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  • Tom Dumoulin admitted he had doubts about his ability to win the UCI Road World Championships elite men's individual time trial after already enjoying a hugely successful season. However, those doubts disappeared on the roads of Bergen with every kilometre he covered, and he went on to make history as the first Dutchman to pull on the world time trial champion's rainbow jersey. Dumoulin was fastest at every time check during the 31km time trial, including for the final 3.4km road up to Mount Fløyen. He stopped the clock in a time of 44:41, a massive 57 seconds faster than Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) and 1:21 faster than expected rival Chris Froome (Great Britain). Dumoulin started just a minute and a half after Froome and almost caught him before the finish. His dominance was total, despite his doubts.ADVERTISEMENT "In the last few weeks I didn't feel special and I didn't feel great. Mentally it was very difficult after such a great season to get in focus mode again and to have the stress with it," Dumoulin admitted in the post-race press conference, still proudly wearing his gold medal and rainbow jersey. "Fortunately when I came here I...

  • Chris Froome (Great Britain) got one thing right when he picked Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) as the favourite for the men's time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Bergen but that was scant consolation for the Tour de France winner after the Dutchman trounced the opposition and almost caught Froome – who claimed bronze – on the final climb. Froome, who came into the event on the back of winning the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, set off 90 seconds ahead of Dumoulin but even in the early stages of the 31km test it was clear that the pair were operating on different levels. Dumoulin was leading after 11 kilometres and never looked back, while Froome held back and gradually picked his way through the field – rising from 10th at the first check to third at the top of the final climb. In truth, however, Froome never looked threatening to the flying Dutchman and by the line 1:21 separated the pair, with Primoz Roglic nestled between them at 57 seconds back to take silver.ADVERTISEMENT Froome first post-race question was of course over Dumoulin's performance and dramatic ride and the British rider was magnanimous in defeat....

  • Tao Geoghegan Hart (Great Britain) was left disappointed with that he called his ‘worst time trial of the year’ at the UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, but the British talent will take plenty of positives from what has been a hugely successful season for the first-year professional. Geoghegan Hart was a late substitute in the time trial after Stephen Cummings withdrew from selection last week and Geoghegan Hart struggled over the demanding terrain in Norway after an early crash. He battled through to take clock the provisional 14th best time on the line but admitted he had been well off the pace. “To be honest it was one of my least well executed time trials of the year,” Geoghegan Hart told Cyclingnews after a brief stop in the medical tent to patch up his wounds.ADVERTISEMENT “I didn’t really get on top of it and I woke up with a tight chest and never really felt good breathing. I was hoping to get over it from the warm-up and I was trying to do the best ride I could but it was pretty poor. “There were a couple of corners with some bumpy lines and the tarmac...

  • Despite claims from Team Wiggins that they had signed Tom Pidcock for 2018, the rider’s father has confirmed that no contract has been agreed to and that the multiple junior world champion is still looking at his options. Team Wiggins do remain a ‘strong option’, Pidcock’s father told Cyclingnews, but there are also a raft of other options on the table for the 18-year-old. On Tuesday Simon Cope, the Team Wiggins sports director, told Cyclingnews that Pidcock had signed for the British team for 2018. The squad are set to race exclusively with under-23 riders next year, meaning that several of their Olympic track riders will be let go. Pidcock’s agent is Andrew Mcquaid, who also runs the Wiggins squad.ADVERTISEMENT “We’ve been working with Andrew on all the options in front of Tom. Wiggins is an option for next year and it becomes more of an option if they’re going to focus on under-23s," the rider’s father told Cyclingnews. "We think that the ‘cross season is going to be full-on so one of the attractions with Wiggins is that it can be more relaxed but it’s still in the process of being negotiated because every man and...

  • Israel Cycling Academy’s presence at the 2018 Giro d’Italia, which starts in Jerusalem, seems to be a certainty, but team backer Sylvan Adams played a straight bat when asked about the prospect earlier this week, carefully stressing that RCS Sport will not formally divulge the four invitees until January. With the Giro in mind, Israel Cycling Academy has looked to add WorldTour experience to its roster, with Ben Hermans (BMC) and Rubén Plaza (Orica-Scott) the two most high-profile signings during its recent transfer campaign. In Jerusalem on Monday, Israel Cycling Academy announced another a new signing whose significance is not limited to the sporting sphere. Four-time Turkish national time trial champion Ahmet Orken will ride for the team in 2018, and will be the first rider from a Muslim-majority country to ride for the team.ADVERTISEMENT Diplomatic ties between Turkey and Israel were downgraded following the Gaza flotilla raid of 2010, and though their ambassadors were restored last year following intense negotiations, relations remain cool.    “We try to use the team as a platform for sports diplomacy, we want to change what people think of our country,” said Israel Cycling Academy manager Ran Margaliot, who paid...

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