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Kiryienka wins individual time trial World Championship

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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) in the rainbow jersey

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) in the rainbow jersey
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Mekseb Debesay (Eritrea)

Mekseb Debesay (Eritrea)
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Adriani Malori (Italy) pushes it to the line

Adriani Malori (Italy) pushes it to the line
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Alex Dowsett (Great Britain) finishes

Alex Dowsett (Great Britain) finishes
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) crosses the line to win gold

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) crosses the line to win gold
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Tony Martin (Germany) leaves the start house

Tony Martin (Germany) leaves the start house
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) starts his time trial

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) starts his time trial
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The flags of the podium finishes

The flags of the podium finishes
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) tops the podium in the time trial at the World Championships

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) tops the podium in the time trial at the World Championships
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Marcin Bialoblocki (Poland) crosses the line in ninth

Marcin Bialoblocki (Poland) crosses the line in ninth
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Silvan Dillier (Switzerland)

Silvan Dillier (Switzerland)
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Rigoberto Uran (Colombia)

Rigoberto Uran (Colombia)
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Andreas Vangstad (Norway)

Andreas Vangstad (Norway)
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Jerome Coppel (France)

Jerome Coppel (France)
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Jerome Coppel (France)

Jerome Coppel (France)
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Taylor Phinney (USA)

Taylor Phinney (USA)
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Taylor Phinney (USA)

Taylor Phinney (USA)
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Taylor Phinney (USA) comes out of a corner

Taylor Phinney (USA) comes out of a corner
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Adriano Malori (Italy) powers out of a corner

Adriano Malori (Italy) powers out of a corner
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Jerome Coppel is the first Frenchman on the Worlds TT podium since 1997

Jerome Coppel is the first Frenchman on the Worlds TT podium since 1997
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Adriano Malori (Italy) hoping his medal will change from silver to gold...

Adriano Malori (Italy) hoping his medal will change from silver to gold...
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) in the rainbow jersey

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) in the rainbow jersey
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Adriano Malori (Italy), Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) and Jerome Coppel (France)

Adriano Malori (Italy), Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) and Jerome Coppel (France)
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Adriano Malori (Italy) and Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) exchanging a few words

Adriano Malori (Italy) and Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) exchanging a few words
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Adriano Malori (Italy), Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) and Jerome Coppel (France)

Adriano Malori (Italy), Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) and Jerome Coppel (France)
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Adriano Malori (Italy), Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) and Jerome Coppel (France) make up the podium

Adriano Malori (Italy), Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) and Jerome Coppel (France) make up the podium
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The 2015 podium of Adriano Malori (Italy), Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) and Jerome Coppel (France)

The 2015 podium of Adriano Malori (Italy), Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) and Jerome Coppel (France)
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The 2015 champion Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus)

The 2015 champion Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus)
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Ilnur Zakarin (Russia)

Ilnur Zakarin (Russia)
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Romain Sicard (France)

Romain Sicard (France)
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Taylor Phinney (BMC)

Taylor Phinney (BMC)
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Italian national selector Davide Cassani with Adriano Malori

Italian national selector Davide Cassani with Adriano Malori
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Rein Taaramae (Estonia)

Rein Taaramae (Estonia)
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Hugo Houle (Canda)

Hugo Houle (Canda)
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Nelson Oliveira (Portugal)

Nelson Oliveira (Portugal)
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Jan Barta (Czech Republic) was 11th

Jan Barta (Czech Republic) was 11th
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Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain) finished fourth

Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain) finished fourth
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Tanel Kangert (Estonia)

Tanel Kangert (Estonia)
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Sam Bewley (New Zealand)

Sam Bewley (New Zealand)
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Steve Cummings was Great Britain's best finisher in 14th

Steve Cummings was Great Britain's best finisher in 14th
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Moreno Moser (Italy) rode to tenth place

Moreno Moser (Italy) rode to tenth place
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Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus)

Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus)
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The stars n stripes' were a popular addition to the roadside

