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Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Bodnar worth a bet at big odds to boss Bergen

Froome aiming to cap memorable year

Maciej Bodnar is a four-time Polish national time trial champion
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Men's time trial
BBC2 & Eurosport 2, midday Wednesday

Tom Dumoulin has geared his season towards the World Championships and the Dutchman has been chalked up a short-priced favourite to win gold in the men's time trial.

Dumoulin won the Giro d'Italia but missed the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana so should have plenty in the tank for this event. He took silver in the discipline at Rio 2016.

Defending champion Tony Martin appears to have been scuppered by the course, which finishes with a steep 3.4km climb up Mount Floyen, overlooking Bergen.

Home hope Edvald Boasson-Hagen is unlikely to shine on the test either, but Chris Froome has a chance to cap a memorable year and is second-favourite for victory.

Froome, time trial bronze medallist in the London and Rio Olympics, hasn't competed in the discipline at the worlds since 2009. He could also be forgiven for being short of peak form after his Tour-Vuelta double.

Australian Rohan Dennis is a major contender on paper but withdrew from the Vuelta the day before the individual time trial, so his form and fitness must be taken on trust.

At a much bigger price, four-time Polish national time trial champion Maciej Bodnar looks worth an each-way dabble.

Bodnar finished sixth in the 2016 Olympic time trial and won stage 20 of this year's Tour de France so he should be targeting a medal at least.

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Defending champion Tony Martin appears to have been scuppered by the course, which finishes with a steep 3.4km climb
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