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2021 World Road Cycling Championships

88th edition: Sept 19 - 26, 2021
Flanders, Belgium

World Road Cycling Championships podium history | 2020 edition

Road race: Elite Women | Elite Men

Time Trial: Mixed Relay | Elite Women | Elite Men


Sunday, September 26: Elite Men's Road Race, Antwerp - Leuven, 268.3 km

Course map & profile | Photos

Julian Alaphilippe

Julian Alaphilippe repeats as World Road Champion. Sirotti photo

Weather at the finish city of Leuven at 2:10 PM, local time: 21C (70F), mostly cloudy, with the wind from the south at 11 km/hr (8 mph). There is a 10% chance of rain.

The race: Here's the organizer's explanation of the course:

After the start on the Grote Markt in Antwerp, the peloton leaves for Leuven, with a passage in Official Village Keerbergen. Arriving in Leuven, the final unfolds on the local circuit (4 hills) and the Flandrien circuit (6 hills): 1.5 x local circuit Leuven, 1 x Flandrien circuit, 4x local circuit Leuven, 1x Flandrien circuit and 2.5 x local circuit Leuven. The finish line after this tough race is on the sloping Geldenaaksevest.

Here's the race report from winner Julian Alaphilippe's Deceuninck-Quick Step team:

Julian Alaphilippe successfully defended the rainbow jersey, becoming the first Frenchman in history to win back-to-back titles, after producing a performance of devastating intensity and brilliance in one of the most intriguing races seen in recent years. By doing this he etched his name in to the history books and ensured himself twelve more months in the iconic rainbow jersey, which he captured for the first time in Imola, last September.

“I have no words, I am just so happy! I worked hard for this and had good legs, but I didn’t dare to dream about retaining my title. It’s insane, that’s all that I can say. An amazing victory which wouldn’t have been possible without my incredible team, who protected me all day long and guided me excellently in the final part of the race”, an ecstatic Julian said at the finish.

France and Alaphilippe had been the main instigators of Sunday’s 268.3km race from Antwerp to Leuven, the team of the defending champion going on the attack with more than 180 kilometers to go. This move had Kasper Asgreen, Tim Declercq and Remco Evenepoel come across and put pressure on a peloton who was forced to chase hard for more than an hour in order to bring it back together.

Attacks kept coming even after that group was reeled in, but a first proper selection was made 58 kilometers from the finish, when Julian put the hammer down on the Bekestraat, blowing the race to pieces. Several riders managed to come across, forming a strong 17-man group which also featured Andrea Bagioli, Evenepoel, Florian Sénéchal and Zdenek Stybar. They quickly put two minutes between them and the large chasing group, in part thanks to Remco, who dug deep at the front.

Mens road race

It looks like all of Belgium has come out to watch a hyper-aggressive race. This is at about 130 kms to go.

After the young Belgian peeled off the front, France took over the reins and brought Alaphilippe in position, who danced on the pedals and got a small gap, before being reabsorbed. Two kilometers later, the reigning champion went again, but the result was the same. This didn’t deter him in any way, as with 17 kilometers to go the 29-year-old unleashed another blistering attack, this time on Sint-Antoniusberg ascent, and carved out a ten-second gap heading onto the last lap. Four riders tried to counter and formed a strong chasing group, at one point reducing the margin, but once the road went up again, so did Julian’s buffer, who entered the final ten kilometers some twenty seconds clear.

On the Wijnpers climb, the Frenchman continued to dance on the pedals and put more seconds between him and the first group down the road, and with five kilometers to go it became pretty much clear it was game over. Shaking his head in disbelief, that’s how Julian went under the flamme rouge, knowing that he had it in the bag and would get to sport the coveted rainbow bands for one more year, prolonging what’s arguably the best moment of his career.

“The plan was to counter in the final kilometers, but I sensed an opportunity and rode on instinct. As soon as a gap was there, I rode my heart out to remain at the front. The Belgian supporters told me to slow down, but that only motivated me to go harder. I left everything on the road, and while I was doing that, I kept thinking of my son, Nino. Winning the Worlds again is incredible”, said Julian after sealing one of the most impressive victories of his career and strengthening his amazing legacy.