The stars n stripes' were a popular addition to the roadside
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Alex Dowsett (Great Britain)

Alex Dowsett (Great Britain)
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus)

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus)
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Taylor Phinney (USA) was 12th

Taylor Phinney (USA) was 12th
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Jerome Coppel (France) on his way to securing the bronze medal

Jerome Coppel (France) on his way to securing the bronze medal
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Stephen Cummings (Great Britain)

Stephen Cummings (Great Britain)
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
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Tony Martin (Germany)

Tony Martin (Germany)
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Adriano Malori (Italy)

Adriano Malori (Italy)
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Rohan Dennis (Australia)

Rohan Dennis (Australia)
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) listens to his national anthem on the podium after winning the elite men's time trial

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) listens to his national anthem on the podium after winning the elite men's time trial
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Adriano Malori (Italy) stands in second place on the podium at Worlds

Adriano Malori (Italy) stands in second place on the podium at Worlds
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The elite men's time trial podium at the World Championships

The elite men's time trial podium at the World Championships
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) bites the gold medal

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) bites the gold medal
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) wins the elite men's time trial

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) wins the elite men's time trial
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) drapes his nation's flag around his shoulders as the new world champion in the time trail

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) drapes his nation's flag around his shoulders as the new world champion in the time trail
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) holds up his nation's flag

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) holds up his nation's flag
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Jerome Coppel (France) with his bronze medal

Jerome Coppel (France) with his bronze medal
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Jerome Coppel (France) bits the bronze medal

Jerome Coppel (France) bits the bronze medal
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Adriano Malori (Italy)

Adriano Malori (Italy)
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) in the rainbow jersey

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) in the rainbow jersey
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The podium legs

The podium legs
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) tops the podium in the elite men's time trial

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) tops the podium in the elite men's time trial
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) wears the rainbow jersey and wins the gold medal in the time trial

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) wears the rainbow jersey and wins the gold medal in the time trial
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The elite men's time trial podium

The elite men's time trial podium
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) all smiles on the podium after winning the time trial in Richmond

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) all smiles on the podium after winning the time trial in Richmond
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) puts on the rainbow jersey after winning the time trial

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) puts on the rainbow jersey after winning the time trial
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) is the new world champion in the time trail

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) is the new world champion in the time trail
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Adriano Malori (Italy) took the silver medal

Adriano Malori (Italy) took the silver medal
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Stefan Kung (Switzerland)

Stefan Kung (Switzerland)
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Stefan Kung (Switzerland)

Stefan Kung (Switzerland)
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Tony Martin (Germany)

Tony Martin (Germany)
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Tony Martin (Germany)

Tony Martin (Germany)
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Tony Martin (Germany)

Tony Martin (Germany)
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Tony Martin (Germany)

Tony Martin (Germany)
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) after the time trial where he finished fifth

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) after the time trial where he finished fifth
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
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Tony Martin (Germany)

Tony Martin (Germany)
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Tony Martin (Germany)

Tony Martin (Germany)
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Stephen Cummings (Great Britain)

Stephen Cummings (Great Britain)
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The time trial course in Richmond, Virginia

The time trial course in Richmond, Virginia
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Stephen Cummings (Great Britain)

Stephen Cummings (Great Britain)
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Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Belgium)

Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Belgium)
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Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Belgium)

Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Belgium)
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Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Belgium)

Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Belgium)
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Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Belgium)

Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Belgium)
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus)

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus)
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus)

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus)
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
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Jesse Sergent (New Zealand)

Jesse Sergent (New Zealand)
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Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Belgium)

Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Belgium)
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Christopher Juul Jensen (Denmark)

Christopher Juul Jensen (Denmark)
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Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania)

Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania)
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Jerome Coppel (France) took the bronze medal

Jerome Coppel (France) took the bronze medal
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Andreas Vangstad (Norway)

Andreas Vangstad (Norway)
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Andriy Grivko (Ukraine)

Andriy Grivko (Ukraine)
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Segundo Navarrete (Ecuador)

