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Three to watch in the Road World Championships time trial

| 23.09.2014

In the world of men’s time trialling, the race at the UCI Road World Championships is arguably the gold standard.

Introduced to the event in 1994, the first running of the time trial was won by a Brit, Chris Boardman.

In 2014 another, Sir Bradley Wiggins, is aiming to go one better than the silver medals he claimed both last year and in 2011, at odds of 7/2.

But is he one of our three riders to watch?

Tony Martin @ 4/11

On both occasions Wiggins finished runner up, the 29-year-old German claimed victory. In fact, Martin is the three-time defending champion in the race and clear favourite to match the absent Fabian Cancellara’s record of four gold medals.

With another impressive season in full flow – Martin has claimed six individual time trial wins this year – it’s hard to look beyond him for a share of history.

Rohan Dennis @ 50/1

Outside shots to topple the Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider include Rohan Dennis, the 24-year-old from Adelaide.

Dennis has already been influential at these Championships, playing a big role in helping his compatriots claim team time trial gold.

A second place in the UCI under-23 time trial two years ago is encouraging, as is his second place in the Commonwealth Games back in July.

Alex Dowsett @ 150/1

The man who beat Dennis in Glasgow that day is a somewhat-surprisingly much lengthier option in the betting.

That’s likely down to the Essex man’s undercooked showing last year, when he finished 41st.

However, Dowsett is capable of far more than that this year and should be backed to do so at long odds.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

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