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

Dennis completed the 54km course from Northallerton to Harrogate in a time of one hour, five minutes and five seconds to win by one minute and eight seconds from Belgian Remco Evenepoel.

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

He defends his WORLD TITLE! 🌈 Just look what it means to Rohan Dennis 🇦🇺 and his family! #Yorkshire2019 pic.twitter.com/fpeKetcUKO

— UCI (@UCI_cycling) September 25, 2019

The 29-year-old was reportedly in a dispute with his Bahrain-Merida team over equipment, and it was notable that he competed on a blacked-out bike.

As impressive as Dennis’ ride was, Evenepoel’s performance was every bit as notable.

The 19-year-old once looked set for stardom as a footballer, having been part of the Anderlecht and PSV Eindhoven academies and played for Belgium at youth level.