Segundo Navarrete (Ecuador)
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Tanel Kangert (Estonia)

Tanel Kangert (Estonia)
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Gustav Larsson (Sweden)

Gustav Larsson (Sweden)
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Polychronis Tzortzakis (Greece)

Polychronis Tzortzakis (Greece)
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Serghei Tvetcov (Romania)

Serghei Tvetcov (Romania)
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Juan Martinez (Puerto Rico)

Juan Martinez (Puerto Rico)
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Oliveira Santos (Portugal)

Oliveira Santos (Portugal)
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Jan Barta (Czech Republic) finished just outside the top 10 in 11th

Jan Barta (Czech Republic) finished just outside the top 10 in 11th
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) wins the elite men's time trial at the Richmond World Championships

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) wins the elite men's time trial at the Richmond World Championships
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Adriano Malori (Italy) took the silver medal in the elite men's time trial at Worlds

Adriano Malori (Italy) took the silver medal in the elite men's time trial at Worlds
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France's Jerome Coppel takes the bronze medal

France's Jerome Coppel takes the bronze medal
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Tony Martin (Germany) finishes in seventh place

Tony Martin (Germany) finishes in seventh place
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Tony Martin (Germany) finishing the elite men's time trial in Richmond

Tony Martin (Germany) finishing the elite men's time trial in Richmond
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) finished fifth

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) finished fifth
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) on his way to winning the elite men's time trial at Worlds

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) on his way to winning the elite men's time trial at Worlds
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Marcin Bialoblocki (Poland) finished ninth

Marcin Bialoblocki (Poland) finished ninth
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Adriano Malori (Italy)

Adriano Malori (Italy)
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Matthias Brandle (Austria) was 16th

Matthias Brandle (Austria) was 16th
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Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain) was fourth

Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain) was fourth
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Maciej Bodnar (Poland) was eighth

Maciej Bodnar (Poland) was eighth
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Stefan Kung (Switzerland)

Stefan Kung (Switzerland)
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Alex Dowsett (Great Britain)

Alex Dowsett (Great Britain)
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Manuel Rodas Ochoa (Guatemala)

Manuel Rodas Ochoa (Guatemala)
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Alexandr Pliuschin (Republic Of Moldova)

Alexandr Pliuschin (Republic Of Moldova)
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Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain)

Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain)
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Moreno Moser (Italy)

Moreno Moser (Italy)
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Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus)

Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus)
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Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands)

Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands)
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Nikias Arndt (Germany)

Nikias Arndt (Germany)
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David Albos Cavaliere (Andorra)

David Albos Cavaliere (Andorra)
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Rohan Dennis (Australia) had a flat tire during the time trial and finished sixth

Rohan Dennis (Australia) had a flat tire during the time trial and finished sixth
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Luke Durbridge (Australia)

Luke Durbridge (Australia)
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Ahmed Elbourdainy (Qatar)

Ahmed Elbourdainy (Qatar)
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Sergei Tvetcov (Romania)

Sergei Tvetcov (Romania)
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Gustav Erik Laarson (Sweden)

Gustav Erik Laarson (Sweden)
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Rigoberto Uran (Colombia)

Rigoberto Uran (Colombia)
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Jerome Coppel (France)

Jerome Coppel (France)
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Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Belgium)

Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Belgium)
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Taylor Phinney (USA)

Taylor Phinney (USA)
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Alex Dowsett (Great Britain)

Alex Dowsett (Great Britain)
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus)

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus)
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Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)
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Petr Vakoc (Czech Republic)

Petr Vakoc (Czech Republic)
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Lawson Craddock (United States Of America)

Lawson Craddock (United States Of America)
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Yves Lampaert (Belgium)

Yves Lampaert (Belgium)
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Romain Sicard (France)

Romain Sicard (France)
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Rasmus Christian Quaade (Denmark)

Rasmus Christian Quaade (Denmark)
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Ilnur Zakarin (Russian Federation)

