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2022 World Road Cycling Championships

89th edition: Sept 18 - 25, 2022
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

World Road Cycling Championships podium history | 2021 edition | Race Schedule

Road Race: Elite Men | Elite Women | Junior Women | Men Under 23 | Junior Men

Time Trial: Team Time Trial | Junior Women | Junior Men | Men Under 23 | Elite Women | Elite Men


Sunday, September 25: Elite Men Road Race, 266.9 km

Course map & profile | Race photos

Remco Evenepoel is Champion of the World. Sirotti photo

Les Woodland's book Cycling's World Championships: The Inside Story is available in print, Kindle eBook & audiobook versions. To get your copy, just click on the Amazon link on the right.

The race: Early in the race Mathieu van der Poel (winner of this year's Tour of Flanders) abandoned. He had been in police custody the night before the race over a dispute with children who were knocking on his door. He wasn't back in his hotel until 4:00 AM.

Here's the report from winner Remco Evenepoel's Team Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl:

Remco Evenepoel blazed into the history books Sunday, when he soloed to victory in Wollongong and brought home a world title that his home country had been waiting for since 2012. Just two weeks after becoming the first Belgian in 44 years to triumph in a Grand Tour, Remco scored his 15th win of the season – again, in spectacular fashion – and made sure the prestigious rainbow jersey remained in the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team.

It was the crowning achievement of what has already been a stellar season for the 22-year-old from Schepdaal, only four years after his Junior World Title, a performance not seen since the ‘80s. The dominant victory, which came after a 25km solo ride, also saw Evenepoel join a select group of riders who have won a Monument, a Grand Tour and the World Championships in the same season – another confirmation of his huge talent.

“After a Monument and a Grand Tour, now I’ve also won the Worlds! I won all the races I dreamed of this year and I don’t know if I’ll ever have another season like this again, so I want to enjoy every moment of it. It’s a perfect day for our team and for Belgium! It’s been a long year and it’s amazing to finish it off like this”, said Remco, the first rider in history to win La Vuelta and the Worlds in the space of just weeks.

One week after capturing the bronze medal in the individual time trial race, Remco started the 266.9km road race as one of the main favourites, and with 75 kilometers to go joined a strong group that powered away from the peloton and bridged across to the original breakaway, where he linked up with Pieter Serry, who did some strong pulls that took the advantage to more than two minutes. After his teammate peeled off the front, Evenepoel was one of the most active riders in the group, shutting down several accelerations and putting in a couple of digs of his own, which helped the leaders maintain their comfortable margin over the bunch.

Then, on the penultimate lap, just before the short but sharp Mt Ousley climb, he took off and was joined only by Alexey Lutsenko, and after a couple of kilometers of sharing the workload, he rode the Kazakh off his wheel, going into time trial mode and ensuring himself an unassailable lead with just one lap to go. As the kilometers ticked off, nothing and no one could stop Remco from powering to a historic success, and the Belgian phenomenon claimed the victory at the end of a sensational ride by more than two minutes, the biggest winning margin at the World Championships since 1968.

“After making my move and being joined by Alexey, I realised that I wanted to be alone as I felt that I could take the victory, so I attacked again, on the climb this time, and once I had a margin I just kept pushing. On the final lap I felt my legs exploding, but I knew I was close to the finish, so I was quite confident and really calm. Winning the rainbow jersey is something I’ve been dreaming about and I got goosebumps when I arrived at the finish, knowing what I had achieved”, added Remco, the fifth different rider in the history of our team to become Road Race World Champion.

Complete results:

Photos

266.9 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.575 km/hr

169 riders entered, 66 did not finish, 103 classified finishers.

