Marco Pinotti has. 

He rates defending champion Rohan Dennis of Australia as a top favourite, along with home favourite Filippo Ganna.

Marco Pinotti’s favourites for the UCI World Championships men’s time trial

Ganna Dennis Campenaerts Worlds TT

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A look at the map of today’s course. It’s not the most technical of routes, and should favour a powerful rider.

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The men will be taking on the same course as the women did yesterday. It’s a 31.7km loop starting and ending in Imola taking in rolling roads along the way.

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the men’s time trial at the Road World Championships. We’re half an hour away from the start of the race.

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