Complete results:

Photos

68 classified finishers, 126 abandons, 1 non-starter

268.3 kilometers raced at an average speed of 45.147 km/hr

1 Julian Alaphilippe France 5hr 56min 34sec
2 Dylan Van Baarle Netherlands @ 32sec
3 Michael Valgren Denmark s.t.
4 Jasper Stuyven Belgium s.t.
5 Neilson Powless USA s.t.
6 Tom Pidcock Great Britain 0:49
7 Zdenek Stybar Czech Republic 1:06
8 Mathieu van der Poel Netherlands 1:18
9 Florian Sénéchal France s.t.
10 Sonny Colbrelli Italy s.t.
11 Wout Van Aert Belgium s.t.
12 Markus Hoelgaard Norway s.t.
13 Valentin Madouas France s.t.
14 Matej Mohoric Slovenia 4:00
15 Giacomo Nizzolo Italy 4:05
16 Nils Politt Germany 5:25
17 Guillaume Boivin Canada s.t.
18 Jan Polanc Slovenia s.t.
19 Benoît Cosnefroy France 5:30
20 Victor Campenaerts Belgium s.t.
21 Alexander Kristoff Norway 6:27
22 Mike Teunissen Netherlands s.t.
23 Ivan Garcia Spain s.t.
24 Diego Ulissi Italy s.t.
25 Michael Matthews Australia s.t.
26 Peter Sagan Slovakia s.t.
27 Dylan Teuns Belgium s.t.
28 Sebastian Schönberger Austria s.t.
29 Bauke Mollema Netherlands s.t.
30 Luka Mezgec Slovenia s.t.
31 Tiesj Benoot Belgium s.t.
32 Petr Vakoc Czech Republic s.t.
33 Sven Erik Bystrøm Norway s.t.
34 Vegard Stake Laengen Norway s.t.
35 Ethan Hayter Great Britain s.t.
36 Michal Kwiatkowski Poland s.t.
37 Tadej Pogacar Slovenia s.t.
38 Patrick Gamper Austria s.t.
39 Rui Oliveira Portugal s.t.
40 Artem Nych Russia 6:31
41 Stefan Küng Switzerland s.t.
42 Gorka Izagirre Spain s.t.
43 Imanol Erviti Spain s.t.
44 Gonzalo Serrano Spain s.t.
45 Silvan Dillier Switzerland s.t.
46 Cesare Benedetti Poland s.t.
47 Joao Almeida Portugal s.t.
48 Primoz Roglic Slovenia s.t.
49 Yukiya Arashiro Japan s.t.
50 Merhawi Kudus Eritrea s.t.
51 Rasmus Tiller Norway s.t.
52 Emils Liepins Latvia s.t.
53 Carlos Rodriguez Spain 6:39
54 Michael Gogl Austria 6:40
55 Nelson Oliveira Portugal s.t.
56 Arnaud Démare France 6:48
57 Lawson Craddock USA 6:49
58 Gianni Moscon Italy 6:52
59 Roger Adriá Spain 7:04
60 Toms Skujins Latvia 7:07
61 Yves Lampaert Belgium 7:22
62 Remco Evenepoel Belgium s.t.
63 Fabian Lienhard Switzerland 15:43
64 Esteban Chaves Colombia s.t.
65 Nelson Soto Colombia 17:18
66 Pascal Eenkhoorn Netherlands s.t.
67 Nikias Arndt Germany s.t.
68 Georg Zimmermann Germany s.t.

Course map & profile:

Mens road race map

Map of the men's road race course

Profile

Profile of the men's road race

Men's Championship photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Peloton

The course had more than enough hills to soften the riders' legs.

Remco Evenpoel

Remco Evenpoel

Neilson Powless

American rider Neilson Powless was fifth.

Julian Alaphilippe

For the second year in a row, Julian Alaphilippe is Champion of the World.

Julian Alaphilippe

Alaphilippe enjoys his impressive win.

Dylan van Baarle

Dylan van Baarle (left) leads in the first group of chasers 32 seconds after Alaphilippe crossed the line.

Thomas Pidcock

Great Britain's Thomas Pidcock was sixth.

Mathieu van der Poel

Mathieu van der Poel (orange jersey) leads in a group at 1min 18sec.

World podium

The podium, from left: Dylan Van Baarle (2nd), Julian Alaphilippe (1st) & Michael Valgren (3rd)

Julian Alaphilippe

A rainbow jersey and a gold medal. A good day's work.


Saturday, September 25: Elite Women's Road Race, Antwerp - Leuven, 157.70 km

Course map & profile | Photos

Elisa Balsamo

Elisa Balsamo beats Marianne Vos for the rainbow jersey. Sirotti photo

Weather at the finish city of Leuven at 2:10 PM, local time: 22C (71F), sunny, with the wnd from the south-southeast at 6 km/hr (4 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the organizer's race summary.

After a nerve-racking finale, it was Italy's Elisa Balsamo who clinched gold. She won after a thrilling sprint against former world champion Marianne Vos. Securing a third world title for Italy at this UCI Road World Championships. Polish rider Niewiadoma took bronze.

A circuit spanning 157.7 km, with the Leuven city loop being ridden four times, and the Flandrien Loop once, awaited the women during their road race. The starting shot sounded on the Grote Markt in Antwerp, after which the peloton set off towards Leuven. All eyes were on the strong block of riders from the Netherlands. With the likes of Van Vleuten, Van der Breggen, Vos and Van Dijk, they were the favourites for gold today. Home rider Kopecky, the Italian ladies Balsamo and Longo Borghini, and Polish rider Niewiadoma were the challengers on duty.

The race started slowly, but after a few attempts to pull away, it was Michaela Drummond from New Zealand who went solo during the first few kilometres on the city loop in Leuven. She quickly built up a lead of more than 45 seconds, but the first passage on the steep Smeysberg brought her dreams to an end.

Women's road race

Antwerp - what a setting for the start of the world road race championships.

After Vollering had to dismount on Moskesstraat due to problems with her bike and later had to change bikes, the peloton gradually moved towards Bekestraat and Smeysberg for the second time. There, South Africa's Moolman-Pasio tried to split up the peloton, but could not break away. The local loop in Leuven would be decisive. The Netherlands attacked time after time, aiming to turn it into a gruelling battle.

But every attack by the Netherlands was countered by the Italians. So it was no surprise that it came down to a one-on-one at the finish line. Elisa Balsamo versus Marianne Vos. It was the young Italian who pulled the win out of the bag. Katarzyna Niewiadoma won the sprint behind them and took bronze for Poland.

Complete results:

Photos

157.7 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.706 km/hr

1 Elisa Balsamo Italy 3hr 52min 27sec
2 Marianne Vos Netherlands s.t.
3 Katarzyna Niewiadoma Poland @ 1sec
4 Kata Blanka Vas Hungary s.t.
5 Arlenis Sierra Cuba s.t.
6 Alison Jackson Canada s.t.
7 Demi Vollering Netherlands s.t.
8 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig Denmark s.t.
9 Lisa Brennauer Germany s.t.
10 Coryn Rivera United States s.t.
11 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio South Africa s.t.
12 Alena Amialiusik Belarus s.t.
13 Elise Chabbey Switzerland s.t.
14 Lizzie Deignan Great Britain s.t.
15 Sina Frei Switzerland s.t.
16 Lotte Kopecky Belgium s.t.
17 Elisa Longo Borghini Italy s.t.
18 Ellen van Dijk Netherlands 0:08
19 Annemiek van Vleuten Netherlands s.t.
20 Marta Cavalli Italy 0:15
21 Ruth Winder United States 0:17
22 Marta Bastianelli Italy s.t.
23 Maria Giulia Confalonieri Italy 0:29
24 Rachel Neylan Australia 0:45
25 Anna Henderson Great Britain 0:49
26 Ella Harris New Zealand s.t.
27 Audrey Cordon-Ragot France s.t.
28 Spela Kern Slovenia 0:50
29 Mavi Garcia Spain s.t.
30 Amy Pieters Netherlands s.t.
31 Karol-Ann Canuel Canada s.t.
32 Chantal van den Broek-Blaak Netherlands s.t.
33 Christine Majerus Luxembourg s.t.
34 Jolien D'Hoore Belgium 1:21
35 Pfeiffer Georgi Great Britain s.t.
36 Lucinda Brand Netherlands 3:01
37 Franziska Koch Germany 3:29
38 Sarah Roy Australia 3:31
39 Ane Santesteban Spain s.t.
40 Anna Shackley Great Britain s.t.
41 Tiffany Cromwell Australia s.t.
42 Paula Patino Colombia s.t.
43 Hanna Nilsson Sweden s.t.
44 Omer Shapira Israel s.t.
45 Aude Biannic France 3:34
46 Juliette Labous France s.t.
47 Anne Dorthe Ysland Norway 6:23
48 Jesse Vandenbulcke Belgium 7:31
49 Eugenie Duval France s.t.
50 Evita Muzic France s.t.
51 Karolina Kumiega Poland s.t.
52 Kristen Faulkner United States 8:22
53 Marta Lach Poland 8:50
54 Rasa Leleivyte Lithuania s.t.
55 Eider Merino Spain 8:55
56 Leah Thomas United States 9:13
57 Hanna Solovey Ukraine s.t.
58 Eugenia Bujak Slovenia s.t.
59 Shari Bossuyt Belgium s.t.
60 Jarmila Machacova Czech Republic s.t.
61 Hayley Preen South Africa s.t.
62 Noemi Rüegg Switzerland s.t.
63 Leah Kirchmann Canada s.t.
64 Michaela Drummond New Zealand s.t.
65 Amalie Dideriksen Denmark s.t.
66 Romy Kasper Germany s.t.
67 Sarah Rijkes Austria s.t.
68 Marta Jaskulska Poland s.t.
69 Sara Martin Martin Spain s.t.
70 Anastasiya Kolesava Belarus s.t.
71 Tayler Wiles United States s.t.
72 Aurela Nerlo Poland s.t.
73 Nathalie Eklund Sweden s.t.
74 Lisa Klein Germany s.t.
75 Susanne Andersen Norway s.t.
76 Valerie Demey Belgium s.t.
77 Lourdes Oyarbide Spain s.t.
78 Ingvild Gaskjenn Norway s.t.
79 Julie Leth Denmark s.t.
80 Stine Borgli Norway s.t.
81 Sheyla Gutierrez Spain s.t.
82 Emma Norsgaard Denmark s.t.
83 Katrine Aalerud Norway s.t.
84 Alice Barnes Great Britain s.t.
85 Eri Yonamine Japan s.t.
86 Rotem Gafinovitz Israel s.t.
87 Kathrin Hammes Germany 9:25
88 Mieke Kröger Germany s.t.
89 Anna van der Breggen Netherlands 9:30
90 Marlen Reusser Switzerland s.t.
91 Niamh Fisher-Black New Zealand s.t.
92 Lauretta Hanson Australia s.t.
93 Amanda Spratt Australia s.t.
94 Vittoria Guazzini Italy s.t.
95 Elena Cecchini Italy s.t.
96 Marita Jensen Denmark 13:21
97 Karolina Karasiewicz Poland s.t.
98 Diana Penuela Colombia s.t.
99 Lizbeth Yareli Salazar Mexico s.t.
100 Phetdarin Somrat Thailand s.t.
101 Julia Borgstrom Sweden s.t.
102 Trine Holmsgaard Denmark s.t.
103 Daniela Campos Portugal s.t.
104 Christina Schweinberger Austria s.t.
105 Caroline Baur Switzerland s.t.
106 Lauren Stephens United States s.t.
107 Valeriya Kononenko Ukraine s.t.
108 Dana Rozlapa Latvia s.t.
109 Roxane Fournier France s.t.
110 Jelena Eric Serbia s.t.
111 Jessica Allen Australia s.t.
112 Frances Janse van Rensburg South Africa 18:47
113 Julia Biryukova Ukraine s.t.
114 Yanina Kuskova Uzbekistan s.t.
115 Inga Cesuliene Lithuania s.t.
116 Nina Berton Luxembourg 22:01
117 Lorena Colmenares Colombia s.t.

Course map & profile:

World Road Race map

Women's road race map

Women's road race profle

Women's road race profile

Women's road race photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Andersen, Susanne

American racer Susanne Andersen on the cobbles.

Marianne Vos

The peloton has arrived in Leuven. In orange, Marianne Vos. I don't know who the American racer is.

Women's road race

Another group of riders in Leuven.

Marianne Vos & Elisa Balsamo

It's down to a drag race between Marianne Vos and Elisa Balsamo.

Elisa Balsamo

Head down, Elisa Balsamo drives for the line, slightly ahead of Marianne Vos.

Elisa Balsamo

And Elisa Balsamo is Champion of the World.

Pdium

The podium, from left: Marianne Vos (2nd), Elisa Balsamo (1st) & Katarzyna Niewiadoma (3rd)

Elisa Balsamo

World Champion Elisa Balsamo

Italian team

The Italian women's team after the awards ceremony.


Wednesday, September 22: Team Time Trial Mixed Relay, Knokke Heist - Bruges, 44.5 km

Course map & profile

Team Germany

Team Germany celebrates its victory. Sirotti photo

Weather at the finish city of Bruges at 2:30 PM, local time: 20C (68F), fair, with the wind from the south at 11 km/hr (7 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Mixed country teams of 3 men and 3 women compete against each other in a team time trial. In 2021 the men's teams will start in Knokke-Heist and ride in the direction of Bruges, over a similar route as the individual time trials. Upon arrival after 22.5 km in Bruges, the women's team will take over, for a 22 km route with passage at the Damse Vaart and start and finish in Bruges.