1 Remco Evenepoel Belgium 6hr 16min 8sec
2 Christophe Laporte France @ 2min 21sec
3 Michael Matthews Australia s.t.
4 Wout Van Aert Belgium s.t.
5 Matteo Trentin Italy s.t.
6 Alexander Kristoff Norway s.t.
7 Peter Sagan Slovakia s.t.
8 Alberto Bettiol Italy s.t.
9 Ethan Hayter Great Britain s.t.
10 Mattias Jensen Denmark s.t.
11 Ivan García Cortina Spain s.t.
12 Jan Tratnik Slovenia s.t.
13 Lorenzo Rota Italy s.t.
14 Ben Tulett Great Britain s.t.
15 Mikkel Honoré Denmark s.t.
16 Rasmus Tiller Norway s.t.
17 Mauro Schmid Switzerland s.t.
18 Neilson Powless United States s.t.
19 Tadej Pogacar Slovenia s.t.
20 Stefan Küng Switzerland s.t.
21 Kevin Geniets Luxembourg s.t.
22 Romain Bardet France s.t.
23 Attila Valter Hungary s.t.
24 Alexey Lutsenko Kazakhstan s.t.
25 Bauke Mollema Netherlands s.t.
26 Benoit Cosnefroy France s.t.
27 Dylan Van Baarle Netherlands s.t.
28 Pascal Eenkhoorn Netherlands s.t.
29 Valentin Madouas France 2:31
30 Jan Polanc Slovenia s.t.
31 Sergio Higuita Colombia s.t.
32 Jhonatan Narváez Ecuador s.t.
33 Nicola Conci Italy s.t.
34 Quinten Hermans Belgium 2:34
35 Magnus Cort Denmark 3:01
36 Nickolas Zukowsky Canada s.t.
37 Sven Erik Bystrøm Norway s.t.
38 Silvan Dillier Switzerland s.t.
39 Yukiya Arashiro Japan s.t.
40 Sebastian Schönberger Austria s.t.
41 Anders Skaarseth Norway s.t.
42 Zdenek Stybar Czech Republic s.t.
43 Nathan Van Hooydonck Belgium s.t.
44 Nelson Oliveira Portugal s.t.
45 Bob Jungels Luxembourg s.t.
46 Andrea Bagioli Italy s.t.
47 Jasper Stuyven Belgium s.t.
48 Yves Lampaert Belgium s.t.
49 Jai Hindley Australia s.t.
50 Simon Clarke Australia s.t.
51 Julian Alaphilippe France s.t.
52 Nikias Arndt Germany 3:08
53 Fred Wright Great Britain s.t.
54 Biniam Girmay Eritrea s.t.
55 Michael Morkov Denmark s.t.
56 Jakob Fuglsang Denmark s.t.
57 Alexander Kamp Denmark 3:28
58 Emīls Liepins Latvia 4:50
59 Michael Kukrle Czech Republic s.t.
60 Joao Almeida Portugal 5:16
61 Jan Maas Netherlands 6:11
62 Tobias Bayer Austria s.t.
63 Davide Ballerini Italy s.t.
64 Matus  Stocek Slovakia s.t.
65 Marek Canecky Slovakia s.t.
66 Nairo Quintana Colombia s.t.
67 Heinrich Haussler Australia s.t.
68 Jaka Primozic Slovenia s.t.
69 Merhawi Kudus Eritrea 6:17
70 Anthon Charmig Denmark 6:20
71 Eduardo Sepulveda Argentina s.t.
72 Jannik Steimle Germany s.t.
73 Keegan Swenson United States s.t.
74 Daryl Impey South Africa s.t.
75 Jesús Ezquerra Spain s.t.
76 Stanisław Aniolkowski Poland s.t.
77 Roger Adrià Spain s.t.
78 Magnus Sheffield United States s.t.
79 Ben Swift Great Britain s.t.
80 Quentin Pacher France 8:10
81 Wouter Poels Netherlands s.t.
82 Marc Soler Spain 9:31
83 Ivo Oliveira Portugal s.t.
84 Tobias Foss Norway s.t.
85 Samuele Battistella Italy s.t.
86 Scott McGill United States 10:23
87 Eduard Prades Spain s.t.
88 Simon Pellaud Switzerland 11:28
89 Fabian Lienhard Switzerland s.t.
90 Florian Sénéchal France s.t.
91 Nick Schultz Australia s.t.
92 Mikkel Bjerg Denmark s.t.
93 Wilson Estiben Peña Colombia s.t.
94 Andreas Leknessund Norway s.t.
95 Luc Wirtgen Luxembourg s.t.
96 Lukasz  Owsian Poland s.t.
97 Felix Gall Austria s.t.
98 Stan Dewulf Belgium s.t.
99 Daan Hoole Netherlands s.t.
100 Ben Turner Great Britain 11:40
101 Pavel Sivakov France 14:28
102 Jake Stewart Great Britain 15:05
103 Connor Swift Great Britain s.t.

 

Course map & profile:

Elite men's road race map & profile

Elite men's road race map & profile

Elite men's road race photos by Fotoreporter Sirotti:

Racing along the coast.

