Worlds – 9th for Bialoblocki in TT


Marcin Bialoblocki (One Pro Cycling) time trials his way to 9th in the World Time Trial Championship

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Worlds – 9th for Bialoblocki in TT

British based professional, Marcin Bialoblocki (One Pro Cycling) riding for Poland, showed that talented professionals based in Britain can indeed compete with the very best after finishing 9th in the World Time Trial Championship.

Winner of the Polish TT championship and also the same event in the WorldTour Tour of Poland, the big dream for Marcin was to win the rainbow jersey, and whilst that did not happen, he did lead the event for a long time.

Crossing the line minutes after the Wirral’s Stephen Cummings had taken the lead, Bialoblocki, called ‘the machine’, soon found himself in the event’s ‘hot seat’. That was a huge accolade for the rider who has won so much in Britain but not made a name for himself internationally which he has in 2015.

The Polish rider based in Britain finished the event in 9th, 1.22 behind the winner Vasil Kiryienka whilst the Wirral’s Stephen Cummings was 14th, 1.58 off the time of the rainbow jersey. Britain’s other hope, the British time trial champion Alex Dowsett, was 17th, 2.06 down on the fastest time.

Kiryienka, who won European Games gold in the men’s individual road time trial earlier this year, had finished fourth in each of the last two years at the World Championships. The Team Sky rider – representing Belarus – was the third-to-last rider down the start ramp and didn’t put a pedal-stroke wrong as he maintained an average speed of 51.4km/h over the 53.5km course.

Kiryienka powered around the route in a time of 1.02.29 seconds and wrapped up his victory with a nine-second advantage over Italy’s Adriano Malori (Movistar).

The duo had been toe-to-toe for much of the race, but Kiryienka dug deepest on the final climb of Governor Street and then emptied the tank on the long drag to the finish line. Frenchman Jerome Coppel rounded out the podium a further 18 seconds adrift on what proved to be a day of surprises.

Tony Martin, pre-race favourite could only manage seventh place in the standings whilst Australian Rohan Dennis finished one place ahead of Martin despite suffering a puncture. Tom Dumoulin took fifth position behind Jonathan Castroviejo (Spain).

Kiryienka said afterwards: “Today was no surprise for me. I planned this with the help of my team, and it’s great that I’ve beaten so many talented riders. I want to thank Team Sky – they have done an amazing job for me and I couldn’t have done this without their support. I dedicate this win to them”.

“I can’t say how many days I’ve waited for this, and how many hours I’ve put in on the bike. There’s so many things to consider in time trialling, so much work to do with the bike and the aerodynamics. Today it was a matter of finding my balance and setting a tempo, and I am happy I could get this win.”

Alex Dowsett said afterwards “It was alright all things considered.  I did what I could, made a good job of it but I wasn’t seeing the numbers I’d like to. I guess I’m not overly surprised. I’ve taken on a lot this season and I think it’s just caught up with me a bit.”

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