World Championships time trial LIVE: Updates as Filippo Ganna wins elite men's TT for second year

Live updates as the first rainbow jersey is awarded from the 2021 Worlds

Welcome to Cycling Weekly live coverage from the time trial at the 2021 Road World Championships in Flanders

Full race report: Filippo Ganna retains men's time trial world champion crown after thrilling battle with Wout van Aert


Good afternoon folks! 

For the all important timings, the race will get underway at 1.40pm BST with Christofer Jurado Lopez of Panama, with the final rider set to push off at 3.05pm BST. 

Here is the official course preview for the men's elite TT in Flanders.

This year riders face a 43.3km-long run from Knokke-Heist to Bruges, on a mostly flat course, albeit with a gradual rise to the finish line (according to the profile at least). 

The UCI World Championships are a celebration of everything that is great in our sport, but this weekend we have also had a tragic reminder of the dangers that follow when riding your bike out on the road. 

Right ladies and gents, we are under way out in Belgium! We have the first riders out on the course. 

Ireland's Marcus Christie is out on the course, and a fascinating bit of trivia from our columnist Dr Hutch, who is currently on broadcast duties with GCN - Christie is actually riding a bike that used to belong to Sir Bradley Wiggins, having bought the Pinarello online from the retired British Grand Tour rider. 

The USA's Brandon McNulty has hit the start ramp, the UAE Team Emirates rider looking super aero in the winding early part of the course. He is being supported by staff from EF Education-Nippo (a US-based team), including the team car which is following behind. 

We've not yet seen him out on the course on the TV broadcast, but GB's Dan Bigham has started his ride. Hopefully we'll get some updates from his ride. 

Matteo Sobrero is on a good ride, he's just caught the Panamanian rider who started 90 seconds in front. 

Sobrero currently has the fastest time at the first intermediate check, 16-25, followed Marcus Christie of Ireland with a time of 17-02. 

One of the big favourites is on the start ramp - Remco Evenepoel looks ultra-focused as he starts his run on the coast in Knokke-Heist.

Woahhh Dan Bigham is on a flyer! He's just set the fastest time at the first intermediate time check, 16-05, 20 seconds quicker than Sobrero.

Spoke too soon, Bigham has been knocked off the top spot at the first intermediate time check, Max Walscheid of Germany is now quickest with a 15-59, six seconds faster than the Brit. 

Matteo Sobrero is still the leading rider out on the course and is about to hit the second time check. He's set a time of 38-56, but with Walscheid, Bjerg, Bigham and McNulty all faster than him at the first time check he is not likely to hold the top spot for long. 

Remco Evenepoel is through the first time check, around 13km into his ride, and he is already on an absolute flyer.

Matteo Sobrero is the first rider to finish his ride. 

First sign of Bigham on the TV broadcast!

A slightly unexpected change in conditions as we're seeing some wet roads on parts of the course. 

The second time check and Remco Evenepoel is absolutely crushing this course.

Dan Bigham crosses the finish line and is provisional fastest rider!

Here are the preliminary results from the first 10 riders to finish: 

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Stefan Bissegger comes to the finish with plenty of time in hand and he sets the new fastest pace, 49-13. 

wow, what a ride from Remco Evenepoel (Belgium). He crosses the line ANOTHER 42 seconds quicker than Bissegger. 

Here are the provisional results after 17 of the 58 riders:

Cycling superstar Tadej Pogačar is out on the course, just two months after he won the Tour de France.

We're now into the sharp end - Stefan Küng, the newly crowned European Champion is out on the course.

Wout van Aert is on his way! 

And now the final rider on the start ramp, reigning champion Filippo Ganna. 

Woah! We've not seen him on the screens yet, but Ethan Hayter from Britain is tearing around this course.

Kasper Asgreen from Denmark is looking phenomenal! 

Küng is looking outstanding as expected. 

Can Ganna set the new fastest time at the first checkpoint? 

Van Aert is enjoying the home crowds, as the streets are lined with roaring Belgian fans. 

Ethan Hayter hits the finish. 

Tony Martin rides across the line in his final elite Worlds time trial before retirement.

Küng has lost time in the middle section of the course, he's fourth fastest at the second time check, slower than Evenepoel and Asgreen.

Ganna is the final rider to cross the second time check, it's going to be close. 

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Provisional sixth place for Tadej Pogačar (Slovenia), which is a great time for the double Tour de France winner on a course that really doesn't suit him. 

Phenomenal result for Kasper Asgreen (Denmark) who is provisional second place, just two seconds slower than Remco Evenepoel's time at the line. 

Küng goes provisional third fastest, 22 seconds slower than Evenepoel. 

Wout van Aert is the fastest!

Ganna is into the final kilometre. 

Filippo Ganna wins the 2021 World Championships time trial. 

Here is your top-10: 

Filippo Ganna's response to his World Championships victory 

Here is the analysis from the elite men's time trial, courtesy of our regular contributor Chris Marshall-Bell: