Vasil Kiryienka hasn’t exactly set the world alight since winning the World Championships time trial title in Richmond 12 months ago and his problems continued at the Eneco Tour where he turned up late for his start time.
The Belarusian turned up 45 seconds late to his 13.00 start time at the start ramp in Breda and rather than waiting for him, the rules stipulate that your time starts whether you are there or not.
That meant that the man in the rainbow jersey rolled down the ramp just 15 seconds ahead of Rohan Dennis, who was right on time for his 13.01 start, and was overtaken by the Australian before the finish.
Vasil Kiryienka’s Pinarello Bolide
It’s fair to say that Kiryienka wasn’t too happy with his predicament, throwing away his water bottle and easing his way around the 9.6km course.
Since then his best result has been third place in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. One of the things limiting his performances has been his importance as a domestique in the big races this season.
At the Tour de France he finished down in 120th on the long time trial through the Ardèche, saving some energy to help Chris Froome defend his yellow jersey.
It’s safe to say Kiryienka won’t go down in history as one of the more memorable time trial world champions and at this rate he will struggle to come anywhere near defending his title in Doha next month.
Cannondale-Drapac’s Dylan Van Baarle also started his Eneco Tour ride late.