Wout van Aert, who finished fourth.

Wouter Poels

INEOS Grenadiers rider Luke Rowe

A well-earned world championship.

Here comes the first group of chasers.

The field sprint, won by France's Christophe Laporte

The podium, from left: Christophe Laporte (2nd), Remco Evenepoel (1st) & Michael Matthews (3rd)

The new World Champion.


Saturday, September 24: Elite Women Road Race, 164.3 km

Course map & profile

Annemiek van Vleuten is again the world champion. Sirotti photo

Bill & Carol McGann's book The Story of the Tour de France, Vol 1: 1903 - 1975 is available in print, Kindle eBook & audiobook versions. To get your copy, just click on the Amazon link on the right.

The race: Here is a machine translation of the report from winner Annemiek van Vleuten's Movistar team.

The Dutchwoman, against all odds and despite her elbow fracture on Wednesday, makes use of an unpredictable attack 1 km from the finish in Wollongong to win her fourth World Cup, second on the road, and wear the rainbow with Movistar Team in her last big 'tour' in 2023.

A day to never forget. With the same emotion that occurred on September 30, 2018, this September 24, 2022 will be etched forever in the memory of the fans and the Movistar Team squad. For the fifth time in the structure, and the first time for her women's team, one of her runners will wear the most beautiful jersey in cycling. And she could not be other than the most brilliant cyclist of recent times and leader of the blue team: Annemiek van Vleuten.

One kilometer short of the 164 that the World Championship road course presented in Wollongong (Australia), after a really tough race for her due to the elbow injury suffered last Wednesday in the Mixed Relay, 'Miek' threw from a select group of favorites the most unexpected attack. Focused, due to her fracture, on supporting Marianne Vos's options, the fatigue of her teammate encouraged the Dutchwoman to look for a single 'shot'. She was a kilometer from the end, with the small platoon always on the lookout, but unable to catch up with her again. Kopecky (BEL / SDW) and Persico (ITA / VAL) would accompany the incredulous and ecstatic world champion in the box.

Van Vleuten, winner of the World Championships for the fourth time after his two time trial rainbows -Bergen (2017) and Innsbruck (2018)- and, until today, the only one in line with a 105 km breakaway in Yorkshire '19, will thus wear the most coveted in the year of his departure, 2023, together with a Movistar Team that can boast from today of having welcomed five world champions: Annemiek, Indurain (1995, CRI), Olano (1998, CRI), Costa (2013) and the aforementioned 'Bala'. Our team continues to make history.

The podium, from left: Lotte Kopecky (2nd), Annemiek van Vleuten (1st) & Silvia Persico (3rd). Sirotti photo

Annemiek van Vleuten:
"I can not believe it. I was waiting for the moment to come when they would tell me that this was not reality. But I was working for Marianne! So, in the end, there came a time when I was left alone in the chasing group, that she couldn't get back, and I thought: 'OK, I know I can't sprint, because of my broken elbow, but I can try it'. I have waited until the last moment to boot, I only had one option, one. I gave it my all and I thought they could catch me ahead of the sprint… but they haven't come back in.

"It has been hell. I couldn't get up on the saddle, like I like to do. My legs felt like they were going to explode on the way up. I had to run completely differently than I usually do, because I wanted to start at Mount Keira, but with the elbow, it was impossible. Marianne was our leader and I came out of a gregarious… and here I am, world champion.

"The two road titles have a history. This morning I was hesitating whether to wear the earrings my father gave me, because I didn't think I would have any options, but I thought: 'Well, if they always give me good luck in the end'. I wanted to race like in Yorkshire, it was not possible due to the injury, and in the end, although it was not 105 km of attack, it was an incredible last kilometer. Two rainbows, with something to tell behind.

"I already wanted to win on Wednesday, it was a shame to crash because I knew we had a nice option, perhaps the best after what happened in the ITT, but here we are. In 2020 I could not enjoy the rainbow well due to the pandemic; Now I'm going to savor it to the fullest."

Complete results:

164.3 kilometers raced at an average speed of 37.282 km/hr

129 riders entered, 3 did not start, 48 did not finish, 78 classified finishers.

