It didn’t take long for Vasil Kiryienka to christen his rainbow jersey with a win, taking the victory in his first time trial since his Richmond glory.
The Team Sky man won the 51.5km Chrono des Nations win in Les Herbiers, in the Loire region, on Sunday, beating out One Pro Cycling’s Polish TT champion Marcin Bialoblocki by 1-15.
FDJ’s Johan Le Bon took third place, as silver medalist in Richmond, Adriano Malori, could only manage seventh – 2-47 down on Kiryienka.
Giro d’Italia 2016 route
Malori’s teammate Jonathan Castroviejo came 11th, one place below 25-year-old Madison-Genesis rider James McLaughlin, who claimed his second 10th place time trial finish in seven days, having also ridden the Chrono Champenois Masculin International the previous weekend.
Lampre-Merida’s Nelson Oliveira – set to join Malori and Castroviejo at Movistar next season – came home fifth, 2-18 down on Kiryienka.
Kiryienka’s win was his fifth time trial win of the year, with four of them being over 50km in length. His first came at the Giro d’Italia (59.4km), followed by the European Games (51.6km) and the Belarus Championships (36.3km); the World Championships (53.5km) and now the Chrono des Nations (51.5km).