Here's the race organizer's Team Time Trial summary:

The last event on the roads between Knokke-Heist and Bruges was the Team Time Trial Mixed Relay. The team of Tony Martin, who concluded his career today, came out on top. Lisa Brennauer, Lisa Klein, Mieke Kroeger, Nikias Arndt and Maximilian Walscheid provided him with a wonderful parting gift from cycle racing.
Another rainbow jersey was up for grabs between Knokke-Heist and Bruges, or rather: 6. Three men and three women defended their country's honour in the Team Time Trial Mixed Relay. It was only the second time this discipline has featured on the programme in 100 years of the UCI Road World Championships. Netherlands, the title defender, sought another victory with its impressive team, but Germany, Italy and Switzerland also brought a strong selection to the start at the beach in Knokke-Heist.

German men

Tony Martin leads the German men. This is Martin's last race, which resulted in a rainbow jersey for him. Nice way to end a career. Sirotti photo

German Women

The German women on their way to rainbow jerseys. Sirotti photo

The first impressive time on the tables came from the United States. However, their party in the hot seat didn't last long. The United Kingdom’s team, third in 2019, was almost a minute faster at the finish in Bruges. They, in turn, were overtaken by Switzerland. Küng and Reusser’s team moved up to the top of the ranking.

It promised to be a thrilling finale. The Belgian team kicked off the last wave. They couldn't give the home crowd what it had come for and were slower than Switzerland and the UK. Meanwhile, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands had begun their team time trial.

During their leader’s farewell race it was as if Tony Martin's German team had wings. First, Martin, Arndt and Walscheid put in the best time at the finish, before Kroeger, Brennauer and Klein defended their lead. The Italian men, with new world champion Ganna, beat Germany’s time, but in the second leg Cavalli, Cecchini and Longo Borghini had to concede defeat. Top favourites the Netherlands were also unable to better the German times and had to be content with second place.

And so Tony Martin was able to end his career in the finest jersey cycle racing has to offer.

Complete results:

Winner's speed: 44.5 kilometers raced at 52.540 km/hr

1 GERMANY 50min 49.1sec
BRENNAUER Lisa
KLEIN Lisa
KROEGER Mieke
ARNDT Nikias
MARTIN Tony
WALSCHEID Maximilian Richard
2 NETHERLANDS @ 12.79sec
van VLEUTEN Annemiek
van DIJK Ellen
MARKUS Riejanne
BOUWMAN Koen
MOLLEMA Bauke
van EMDEN Jos
3 ITALY @ 0:37.74
CAVALLI Marta
CECCHINI Elena
LONGO BORGHINI Elisa
AFFINI Edoardo
GANNA Filippo
SOBRERO Matteo
4 SWITZERLAND @ 0:37.79
CHABBEY Elise
KOLLER Nicole
REUSSER Marlen
BISSEGGER Stefan
KUENG Stefan
SCHMID Mauro
5 GREAT BRITAIN @ 0:54.99
ARCHIBALD John
BARNES Alice
HENDERSON Anna
BIGHAM Daniel
DOWSETT Alex
LOWDEN Joscelin
6 DENMARK @ 1min 16.16sec
DIDERIKSEN Amalie
JOERGENSEN Emma Cecilie
LETH Julie
BJERG Mikkel
JOERGENSEN Mathias
NIELSEN Magnus Cort
7 BELGIUM @1:21.03
BOSSUYT Shari
D'HOORE Jolien
KOPECKY Lotte
CAMPENAERTS Victor
HERMANS Ben
LAMPAERT Yves
8 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA @ 2:09.68
RIVERA Coryn
THOMAS Leah
WINDER Ruth
CRADDOCK Lawson
McNULTY Brandon
POWLESS Neilson
9 FRANCE @ 2:51.79
BORRAS Marion
COPPONI Clara
DEMAY Coralie
DENIS Thomas
TABELLION Valentin
THOMAS Benjamin
10 POLAND @ 3:23.18
KARASIEWICZ Karolina
KUMIEGA Karolina
NERLO Aurela
MACIEJUK Filip
PAPIERSKI Damian
RUDYK Bartosz
11 SPAIN @ 4:05.55
ISASI CRISTOBAL Ziortza
MARTIN MARTIN Sara
OYARBIDE JIMENEZ Lourdes
AZPARREN IRURZUN Xabier Mikel
LOPEZ FUENTES Diego
MAS BONET Luis Guillermo
12 AUSTRIA @ 4:33.00
RIJKES Sarah
SCHWEINBERGER Christina
SCHWEINBERGER Kathrin
BAYER Tobias
RITZINGER Felix
SCHMIDBAUER Maximilian
13 UCI WORLD CYCLING CENTRE @ 6:28.98
GEDRAITYTE Akvile
KOLESAVA Anastasiya
MEDVEDOVA Tereza
DAUMONT Paul
HABIMANA Jean Eric
WAIS Ahmad Badreddin