1 Annemiek van Vleuten Netherlands 4hr 24min 25sec
2 Lotte Kopecky Belgium @ 1sec
3 Silvia Persico Italy s.t.
4 Liane Lippert Germany s.t.
5 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig Denmark s.t.
6 Arlenis Sierra Cuba s.t.
7 Juliette Labous France s.t.
8 Katarzyna Niewiadoma Poland s.t.
9 Elise Chabbey Switzerland s.t.
10 Elisa Longo Borghini Italy s.t.
11 Ashleigh Moolman South Africa s.t.
12 Niamh Fisher-Black New Zealand s.t.
13 Marlen Reusser Switzerland 0:11
14 Marianne Vos Netherlands 0:13
15 Alexandra Manly Australia s.t.
16 Pfeiffer Georgi Great Britain s.t.
17 Sofia Bertizzolo Italy s.t.
18 Alison Jackson Canada s.t.
19 Justine Ghekiere Belgium s.t.
20 Ricarda Bauernfeind Germany s.t.
21 Brodie Chapman Australia s.t.
22 Simone Boilard Canada s.t.
23 Veronica Ewers USA s.t.
24 Ellen Van Dijk Netherlands s.t.
25 Mavi García Spain s.t.
26 Anna Shackley Great Britain s.t.
27 Amanda Spratt Australia 1:25
28 Paula Andrea Patiño Colombia 4:50
29 Eri Yonamine Japan s.t.
30 Ane Santesteban Spain s.t.
31 Silvia Zanardi Italy 4:57
32 Noemi Rüegg Switzerland s.t.
33 Carina Schrempf Austria s.t.
34 Julie De Wilde Belgium s.t.
35 Grace Brown Australia s.t.
36 Floortje Mackaij Netherlands s.t.
37 Olivia Baril Canada s.t.
38 Leah Thomas United States s.t.
39 Mari Hole Mohr Norway s.t.
40 Ella Wyllie New Zealand s.t.
41 Evita Muzic France s.t.
42 Urška Pintar Slovenia s.t.
43 Julie Van De Velde Belgium 5:01
44 Olga Zabelinskaya Uzbekistan 7:37
45 Dominika Wlodarczyk Poland s.t.
46 Leah Kirchmann Canada s.t.
47 Riejanne Markus Netherlands 7:39
48 Elena Cecchini Italy s.t.
49 Elisa Balsamo Italy s.t.
50 Anna Henderson Great Britain s.t.
51 Shirin Van Anrooij Netherlands s.t.
52 Jelena Eric Serbia s.t.
53 Marie Le Net France s.t.
54 Omer Shapira Israel 9:30
55 Anne Dorthe Ysland Norway 9:32
56 Eugenia Bujak Slovenia s.t.
57 Romy Kasper Germany s.t.
58 Sarah Roy Australia 9:54
59 Rasa Leleivytė Lithuania 9:58
60 Marta Jaskulska Poland 12:07
61 Kristen Faulkner USA s.t.
62 Julia Borgström Sweden s.t.
63 Elena Hartmann Switzerland 12:23
64 Agnieszka Skalniak-Sojka Poland 12:42
65 Špela Kern Slovenia s.t.
66 Lina Marcela Hernández Colombia s.t.
67 Ingvild Gaskjenn Norway s.t.
68 Coralie Demay France s.t.
69 Diana Peñuela Colombia s.t.
70 Elizabeth Holden Great Britain s.t.
71 Marta Bastianelli Italy s.t.
72 Franziska Koch Germany 15:51
73 Nina Berton Luxembourg s.t.
74 Hayley Preen South Africa s.t.
75 Heidi Franz United States s.t.
76 Nathalie Eklund Sweden s.t.
77 Julie Leth Denmark s.t.
78 Kateřina Nash Czech Republic s.t.

 

Course map & profile:


Saturday, September 24: Junior Women Road Race, 4 laps, 67.2 km

Course map & profile

What an athlete! After winning the time trial championship a few days ago, in the road race Zoe Bäckstedt left her nearest chaser more than two minutes behind! UCI Photo

Bill and Carol McGann's book The Story of the Tour de France, Vol 2: 1976 - 2018 is available in print, Kindle eBook & Audiobook versions. To get your copy, just click on the Amazon link on the right.

The race: Here's the report from British Cycling.

All eyes were on Zoe Backstedt in today’s junior women’s road race, as she defended her world title with a perfectly executed ride on her 18th birthday. The afternoon saw further success for Great Britain’s women as Pfeiffer Georgi claimed the under-23 silver medal in the elite women’s road race.

