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Watch: Belgian riders practise bike changes ahead of World Champs Time Trial

Jack Elton-Walters
19 Sep 2017

Three riders can be seen practising their bike changes, with varying levels of skill and grace

As predicted in our route preview for the UCI World Championships Men's Time Trial, riders will opt for a bike change before the summit finish atop Mount Floyen.

To facilitate this the organisers have devised plan including a bike change carpet to show riders where they are permitted to make the swap and where their support cars should be.

As expected, team cars will not be allowed to follow riders up the steep and narrow lane that leads from the edge of host city Bergen to the look out point above.

Anyone needing mechanical assistance will be reliant on standing soigneurs or motorcycles, but this late into the race it will probably be game over anyway.

The favourites for the race are Tom Dumoulin (NED) and Chris Froome (GBR), but rightly all over competitors are taking the event seriously as anything can happen on the day.

The Belgian Cycling Team have posted videos to their Twitter account showing some of their riders practising ahead of the race on Wednesday, with varying success.

Although all three riders shown complete the switch, one of them is noticeably better than the other two.

Victor Campenaerts was by far the best of the three, hardly breaking stride as he ditched his time trial bike a jumped onto his road bike.

Campenaerts has form against the clock as the current European Champion and a second place finish in the ITT at the recent Tour of Britain, so could make his way into the top 10.

Laurens De Plus was next up, and despite looking a bit like bambi on ice when running in cleats he was soon onto his road machine and away.

Yves Lampaert, who won the Team Time Trial last year with Quick-Step, comes almost to a halt as he eyes up hpw he's going to mount the second bike. He'll need to be a but sharper during the race.