Yorkshire 2019 – No contest as Rohan Dennis retains men’s time-trial title

Australia’s Rohan Dennis obliterated the field to successfully defend the men’s time-trial title at the UCI Road World Championships here in Harrogate yesterday.

Rohan Dennis comes up the finishing straight with Primoz Roglic in his wake. (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

The 29-year-old, champion 12 months ago in Innsbruck, bested the field once more to clock a time of one hour 5.05 minutes on the 54km route from Northallerton to Harrogate.

Cycling wonderkid Remco Evenepoel of Belgium - who was riding and winning the junior categories a year ago in the Austrian Alps - finished a minute and eight seconds down to claim the silver medal. Italy’s Filippo Hanna was third.

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Great Britain’s Alex Dowsett finished fifth, a very encouraging performance by the man from Essex.

Gold medal winner Rohan Dennis at the start of the UCI 2019 Cycling Road World Championship Mens Elite Time Trial in Northallerton. (Picture: Tony Johnson)

“I never like to set a target because I want to win every race but I’m very happy with that,” said Dowsett.

Once again Harrogate shone in the global spotlight, helped by the weather which was far more accommodating for riders and fans than the deluge of the day before.

Australia's Rohan Dennis celebrates retaining his Men's Elite Individual Time Trial title in Harrogate. Picture: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com
Australia's Rohan Dennis. Picture: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com