Junior women’s road race
Dominating from the start, Backstedt set a fast pace after being led into the first climb by teammate Izzy Sharp. On the first descent, Backstedt went clear and attacked hard, taking an initial 18 second lead and by the end of the first lap had ridden well clear of the peloton, taking a 47 second lead.

By the halfway point of the 62.7km course, Backstedt had opened up the lead to an impressive 02:14, leaving no doubt in people’s minds that this was her race to win. The young rider crossed the finish line in tears as she was announced Junior Women’s Road Race World Champion, claiming an incredible second world title of the week.

In the peloton, Great Britain teammates Awen Roberts and Grace Lister rode exceptionally well, keeping control of the group, pulling back breakaway riders and blocking potential splits. Roberts rode well up the climbs, but a move from Dutch Nienke Vinke saw the peloton split and the Brit couldn’t hold on into the final lap.

Roberts crossed the finish line 16th overall, with Lister in 31st and Izzy Sharp completed the 62.7km course in 37th position.

On the momentous win, Backstedt said: “It’s pretty crazy; I’m 18 and World Champion. You don’t get used to being on the podium with that gold medal, it’s different every time. I was in tears on the podium, everyone singing happy birthday to me, it’s an incredible feeling.”

Complete results:

67.2 kilometers raced at an average speed of 37.653 km/hr

72 riders entered, 15 did not finish, 57 classified finishers.

1 Zoe Bäckstedt Great Britain 1hr 47min 5sec
2 Eglantine Rayer France @ 2min 7sec
3 Nienke Vinke Netherlands s.t.
4 Francesca Pellegrini Italy 2:19
5 Maho Kakita Japan 2:21
6 Malwina Mul Poland s.t.
7 Julia Kopecky Czech Republic s.t.
8 Eleonora Ciabocco Italy s.t.
9 Xaydee Van Sinaey Belgium s.t.
10 Alizee Rigaux France s.t.
11 Noëlle Rüetschi Switzerland s.t.
12 Fleur Moors Belgium s.t.
13 Daniela Schmidsberger Austria s.t.
14 Jette Simon Germany s.t.
15 Justyna Czapla Germany s.t.
16 Awen Roberts Great Britain s.t.
17 Bonnie Rattray New Zealand s.t.
18 Febe Jooris Belgium 2:46
19 Babette Van Der Wolf Netherlands s.t.
20 Jade Linthoudt Belgium s.t.
21 Talia Appleton Australia s.t.
22 Anna Van Der Meiden Netherlands s.t.
23 Gaia Segato Italy s.t.
24 Elisabeth Ebras Estonia s.t.
25 Rosita Reijnhout Netherlands s.t.
26 Samantha Scott USA s.t.
27 Julie Bego France s.t.
28 Bronte Stewart Australia s.t.
29 Eliska Kvasnickova Czech Republic 3:27
30 Lise Ménage France 3:31
31 Grace Lister Great Britain 3:56
32 Titia Ryo France 3:58
33 Jule Märkl Germany 5:06
34 Chloe Patrick USA 6:04
35 Lucia Ruiz Pérez Spain s.t.
36 Fiona Zimmermann Switzerland s.t.
37 Izzy Sharp Great Britain 6:22
38 Lucy Stewart Australia s.t.
39 Katherine Sarkisov USA s.t.
40 Federica Venturelli Italy s.t.
41 Eloise Camire Canada s.t.
42 Hannah Kunz Germany s.t.
43 Isabelle Carnes Australia s.t.
44 Violetta Kazakova Kazakhstan s.t.
45 Anabelle Thomas Canada s.t.
46 Wilma Aintila Finland s.t.
47 Alice Toniolli Italy s.t.
48 Laura Lizette Sander Estonia 6:26
49 Laura Ruiz Pérez Spain 7:38
50 Angie Mariana Londoño Colombia 8:26
51 Arabella Tuck New Zealand 8:33
52 Belinda Bailey Australia 8:37
53 Lucía García Spain s.t.
54 Makala Jaramillo USA 8:38
55 Seana Littbarski-Gray Germany s.t.
56 Nataliia Safroniuk Ukraine s.t.
57 Kiara Lylyk Canada 12:37

 

Course map & profile:

Junior Women road race map

Junior women road race map


Friday, September 23: Men Under 23 Road Race, 10 laps, 169.8 km

Course map & profile

Federov

Yevgeniy Federov is world champion. Sirotti photo

Bill and Carol McGann's book The Story of the Tour de France, Vol 2: 1976 - 2018 is available in print, Kindle eBook & Audiobook versions. To get your copy, just click on the Amazon link on the right.