Course map & profile:

Mixed Relay map

Mixed relay map

Mixed relay profile

Mixed relay profile


Monday, September 20: Elite Women's Individual time trial world championships

Course map & profile | Women's time trial photos

Ellen Van Dijk

Another rainbow jersey for Ellen Van Dijk.

Knokke Heist - Bruges, 30.3 km

Weather at the finish city of Bruges at 2:10 PM, local time: 18C (64F), partly cloudy, with the wind from the northeast at 14 km/hr (9 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from winner Ellen Van Dijk's Trek-Segafredo team.

The rainbow stripes. One of the most sought-after jerseys in cycling.

Third in 2020. Third again in 2018. And a bittersweet second in 2016.  Since winning the coveted World Championship individual time trial title in 2013, Ellen van Dijk has come close but never climbed back onto the top step.

Finally, eight years later, she has done just that.

In the past years, Ellen van Dijk has overcome debilitating injury, sickness and a nemesis time trial specialist – Swiss Marlen Reusser – who has gotten the better of Ellen in the few time trials leading into the Flanders World Championships.

Understandably, Ellen had no certainty of victory coming into the race. Even when she set a blistering time of 36:05, stopping the clock nearly two minutes ahead of the quickest time so far (and a whopping average speed of 50km/h!), there was still no assurance. Reusser and compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten, the Tokyo Olympic ITT gold medalist, still had to finish.

While van Vleuten’s times checked slower at the intermediate timing points, Reusser was on a good pace.

It was going to be close!

So when the clock clicked past 36:05 and the Swiss Olympic silver medalist still hadn’t reached the finish, Ellen could begin to believe. And when van Vleuten crossed the line 24 seconds slower, Ellen could not hold back her tears.  It has been a long, bumpy road back to the top, but she did it!  The rainbow jersey was hers again.

“I didn’t know I would become so emotional, but this has been a dream for so long to get the world title again,” said Ellen. “This year everything felt so good, but there was always Marlen Reusser who was so strong this year. I knew I had a really good level, but I also knew that she is super, super strong, and the last couple of weeks she beat me at every time trial, so I knew it would be very difficult and I would have to ride my best ever time trial.

“I think it was good, but I had no idea if it was good enough because I started one hour earlier than the favorites. I was also in doubt about the wind, whether it would be in my disadvantage or not. Marlen had a faster intermediate time, and I thought she would be faster [at the finish], and then I saw she lost seconds in the end… I can’t quite believe it. It’s been a dream for so long.”

Ellen van Dijk began the 2021 season with a big goal always in her mind: winning the individual time trial at the 2021 World Championships in Flanders, a course that suited the pure time trial specialists, and there perhaps is none purer than Ellen.

Ellen has consistently been at the top of the time trial game. It’s a discipline within cycling that takes precise preparation – a lot of sweat and hours and hours of specific training on Trek’s new time trial bike went into today’s race.  And Ellen, an early starter, had a lot of time in the hotseat to ponder: Was it enough?

“It was quite horrible,” answered Ellen when asked about the time spent waiting in the hotseat. “It’s nerve-wracking; you sit there with nothing to do. When I arrived in the hotseat Annemiek (van Vleuten) still had to start. I really didn’t know what my time trial was worth. People said to me it was a really good time trial; I knew it was good, but I didn’t know if it was good enough.

“Time trialing is my favorite discipline, it’s something I love with all my heart, and it just feels like it’s my discipline. I knew this would be a really good course for me. I put everything into this, and that it worked out for me – this is a dream come true!”

Congrats, Ellen – you deserve this.

Complete results:

Photos

30.3 kilometers raced at an average speed of 50.383 km/hr.