Ilnur Zakarin (Russian Federation)
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Vegard Stake Laengen (Norway)

Vegard Stake Laengen (Norway)
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Tobias Ludvigsson (Sweden)

Tobias Ludvigsson (Sweden)
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Michael Hepburn (Australia)

Michael Hepburn (Australia)
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Silvan DIllier (Swizerland)

Silvan DIllier (Swizerland)
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Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) won the world title in the individual time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia. He covered the 53.5km course in 1:02:29 to win the rainbow jersey ahead of Italy's Adriano Malori, who finished 29 seconds back to take the silver medal. France's Jerome Coppel finished 27 seconds back to take bronze medal.

"I knew it was a good course for me - it's the kind of course that suits me," Kiryienka said. "Of course Fabian Cancellara, and Bradley Wiggins were not here, but all of the other great time trial riders were here today. I think the level was very high, and it's of course great to win."

One of the event's favourites Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) finished in fifth place 1:01 back, which wasn't the performance he was hoping for after such a strong three weeks at the Vuelta a Espana. Another favourite, former three-time winner of the event Tony Martin (Germany) also had a disappointing ride finishing in seventh place at 1:17 back.

"For sure Tony Martin and Tom Dumoulin were the favourites today, but also we have difficulty comparing the last results," Kiryienka said. "Adriano was close to me so it was good for him, but today was my day."

Rohan Dennis (Australia) had a consistent ride up until his rhythm was disrupted by a mid-race bike change. He ended up finishing 1:08 behind Kiryienka's fastest time in sixth place. "I had a puncture with about 25km to go. It sucks but you can't do much about it. You just have to move on. Usually you lose 20 to 30 seconds. Kiryienka was on an absolute blinder. Maybe I could have been in the medals, but that's the way it goes. But Tony Martin just came in behind me, so coming in faster than him is a big achievement. He's the benchmark in time trials."

Always a strong time triallist, Kiryienka was one of the outside favourites to win the event after finishing fourth in the time trial at the Vuelta a Espana, second in the event at the Tour of Poland, third in the stage at Tirreno-Adriatico, and wins at both the Belarus Championships and the European Games this year. His most important victory this season in the time trial, outside of his recent world title, was his stage 14 win in the event at the Giro d'Italia.

"This year I was not in the Tour de France because I was tired from the first part of the season," he said. "The last race before I came here was the Vuelta. I actually have to thank my team. They gave me the chance in the Vuelta to not just work for the leaders, but thinking ahead to today for the World Championship. They told me that this could be my year, they had the sense that this could be my chance to be the place where Bradley Wiggins was last year."

The Belarus champion consistently crossed each of the three intermediate time checks with the fastest time, posting 18:45 at the first, 31:18 at the second and 49:30 at the third, and finishing the event in 1:02:29. "I had the splits along the way, and that was important, but it was a race against myself. I knew the splits, but I knew from the beginning that I was feeling very well, and riding very well," he said in the post-event press conference.

After a season full of time trial success, Italian champion Malori was picked as an outside chance to finish on the podium, and he pleasantly surprised cycling fans with a silver-medal performance. He had a slower start than Kiryienka, posting 19:12 at the first time check, which was only the eighth fastest time but he picked up the pace as the time trial went on and posted the second fastest times in the two subsequent checks, behind Kiryienka.

Meanwhile, Coppel was off the radar for a podium finish and ended up with an unexpected bronze. Like Malori, he also had a slower start, only slightly quicker than Malori with a 19:05 at the first time check. He gained speed through the final two checks, posting the third fastest times.

"Before the start it was not in my mind to be on the podium. I wanted to maybe be in the top 10, but I had really good sensations from the very beginning. Riders like Tony Martin and Tom Dumoulin were not on such a good day. In cycling you also need to be lucky and that was the case for me today," Coppel said.

