Australian cyclist Michael Rogers has made history by capturing his third straight men's individual time trial at the World Cycling Championships in Madrid, Spain.

Rogers, the 2003 and 2004 winner, finished the 44.1-kilometer event in 53 minutes, 34.49 seconds.

Jose Ivan Gutierrez of Spain finished second, nearly 24 seconds back with Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland third.

Rogers won the 2004 elite division time trial in Italy. He took the 2003 medal when Britain's David Millar was stripped of the title for doping.

Friday is a rest day at the championships before Saturday's road races in the men's under-23 and women's elite divisions. The elite men's road race is on Sunday.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.