1 Ellen Van Dijk Netherlands 36min 5sec
2 Marlen Reusser Switzerland @ 10sec
3 Annemiek van Vleuten Netherlands 0:24
4 Amber Neben United States 1:24
5 Lisa Brennauer Germany 1:29
6 Juliette Labous France 1:47
7 Lisa Klein Germany 1:52
8 Joscelin Lowden Great Britain 1:59
9 Riejanne Markus Netherlands s.t.
10 Alena Amialiusik Belarus 2:19
11 Leah Kirchmann Canada 2:34
12 Emma Norsgaard Denmark 2:43
13 Karol-Ann Canuel Canada 2:48
14 Leah Thomas United States 2:50
15 Valeriya Kononenko Ukraine s.t.
16 Audrey Cordon-Ragot France 2:56
17 Anna Kiesenhofer Austria 2:56
18 Nathalie Eklund Sweden 2:57
19 Eugenia Bujak Slovenia 2:59
20 Karolina Karasiewicz Poland 3:04
21 Marta Jaskulska Poland 3:06
22 Julie Van De Velde Belgium 3:07
23 Omer Shapira Israel 3:15
24 Vittoria Guazzini Italy 3:17
25 Pfeiffer Georgi Great Britain 3:18
26 Hanna Solovey Ukraine 3:30
27 Katrine Aalerud Norway 3:31
28 Dana Rozlapa Latvia 3:38
29 Elena Pirrone Italy 4:08
30 Sara Van De Vel Belgium s.t.
31 Rebecca Koerner Denmark s.t.
32 Rotem Gafinovitz Israel 4:19
33 Tamara Dronova Russia 4:22
34 Marcela Hernandez Colombia s.t.
35 Ziortza Isasi Cristobal Spain 4:31
36 Maria Yapura Plaza Argentina 4:33
37 Agusta Edda Bjornsdottir Iceland 4:54
38 Frances Janse Van Rensburg South Africa 5:16
39 Yanina Kuskova Uzbekistan 5:19
40 Hayley Preen South Africa 5:36
41 Daniela Campos Portugal 5:47
42 Lorena Colmenares Colombia 6:15
43 Phetdarin Somrat Thailand 6:44
44 Bríet Kristý Gunnarsdóttir Iceland 7:07
45 Luciana Roland Argentina 7:39
46 Adyam Tesfalem Eritrea 8:43
47 Diane Ingabire Rwanda 9:12
48 Kanza Malik Pakistan 14:49
49 Asma Jan Pakistan 15:44

Women's time trial map & profile:

Womens time trial map

Women's time trial course

Women's time trial profile

Women's time trial profile

Elite Women's time trial photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Joscelin Lowden

Great Britain's Joscelin Lowden riding to 8th place.

Lisa Klein

Lisa Klein was 7th.

Juliette Labous

Juliette Labous was 6th

Lisa Brennauer

5th place Lisa Brennauer

Amber Neben

4th place Amber Neben

Annemiek Van Vleuten

Annemiek Van Vleuten racing to third place.

Marlen Reusser

Second-place Marlen Reusser

Ellen Van Dijk

Ellen Van Dijk on her way to another rainbow jersey.

Podium

The podium, from left: Marlen Reusser (2nd), Elle Van Dijk (1st) & Annemiek Van Vleuten (3rd)

Ellen Van Dijk

This is Ellen Van Dijk's sixth world championship, counting her Junior World Road win.


Sunday, September 19: Elite Men's Individual time trial world championships

Course map & profile | Race photos

Knokke Heist - Bruges 43.3 km

Filippo Ganna

Filippo Ganna on his way to winning another world championship. Sirotti photo

Weather at the finish city of Bruges at 2:30 PM, local time: 21C (70F), partly cloudy, with the wind from the northeast at 6 km/hr (4 mph). There is a 2% chance of rain.

The race: Here's the report from winner Filippo Ganna's INEOS Grenadiers team.

Filippo Ganna put in a perfectly-measured time trial performance to become a two-time men's TT world champion in Flanders.

Behind Wout van Aert (Belgium) at both the first and second intermediate checkpoints, Ganna finished strongly to secure his second world title, beating Van Aert by six seconds.

It was a superbly-paced time trial, as he trailed the Jumbo Visma rider by six seconds at the first intermediate, before closing the gap to less than a second at the final time check before the finish.

The time trial was finely poised as first Remco Evenepoel (Belgium), then Van Aert set the fastest time, before Ganna powered to the finish and won his second successive worlds TT by six seconds.

Ethan Hayter (Great Britain) finished a strong eighth in his first senior worlds time trial to make it two Grenadiers in the top 10, with Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) finishing 24th and Spain's Carlos Rodriguez 25th.

Filippo Ganna:
"I think in one week my condition improved after the short camp at altitude, then I did the European Championships but my legs didn’t feel very good and I didn’t know if I could arrive at the Worlds in good shape.

