Try to follow a time trial out of the corner of your eye, while doing something else, and you’ll make no sense of it. You might as well not bother. All right, today you could have worked out that Brändle, then Campenaerts, then Dennis, set the best times at every split point, before Ganna powered his way through to a victory as foretold as any in recent sporting history. But you could probably have guessed all of that in advance. The beauty of it only appears when you pay close attention: his split times, compared with Rohan Dennis, were perfect: one second better after 7.4 km, five seconds better after 17.1 km, 18 seconds better after 25.1 km and 26 seconds better on the finish line at km 34.1.