Tom Dumoulin dominates World Championship time trial, Chris Froome takes bronze

Chris Froome undecided about making bike switch in time trial as Briton eyes gold at UCI Road World Championships

Slovenia's Primoz Roglic finished second nearly a minute back with Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana victor Chris Froome of Britain third.

Despite the rain that hurt the chances of the late starters, Dumoulin clocked 44 minutes 41 seconds on the 31km course in Bergen, cheered on by massive crowds.

But the biggest surprise came from former champion ski-jumper Roglic, who was ninth at the final time-check but produced the fastest climb of anyone - and half a minute quicker than Froome - to surge up to second. Froome was 1:21 back to take bronze, capping a historic summer for the Brit that included back-to-back Grand Tour triumphs.

"I can't believe it, wow!"

Dumoulin was part of Team Sunweb's gold medal-winning effort in Sunday's team trial. "It's really wonderful, it's such a good day", said Dumoulin.

The early riders on Wednesday's Worlds time trial experienced the benefit of dry weather, with a technical, steep climb rounding off the course and prompting some riders to make bike changes to a road bike instead of a time trial setup. It started raining and I had to take the corners really slowly, especially in the climb. "At first I thought I would [change bikes] but then I felt I could do well with my TT bike", he said.

Froome, the first rider to complete the Tour-Vuelta double in the same year since the Spanish race was rescheduled to follow the French event in 1995, won bronze medals in the individual time trial at the Olympics in both 2012 and 2016.

The Frenchman Alexis Gougeard lost a podium chance when he suffered a mechanical on the last climb while he was still in the mix and finished 13th.



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