Tom Dumoulin wins world time trial gold as Chris Froome finishes third

Tom Dumoulin wins world time trial gold as Chris Froome finishes third

Froome, who claimed the Vuelta title 10 days ago, lacked freshness on the 31km course and settled for bronze a massive one minute 21.25 seconds behind victor Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands, who won the team time trial with Sunweb on Sunday.

Despite the late rain, Dumoulin was able to weather the storm and take the title thanks to a strong ride across the whole course, nearly catching Chris Froome.

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.

Similarly off the pace was four-time world champion Tony Martin of Germany, seeking to retain the title he had won most recently in Doha a year ago.

A lot of pre-race attention was focussed on whether riders would change bikes for the final climb or not and the first rider onto the course, Kazakhstan's Alexey Lutsenko, made a hash of his attempt to do exactly that.

Dumoulin, who earned the bronze medal at the world championships three years ago, was also part of Team Sunweb's gold medal-winning effort in Sunday's team trial. Today was less surprising, I think I was one of the favourites but then it's even more hard to make it and stay calm.

Froome only managed the ninth best time in that section. His ride was so dominant that he was the fastest at every checkpoint and almost caught Froome, who is one of the world's best against the clock and had started 90 seconds ahead of him.

The four-time Tour champion worked his way up from 19th at the first time check to seventh by the fifth and final one ahead of the climb.

"In the last kilometre I was full gas but I could hear the crowd cheering behind me so I looked back and I saw the Oranje jersey, I thought, "Wow, he's flying".

Froome was magnanimous in defeat. "Obviously he's had a fantastic season".

The Dutchman was over 40 seconds up through every intermediate check point along the course and eventually finished the 31km over 57 seconds up on second place Primož Roglič (Slo) and 1-21 up on Chris Froome (GBr) who took third.

"For sure it's really nice to finish in that company with such good riders", said Roglic, who admitted he may now have to set his goals higher and challenge for Grand Tours.