The race: Here's the report from winner Yevgeniy Federov's pro team Astana Qazaqstan.

Our young rider Yevgeniy Fedorov took the biggest victory of his career, winning the U23 road race today at the UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong, Australia.

In a head-to-head final sprint against Czech rider Mathias Vacek, the rider of Astana Qazaqstan Team became the strongest, bringing a huge success to the National Team of Kazakhstan, exactly 10 years after Alexey Lutsenko’s victory in 2012 in Valkenburg, Netherlands.

“I am so happy, and I still can’t believe I did it! It’s so emotional! Together with the team we were working hard to prepare for this race and three weeks at La Vuelta gave me a lot in this matter. I wanted to show a good result here and I promised to myself to do all possible in the fight for the gold medal. But I knew it wouldn’t be easy at all. The expectations were high, and I also put some pressure on myself, but in the end, I won and now I am super happy”, – said Yevgeniy Fedorov.

It was day of racing in the rain. Sirotti photo

“It was a tough day on the road, and we spent the whole day under the rain. The pace of the race was high and all day long we were riding full gas. I was keeping on trying constantly during the final part of the distance – firstly I tried with 4 laps to go, then, again with 2 laps to go. It never worked out. Well, then I had to spend a lot of energy to bridge to a new group of attackers which, I realized, could be a good one. At the end of the day, I found myself in a group of four riders with some good chances for the final. Inside the last five kilometers we remained just two with Mathias Vacek, while the group was riding always really close behind our shoulders. Together we worked hard, we gave all we had to stay away and to reach the finish line. I went in front with some 300 meters to go and launched my sprint, I just gave all I had in the legs, and it was enough to become the World Champion! That’s unbelievable! I want to thank all my teammates, all my teams, both, National and Astana Qazaqstan, all the people around me, who were helping and supporting me on my way to this result”, – added Yevgeniy Fedorov.

The podium, from left: Matthias Vacek (2nd), Yevgeniy Fedorov (1st) & Soren Waerenskjold (3rd). Sirotti photo

Complete results:

169.8 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.963 km/hr

132 riders entered, 3 did not start, 59 did not finish, 70 classified finishers

1 Yevgeniy Fedorov Kazakhstan 3hr 57min 8sec
2 Mathias Vacek Czech Republic @ 1sec
3 Soren Waerenskjold Norway 0:03
4 Madis Mihkels Estonia s.t.
5 Olav Kooij Netherlands s.t.
6 Pavel Bittner Czech Republic s.t.
7 Matthew Dinham Australia s.t.
8 Paul Penhoet France s.t.
9 Matevz Govekar Slovenia s.t.
10 Jenno Berckmoes Belgium s.t.
11 Michel Hessmann Germany s.t.
12 Erik Fetter Hungary s.t.
13 Per Strand Hagenes Norway s.t.
14 Samuel Watson Great Britain s.t.
15 Alexandre Balmer Switzerland s.t.
16 Martin Svrcek Slovakia s.t.
17 Lennert Van Eetvelt Belgium s.t.
18 Bastien Tronchon France 0:08
19 Alec Segaert Belgium 0:23
20 Romain Gregoire France s.t.
21 Raul García Pierna Spain 0:58
22 Pau Miquel Delgado Spain s.t.
23 Nicolo Buratti Italy s.t.
24 Vito Braet Belgium 1:14
25 Lorenzo Milesi Italy s.t.
26 Jakub Toupalík Czech Republic s.t.
27 Tobias Andresen Denmark s.t.
28 Fabio Van Den Bossche Belgium 1:43
29 Mathis le Berre France 2:55
30 Maurice Ballerstedt Germany 3:34
31 Hannes Wilksch Germany s.t.
32 Casper van Uden Netherlands 3:37
33 Tim Torn Teutenberg Germany s.t.
34 Cedric Pries Luxembourg s.t.
35 NicoloParisini Italy s.t.
36 Colby Simmons United States s.t.
37 Fabian Weiss Switzerland s.t.
38 Gleb Brussenskiy Kazakhstan s.t.
39 Nils Brun Switzerland s.t.
40 Tim van Dijke Netherlands s.t.
41 Robert Donaldson Great Britain s.t.
42 Martin Marcellusi Italy s.t.
43 Embret Svestad-Bardseng Norway s.t.
44 Logan Currie New Zealand s.t.
45 Sebastian Kolze Changizi Denmark 3:42
46 Dries De Pooter Belgium 5:13
47 Petr Kelemen Czech Republic 5:43
48 Sean Flynn Great Britain s.t.
49 Pierre-Pascal  Keup Germany s.t.
50 Nicolas Rivard Canada s.t.
51 Mihael Stajnar Slovenia s.t.
52 Davide De Pretto Italy 8:43
53 Fran Miholjevic Croatia s.t.
54 Enekoitz Azparren Irurzun Spain s.t.
55 Luke Lamperti United States s.t.
56 Maksym Bilyi Ukraine 9:39
57 Hamza Amari Algeria s.t.
58 German Dario Gomez Colombia s.t.
59 Nicolas Vinokurov Kazakhstan s.t.
60 Callum Ormiston South Africa s.t.
61 Arnaud Tendon Switzerland s.t.
62 Matthew Riccitello United States s.t.
63 Carson Miles Canada s.t.
64 Jannis Peter Germany s.t.
65 Tord Gudmestad Norway s.t.
66 Jokin Murguialday Spain s.t.
67 Mats Wenzel Luxembourg s.t.
68 Oliver Stockwell Great Britain s.t.
69 Felix Engelhardt Germany s.t.
70 Leo Hayter Great Britain s.t.