American Taylor Phinney was on the radar for a strong finish after winning a stage at the USA Pro Challenge. However, he only recently returned to racing from a year-long leg injury, so it was unclear if his form was good enough for a medal performance in the time trial in Richmond. He ended up finishing a respectable 12th place, 1:36 behind Kiryienka and as the top American. His compatriot Lawson Craddock finished 22nd at 2:27 back.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus)1:02:29
2Adriano Malori (Italy)0:00:09
3Jerome Coppel (France)0:00:26
4Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain)0:00:29
5Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands)0:01:02
6Rohan Dennis (Australia)0:01:08
7Tony Martin (Germany)0:01:17
8Maciej Bodnar (Poland)0:01:17
9Marcin Bialoblocki (Poland)0:01:22
10Moreno Moser (Italy)0:01:32
11Jan Barta (Czech Republic)0:01:34
12Taylor Phinney (United States Of America)0:01:37
13Oliveira Santos (Portugal)0:01:52
14Stephen Cummings (Great Britain)0:01:59
15Michael Hepburn (Australia)0:01:59
16Matthias Brandle (Austria)0:02:00
17Alex Dowsett (Great Britain)0:02:07
18Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Belgium)0:02:16
19Stefan Kueng (Switzerland)0:02:18
20Luke Durbridge (Australia)0:02:18
21Rasmus Quaade (Denmark)0:02:19
22Lawson Craddock (United States Of America)0:02:27
23Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands)0:02:31
24Andriy Grivko (Ukraine)0:02:32
25Hugo Houle (Canada)0:02:36
26Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spain)0:02:45
27Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus)0:02:48
28Gatis Smukulis (Latvia)0:02:56
29Rein Taaramae (Estonia)0:02:56
30Silvan Dillier (Switzerland)0:02:57
31Yves Lampaert (Belgium)0:03:00
32Tanel Kangert (Estonia)0:03:01
33Ilnur Zakarin (Russian Federation)0:03:07
34Daniil Fominykh (Kazakhstan)0:03:13
35Jesse Sergent (New Zealand)0:03:14
36Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan)0:03:24
37Vegard Stake Laengen (Norway)0:03:26
38Gustav Larsson (Sweden)0:03:26
39Aleksejs Saramotins (Latvia)0:03:27
40Ramunas Navardauskas (Lithuania)0:03:30
41Tobias Ludvigsson (Sweden)0:03:31
42Andreas Vangstad (Norway)0:03:43
43Sam Bewley (New Zealand)0:03:44
44Ryan Roth (Canada)0:03:51
45Christopher Juul Jensen (Denmark)0:03:55
46Romain Sicard (France)0:03:57
47Alexandr Pliuschin (Republic Of Moldova)0:04:00
48Lukas Postlberger (Austria)0:04:18
49Mekseb Debesay (Eritrea)0:04:20
50Gediminas Bagdonas (Lithuania)0:04:20
51Rigoberto Uran (Colombia)0:04:41
52Nikias Arndt (Germany)0:04:47
53Petr Vakoc (Czech Republic)0:05:01
54Serghei Tvetcov (Romania)0:05:39
55Polychronis Tzortzakis (Greece)0:05:48
56Manuel Rodas Ochoa (Guatemala)0:05:54
57Tuulkhangai Tuguldur (Mongolia)0:06:46
58Neofytos Sakellaridis Mangouras (Greece)0:07:05
59Muradjan Halmuratov (Uzbekistan)0:07:07
60Segundo Navarrete (Ecuador)0:08:51
61Ahmed Elbourdainy (Qatar)0:09:46
62David Albos Cavaliere (Andorra)0:11:56
63Gorgi Popstefanov (Fyr Of Macedonia)0:13:06
64Juan Martinez (Puerto Rico)0:13:44
65Carlos Eduardo Quishpe (Ecuador)0:14:15
DNSArtem Ovechkin (Russian)
DNSAdrien Niyonshuti (Rwanda)
DNSNikolay Mihaylov (Bulgaria)
DNSNorlandis Taveras (Dominican Republic)
DNSRafael German (Dominican Republic)

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