"When I woke up this morning, I had a good feeling in the legs and to defend this jersey for me is very important. . It's a dream to win again and to defend this jersey.  I hope to honour it again for another year.”"

Ethan Hayter:
"There is a bit of room for improvement and I'm still recovering from the Tour of Britain, but I'm pretty happy.

"I've done a few good time trials this year... This time trial was probably too flat for me. I like one where you can go over and under with pacing and really punch over the climbs, I've always been good at time trials, but you don't do many at junior and under 23 level.

"That is one of the longest time trials I've done. You kind of just have to tuck in and go into your own world. I just did my thing and went as fast as I could."

Complete results:

Photos

43.3 kilometers raced at an average speed of 54.370 km/hr

1 Filippo Ganna Italy 47min 47sec
2 Wout Van Aert Belgium @ 6sec
3 Remco Evenepoel Belgium 0:44
4 Kasper Asgreen Denmark 0:46
5 Stefan Küng Switzerland 1:07
6 Tony Martin Germany 1:18
7 Stefan Bissegger Switzerland 1:26
8 Ethan Hayter Great Britain 1:27
9 Edoardo Affini Italy 1:49
10 Tadej Pogacar Slovenia 1:53
11 Max Walscheid Germany 1:54
12 Jos Van Emden Netherlands s.t.
13 Nelson Oliveira Portugal 1:55
14 Remi Cavagna France 1:59
15 Jan Tratnik Slovenia 2:04
16 Daniel Bigham Great Britain 2:11
17 Mikkel Bjerg Denmark 2:16
18 Lawson Craddock USA 2:37
19 Ryan Gibbons South Africa s.t.
20 Hugo Houle Canada 3:03
21 Matteo Sobrero Italy 3:06
22 Brandon McNulty USA 3:09
23 Thomas Scully New Zealand 3:10
24 Michal Kwiatkowski Poland s.t.
25 Carlos Rodriguez Spain 3:24
26 Andreas Leknessund Norway 3:27
27 Benjamin Thomas France 3:28
28 Andreas Miltiadis Cyprus 3:30
29 Barnabas Peak Hungary 3:33
30 Rafael Reis Portugal 3:35
31 Dmitriy Gruzdev Kazakhstan 3:59
32 Josef Cerný Czech Republic 4:00
33 Ryan Mullen Ireland 4:12
34 Rigoberto Uran Colombia 4:18
35 Ognjen Ilic Serbia 4:19
36 Daniil Fominykh Kazakhstan 5:02
37 Felix Ritzinger Austria 5:08
38 Petr Rikunov Russia 5:10
39 Marcus Christie Ireland 5:20
40 Mykhaylo Kononenko Ukraine 5:47
41 Cristofer Jurado Panama 6:10
42 Venantas Lasinis Lithuania 6:25
43 Muradjan Halmuratov Uzbekistan 6:29
44 Franklin Archibold Castillo Panama 6:48
45 Ronald Kuba Slovakia 7:53
46 Runar Orn Agustsson Iceland 8:08
47 Nazir Jaser Syria 8:20
48 Sarawut Sirironnachai Thailand 8:35
49 Spas Gyurov Bulgaria 9:12
50 Akramjon Sunnatov Uzbekistan 10:43
51 Fadhel Al Khater Qatar 10:57
52 Ali Jawaid Pakistan 11:06
53 Lotfi Tchambaz Algeria 11:43
54 Khalil Amjad Pakistan 13:20

Men's time trial map & profile:

Men's time trial map

Men's time trial map

Men's time trial profile

Men's time trial profile

Men's time trial photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

McNulty

22nd-place Brandon McNulty

Lawson Craddock

Lawson Craddock was 18th.

Tadej Pogacar

10th place Tadej Pogacar

Ethan Hayter

8th-placed rider Ethan Hayter

Stefan Bissegger

7th-place Stefan Bissegger

Tony Martin

6th place Tony Martin will be in just one more race, the Mixed Relay Championships, before he retires.

Stefan Kung

5th place Stefan Kung

Kasper Asgreen

4th place Kasper Asgreen

Remco Evenepoel

Third-place Remco Evenepoel

Wout van Aert

Wout Van Aert missed getting a rainbow jersey by six seconds.

Filippo Ganna

Filippo Ganna on his way to another world championship.

World podium

The podium, from left: 2nd place Wout van Aert, 1st place Filippo Ganna & 3rd place Remco Evenepoel

Filippo Ganna

Champion of the world Filippo Ganna