 

Course map & profile:

Men Under 23 road race map

Men Under 23 road race map.


Friday, September 23: Junior Men Road Race, 8 laps, 135.6 km

Course map & profile

Emil Herzog

Emil Herzog is World Chamion. Sirotti photo

Bill & Carol McGann's book The Story of the Tour de France, Vol 1: 1903 - 1975 is available in print, Kindle eBook & audiobook versions. To get your copy, just click on the Amazon link on the right.

The race: Here is a machine-translation of the German Cycling Federation's report.

Emil Herzog is the new junior road world champion. The 17-year-old prevailed in the two-man sprint against the Portuguese Antonio Morgado, who had a decisive influence on the final.

After his teammates provided valuable support in the first laps, Herzog was on his own in the final. The wet streets of Wollongong were no obstacle for the 17-year-old to push the pace again and again - especially on the long descent - and give the race the decisive turn. Herzog made sure that a group of five was formed around the Estonian Romet Pajur, and he also wore down fellow favorites like the Swiss Jan Christen or the French Thibaud Gruel. None worked more than the German. While the competition tried to save energy, Herzog didn't bother with tactical gimmicks, but drove for all or nothing.

When the Portuguese Antonio Morgado stole away at the end of the penultimate lap, Herzog let his competitors take control for a moment. But when nobody reacted, everyone only had their eyes on Herzog and the Portuguese already had a 40-second lead, Herzog followed suit and made the connection. Morgado immediately attached himself to Herzog's rear wheel, leaving the German to take the lead over the last few kilometers in order to conserve his own strength. But Herzog remained vigilant, gave it his all down the home straight and clinched the title.

Emil Herzog

Just after the race. Sirotti photo

“That was probably the hardest sprint of my life. I saw him coming from the right and we were neck and neck. When I finally had a small hole, I just didn't stop pedaling, "said Herzog, who didn't mind the rain, after the race. He still couldn't believe his triumph: "I worked hard for it and last year I was unlucky at the World Cup. Everything went perfectly this year. Everything worked out and now I'm world champion. That sounds so unrealistic."

The Junior men's podium, from left: Antonio Morgado (2nd), Emil Herzog (1st) & Vlad Van Mechelen (3rd). Sirotti photo

Complete results:

108 riders entered, 2 did not start, 46 did not finish, 60 classified finishers.

