Vasil Kiryienka takes surprise win in men's time trial at World Championships

Major upset in men's elite time trial as top-seeded riders finish off the pace in Richmond - Brits Alex Dowsett and Steve Cummings finish outside top 10 - Photos by Graham Watson

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) in action during the Men's TT at the 2015 UCI World Championships

(Image credit: Watson)

Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) took a surprise victory in the elite men's time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, USA, on Wednesday.

Kiryienka set a blistering time of one hour, two minutes and 29 seconds over the 53.5-kilometre route having set the fastest times through all three of the on-course intermediate time checks. Most of the 34-year-old's professional career has been spent in the service of team leaders, not least at current squad Sky, so it was satisfying to see him let off the leash and take a major victory.

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