Rohan Dennis finished eighth after crashing in wet conditions in the elite men's time trial at the 2017 UCI Road World Championships in Bergen, Norway.
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Cycling Australia
21 Sep 2017 - 8:06 AM  UPDATED 21 Sep 2017 - 12:35 PM

Dennis the reigning national time trial champion held the second fastest time, 10 seconds off the lead halfway through the 31km course, with rain falling for much of his ride.

However, a crash near the 18km mark disturbed his rhythm and he started the difficult 9.1 per cent, 3.4km climb of Mount Floyen in 22nd place.

"My splits before I crashed were good but I can’t think about it too much, it’s done," Dennis said after his ride.

He eventually finished in a time of 46min 18.39sec, 97 seconds behind gold medallist Tom Dumoulin (NED) and 16 seconds off the podium.

"Today it was a matter of being dry on one side of the tunnel and wet on the other so it was just bad timing. I wasn’t expecting it to be wet on that corner and I came out and took it as if it were dry.

Dennis, whose previous world championship efforts have been beset with technical issues, was philosophical about this latest setback.

"I’ve had a puncture, I’ve broken a bike, I’ve crashed. There’s not much more I can do wrong, hopefully, that is all the bad luck, or user error on my part, out of the way, and next year is another year," he said.

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