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  Unlike the previous time trials held over a 15-kilometre circuit the men's race is a point-to-point 53.5 kilometre test. With defending champion Bradley Wiggins and three time winner Fabian Cancellara absent will Tony Martin regain his title and make it four wins in five years or will one of the rising talents Rohan Dennis or Tom Dumoulin take the crown?

Past Winners

2014 Bradley Wiggins (GBR)
2013 Tony Martin (GER)
2012 Tony Martin (GER)
2011 Tony Martin (GER)
2010 Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
2009 Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
2008 Bert Grabsch (GER)
2007 Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
2006 Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
2005 Michael Rogers (AUS)
2004 Michael Rogers (AUS)
2003 Michael Rogers (AUS)
2002 Santiago Botero (COL)
2001 Jan Ullrich (GER)
2000 Serhiy Honchar (UKR)

2014 Results

1 Bradley WIGGINS
2 Tony MARTIN +26.23
3 Tom DUMOULIN +40.64
4 Vasil KIRYIENKA +47.92
5 Rohan DENNIS +57.74
6 Adriano MALORI +1:11.62
7 Nelson OLIVEIRA +1:21.63
8 Anton VOROBYEV +1:29.66
9 Jan BARTA +1:43.41
10 Jonathan CASTROVIEJO +1:44.20

The Route

The Contenders

Start list and start order available here

Expect to see Tony Martin, Rohan Dennis and Tom Dumoulin fighting for the podium positions with Vasil Kiryienka and Adriano Malori strong outside challengers.

Tony Martin

Martin took three consecutive world titles between 2011-2013 but lost out on a fourth last year to Bradley Wiggins. Won the time trials at Volta ao Algarve and Tour de Romandie but missed out on the win at the Tour de France and was third behind Malori and Castroviejo at Tour du Poitou Charentes. Despite this his form in the TTT shows he is right on track for the individual time trial. After missing out last year expect him to be as motivated as ever to take the title back.

Rohan Dennis

2015 has been a season of success for the 25 year old Australia. Won the Tour Down under, set a new Hour Record, won the opening stage ITT at the Tour de France. More recently he was dominant at the USA Pro Challenge, winning two stages including the ITT and the overall. If Martin looked strong in the TTT Dennis looked just as if not even stronger putting in massive turns as he lead BMC to victory. Finished 12th in 2013 and fifth last year and this year looks set to challenge for not just the podium but the win. Has spent the last month in the US preparing and this year he has ticked off goal after goal.

Tom Dumoulin

After his bronze medal last year and his stand out Vuelta following his return from a crash at the Tour it looks like Dumoulin will be fighting for the podium again this year. The biggest question though is how much has going deep for three weeks in the Vuelta taken out of him. Won the hard time trial at the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco, prologue and final stage ITT at the Tour de Suisse. Like Martin and Dennis he was a key part of his teams performance in the TTT on Sunday helping Giant-Alpecin to a strong fifth place finish.

Vasil Kiryienka

After missing the podium last year by just seven seconds Kiryienka will be looking to repeat his podium performance from 2012 in Limburg. Took a strong win on the 59.4 kilometre ITT at the Giro before taking out the European Games ITT. Didn't race the Tour de France this year but returned at the Vuelta finishing fourth in the only race against the clock on stage 17.

Adriano Malori

The 2008 under 23 world champion has been getting stronger and stronger against the clock in the elite ranks. Tenth in 2012, eighth in 2013 and sixth last year. Has won time trials at Tour de San Luis, Tirreno-Adriatico (prologue), Circuit Cycliste Sarthe and Tour du Poitou Charentes this year. Beat Tony Martin at Poitou Charentes a month ago by four seconds but at less than half the distanced and a month out doesn't mean he will be able to beat Martin here Was a key part of the Movistar squad in the TTT helping them to a bronze medal.

Taylor Phinney

Former under 23 world champion returned to racing in August after more than a year recovering from a serious crash at the US Nationals last year. Phinney finished just five seconds behind Martin in 2012 and on home roads Phinney will want to put in a strong performance. Was on flying form in Utah and Colorado last month and was part of the BMC squad that took gold in the TTT but the question is if he is ready to again challenge the best. A medal for Phinney would be an extremely popular result.

Alex Dowsett

2014 Commonwealth Games Champion finished eighth in 2012 but the past two years hasn't been able to challenge for the top 10 or medals. Set a new Hour Record and won the time trial at Bayern Rundfahrt on route to overall as well as another British title this year. Injuries have interrupted his season a number of times but Dowsett looks to be coming in to form at the right time. Won bronze with Movistar in the TTT but the longer time trials have been Dowsett's biggest challenges.

Rasmus Quaade

Quaade, a former under 23 silver medallist finally turned professional with Cult Energy this year. Sixth in 2013 and thirteenth last year after an early crash. Finished fifth at the European Games this year but otherwise doesn't have a stand out time trial result in 2015. Always produces a strong ride at Worlds and another top ten or approaching a top five would be a good result.

Jan Barta

After finished seventh, eleventh and ninth the past three years it would be a mistake to discount the Czech time trial champion. Has been relatively quiet this year after finishing third behind Dowsett and Machado at the Bayern Rundfahrt but always performs well at worlds. Another top 10 finish would be a good result.

Nelson Oliveira

Oliveira's seventh place finish in 2014 was a big improvement on 15th in 2013 and with the form he was showing at the Vuelta expect another strong performance. Took an impressive solo stage win at the Vuelta and was not far from a second. Eighth in the ITT but 4th-10th was covered by around 20 seconds.

Stefan Kueng

Under 23 bronze medallist last year and has had a very strong first year in the senior ranks. Finished second to Bradley Wiggins by 10 seconds at the Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde and took a solo stage win at the Tour de Romandie. Wont be challenging for the win this year but it will be a good test to see how the individual pursuit world champion is going at the end of his first year as a professional.

Other names to watch: Jonathan Castroviejo, Marcin Bialoblocki, Stephen Cummings, Jesse Sergent, Maciej Bodnar, Luke Durbridge, Luis Leon Sanchez and Ilnur Zakarin.
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