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What was supposed to be an epic two-man battle in the elite men’s TT at the world championships turned into a thrashing, as Australian Rohan Dennis demolished the competition. Dutchman Tom Dumoulin was left shell-shocked at the finish, as he didn’t come close to defending his title. Also, the courses for the 2019 world road championships were released and minimum salaries are coming to women’s cycling.
Story of the day: Dennis claims world TT title in dominating fashion
Rohan Dennis is one of the world’s best against the clock. His ability to suffer in the brutal, painful position of a TT bike requires has garnered him all three leader’s jerseys at the grand tours, multiple national titles, and countless other wins. But he had never worn the rainbow jersey as world champion in any category.
That changed today.
— UCI (@UCI_cycling) September 26, 2018
The Australian shattered the competition to pull on the rainbow bands. He completed the up-and-down 52-kilometre course in 1:03:03. He beat defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) by 1:21 and European TT champ Victor Campenaerts (Belgium) finished less than a second behind Dumoulin to take the bronze medal.
Dennis was so dominant that he knew he would become world champion as he crossed the line despite Dumoulin still needing to finish. He burst into tears when he finally came to a stop and later admitted he had contemplated celebrating across the line, but thought better of it since he wasn’t the last rider to finish.
The 28-year-old WorldTour pro will join Bahrain-Merida next year after spending the last three and a half seasons with BMC Racing. While at BMC, Dennis has become a superior time trialist, but he has also morphed into a GC contender like Dumoulin. While Dennis’ transition to a grand tour overall favourite is still in progress, he continues to improve year after year.
Beauty of Cycling
Katie Compton must not like running. After rolling a tubular, the 14-time U.S. cyclocross national champion opted to roll it back on by hand and ride her bike to the pit instead of running to the pit.
Two-tiered team system and minimum salaries for women’s peloton
The UCI just announced changes to the way women’s professional cycling will be structured. The big changes: there will be two tiers, Women’s WorldTeams and Continental teams, beginning in 2020. There will also be a minimum salary requirement for WorldTeams. These two changes will put the structure of women’s professional cycling more in line with the men’s side of the sport.
WorldTeam salaries will have to go through an auditor as the men’s side already does. No minimum salary figure was provided by the UCI.
Women’s races will also be separated into tiers. The races will be categorised as UCI Women’s WorldTour, UCI ProSeries, Class 1 and Class 2 from the 2020 season onward. This again follows in line with the men’s side, who will have the same categories for their respective races beginning in 2020.
Yorkshire Worlds for Classics specialists
The 2019 UCI World Road Championships with see the puncheurs of the peloton stretch their legs, as a rolling main loop looks to be too hard for the sprinters, but not hard enough for the pure climbers. Yorkshire will play host to the championships, which will run from September 21 to September 29. Harrogate, the finishing town for the opening stage of the 2014 Tour de France, will host the main circuit of the road races and time trials.
The team time trial will make a return but will be contested by national teams (instead of trade teams as it is now) in an interesting mixed relay format. Each team will consist of two squads of three riders (men and women). The male athletes will contest one lap of the Harrogate circuit and then the women’s team will go as soon as the second male rider has crossed the finish line. Final timings will be taken when the second female rider crosses the finish line.
2015 world champion Lizzie Deignan, who just announced the birth of her daughter, is from the Yorkshire region and has made winning the 2019 championships a goal in her return season to racing after taking 2018 off due to her pregnancy.
— Lizzie Deignan (@lizziedeignan) September 24, 2018
The road races at the 2018 UCI World Road Championships in Innsbruck, Austria begin on Thursday local time with the junior women and men. Both races start outside of Innsbruck before making their way to the 24-kilometre Olympic Circuit around the host city.
The Olympic circuit includes the 8-kilometre climb from Innsbruck to the bottom station of the cable car onto Patscherkofel mountain, which hosted downhill skiing events at the 1964 and 1976 Olympics. The junior women, who start in Rattenberg, will complete one lap of the circuit once arriving in Innsbruck for a race distance of 70.2 kilometres. The junior men begin in Kufstein and complete two full circuits for a race distance of 126.8 kilometres.
Mosaic Cycles to auction custom XT-1 titanium cyclocross bike for Wounded Warrior Project
American cyclocross racer Mitch Hoke is back at the start line after a two-year break, but this time around, he’s bunnyhopping barriers with loftier aspirations than just podium finishes.
Hoke, a pilot for the United States Air National Guard, has partnered with custom builder Mosaic Cycles to help raise money for Wounded Warrior Project, a US-based non-profit that aims to “honor and empower Wounded Warriors who incurred a physical or mental injury, illnesses, or wound, co-incident to your military service on or after September 11, 2001.”
Hoke is racing this season on a custom painted titanium Mosaic XT-1, and Mosaic plans to auction off a replica model at the end of the season. A donation page has also been set up here.
“Having a chance to give back and raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project is great,” said Hoke in a press release. “They do a lot of good for folks that have given so much to the United States.”
Elite Men TT highlights
Cape Epic 2019 route
Considered the toughest mountain bike stage race in the world, the 2019 Absa Cape Epic route was unveiled today. The eight-day race consists of 624 kilometres and 16,650 metres of climbing.
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Today’s feature image: New world time trial champion Rohan Dennis of Australia by Kristof Ramon