Tony Martin (Germany) confirmed his resurgence as the world’s foremost rider against the clock on Wednesday, winning the elite men’s individual time trial at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar, by a convincing margin.
It’s the German’s fourth world time trial title having previous worn the coveted rainbow jersey after winning in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
For some riders, the heat provided the biggest challenge of the day on the pan-flat 40km course. One of the pre-race favourites – Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) – faded in the hot, windy conditions to finish 11th.
Martin finished the race a full 45 seconds ahead of defending champion Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus), who settled for second. Spaniard Jonathan Castroviejo completed the 2016 men’s podium in third, one minute and 11 seconds behind Martin.
British riders Alex Dowsett and Steve Cummings finished in 12th and 25th places respectively. Irish rider Ryan Mullen put in an impressive ride to occupy the hot seat for an extended period and ultimately finish in fifth place.
The 2016 World Championships continue in Doha on Thursday with the under-23 men’s road race. After that, the junior and elite road race titles will be settled over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.