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Sport in brief: Rohan Dennis shows Yorkshire grit as Dowsett secures extra spot at Road World Championships

Timelord: Dennis Rohan PICTURE: EPA

CYCLING: Australian Rohan Dennis successfully defended his time trial title at the Road World Championships in Yorkshire as Alex Dowsett took a strong fifth place for Great Britain.

Dennis, 29, completed the 54km course from Northallerton to Harrogate in one hour five minutes and five seconds to win by an impressive one minute and eight seconds from Belgian wonder kid Remco Evenepoel, 19.

Dowsett, the six-time British champion, was two minutes and one second off Dennis’ time, with his top-ten finish earning Great Britain a second time trial place at next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.

Dennis was competing for the first time since he controversially abandoned the Tour de France in July on the eve of the individual time trial stage.

He was reportedly in a dispute with his Bahrain-Merida team over equipment, and it was notable he raced yesterday on a blacked-out bike rumoured to have been made by a rival manufacturer.

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