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Who to watch at the World Champs Men’s Elite Time Trial

Joseph Delves
25 Sep 2019

The contenders and home favourites at today’s race against the clock

Following Chloe Dygert’s dominant ride in yesterday’s women’s race, today the elite men will get their chance against the clock. With conditions looking likely to be less diluvian, which riders are in the frame for the rainbow jersey?

With the forecast prophesying rain, but the wind predicted to be low, the elite men should have an easier time of it than the under-23 men and elite women who rode yesterday. With the first rider off at 13:18:30BST, the somewhat lumpy 54 kilometre course from Northallerton to Harrogate should take them around an hour to complete.

Due to Geraint Thomas, Chris Froome and Tom Dumoulin all being absent, the race might be a chance for a less established name to take the title. Yet with bookies divided as to who’s most likely to triumph, four riders seem to be in contention.

The favourites

Remco Evenepoel - 3/1, off at 14:21:30

Nineteen-year-old Belgian wunderkind Evenepoel started as a footballer, before transferring to cycling. Riding for the all-conquering Deceuninck-QuickStep, he’s perhaps the most widely tipped favourite.

Having last year won both the Worlds junior time trial and road race titles before jumping straight into the professional WorldTour, this season saw him also win the European Championships ITT by 19 seconds ahead of Kasper Asgreen.

Hyped to the Nth degree by the Belgian media, his QuickStep team have taken pains to protect the young rider from burning out. Will it pay off?

Primoz Roglic - 11/4, off at 14:39:30

This year’s Vuelta a Espana winner is an ultra-strong time triallist, who won’t be worried by the occasional bumps in the course’s profile. Also down to ride in the road race, Roglic will surely be focusing on the earlier solo event.

Victor Campenaerts - 10/3, off at 14:41:00

The current Hour Record holder, Campenaerts has been talking down his chances in Yorkshire. Instead tipping Evenepoel as the absolute favourite, he’s still keen on bagging himself a medal.

Having been allowed time off since June to prepare, he’ll come into the race fresh, and should be well suited to the undulating course which auspiciously should take around an hour to complete.

Rohan Dennis - 9/4, off at 14:42:30

The race’s mystery man. By some counts the out-and-out favourite, Dennis has had a strange year. Having walked away from the Tour de France and reportedly fallen out with his Bahrain-Merida team, he’s not raced since July.

After keeping a low-profile since, he’s unlikely to compete aboard his former team-issue bike. However, a far bigger question is his level of fitness. The defending champion, he’ll have plenty to prove, plus the advantage of starting last.

Estranged from his professional squad, he’s taken the responsibility for training upon himself. Recently talking up his chances, we think he’s likely to again be on either step one or two of the podium.

The Brits

Alex Dowsett - 100/1, off at 14:06:30

The British National champion and former Hour Record holder finished a creditable fifth at the European Continental Championships in August.

John Archibald - 100/1, off at 13:32:00

Called up at the last minute to replace Geraint Thomas. Archibald may have only had short notice, but has already looked good in the mixed relay time trial, where he took bronze.