135.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 42.571 km/hr

1 Emil Herzog Germany 3hr 11min 7sec
2 Antonio Morgado Portugal s.t.
3 Vlad Van Mechelen Belgium @ 55sec
4 Paul Magnier France s.t.
5 Artem Shmidt USA s.t.
6 Menno Huising Netherlands s.t.
7 Thibaud Gruel France s.t.
8 Aron Ragilo Frank Estonia s.t.
9 Zachary Walker Great Britain s.t.
10 Pavel Novak Czech Republic s.t.
11 Viggo Moore USA s.t.
12 Jan Christen Switzerland s.t.
13 Jørgen Nordhagen Norway 0:59
14 Matteo Scalco Italy 2:22
15 Romet Pajur Estonia 2:48
16 Milan Kadlec Czech Republic s.t.
17 Benjamin Eckerstorfer Austria s.t.
18 Gonçalo Tavares Portugal s.t.
19 Oscar Chamberlain Australia 5:30
20 Jed Smithson Great Britain 6:27
21 Mathieu Kockelmann Luxembourg 7:16
22 Cameron Rogers Australia s.t.
23 Natan Gregorcic Slovenia s.t.
24 Noa Isidore France s.t.
25 Martin Barta Czech Republic s.t.
26 Léandre Lozouet France s.t.
27 Matys Grisel France 7:23
28 Yoel Ghebregergish Eritrea 10:05
29 Louis Leidert Germany 11:18
30 Jerome Gauthier Canada 11:50
31 Nicolas Gojkovic Croatia s.t.
32 Fabian Wünstel Germany s.t.
33 Hubert Grygowski Poland s.t.
34 Mil Morang Luxembourg s.t.
35 Simone Gualdi Italy s.t.
36 Pau Marti Spain s.t.
37 Hamish Mckenzie Australia s.t.
38 Daniel Lima Portugal s.t.
39 Aljaz Turk Slovenia s.t.
40 Samuel Novak Slovakia s.t.
41 Sente Sentjens Belgium s.t.
42 Mikal Uglehus Norway s.t.
43 Joël Tinner Switzerland s.t.
44 Anton Skutnabb Finland s.t.
45 Max Van Der Meulen Netherlands s.t.
46 Yago Aguirre Spain s.t.
47 William Eaves Australia s.t.
48 Maxence Place Belgium s.t.
49 Toby Evans New Zealand s.t.
50 Mauro Brenner Germany s.t.
51 Michael Leonard Canada s.t.
52 Mihnea-Alexandru Harasim Romania s.t.
53 Felix Hamel Canada s.t.
54 Viego Tijssen Netherlands s.t.
55 Diego Pescador Colombia s.t.
56 Alex Gustin USA 11:55
57 Kazuma Fujimura Japan s.t.
58 Tiago Nunes Portugal 13:31
59 Jose Kleinsmit South Africa 13:36
60 Yonas Abraham Eritrea 13:39

 

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Wednesday, September 21: Team Time Trial - Mixed Relay, 28.2 km

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The Swiss team: winners and new world champions. Sirotti photo

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The race: 1 lap for men, 1 lap for women. 16 teams competing.

Here is a machine-translation of the race report from the Swiss Cycling Federation.

After the bronze award for Marlen Reusser and the silver plaque for Stefan Küng, the Swiss team also won a gold medal at the Road World Championships in Wollongong. The sextet with Reusser, Küng, Elise Chabbey, Nicole Koller, Stefan Bissegger and Mauro Schmid secured the title in the mixed team time trial.

Stefan Küng, Stefan Bissegger, Mauro Schmid, Marlen Reusser, Elise Chabbey and Nicole Koller prevailed over the 28.2 km long course in Wollongong with a lead of almost three seconds over Italy and 38 seconds over host Australia.

The Swiss men's trio on the road. Sirotti photo

At the handover, the trio of men had a lead of 15 seconds, of which the women saved a small part of it to the finish. Time trial specialist Reusser set a high pace that Chabbey and mountain bike specialist Koller were able to match. "We wanted to drive so fast that all three could keep up and we could support each other," said Reusser. "That worked very well."

At the finish, the Swiss women replaced Australia as the leader, which secured the first medal win in a mixed team time trial. Although the Italians gained a few seconds, they were not able to displace Switzerland from first place. Germany, starting as the defending champions, had to settle for fourth place.

The Swiss women headed for a gold medal. Sirotti photo

"We knew that we would be good," said Küng, after all, Switzerland is a time trial nation. But the fact that it would be enough for the world title came as a surprise to the 28-year-old. On Sunday the Thurgau had to accept a disappointment with missing the gold medal in the individual time trial by almost three seconds and had to accept that the seconds and hundredths don't seem to be on his side when it comes to the most important decisions.

At the European Championships in Munich in August, he missed his third title by 32 hundredths behind compatriot Bissegger, and at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games four tenths were missing from Australian Rohan Dennis and the bronze medal. In the mixed team time trial, too, Switzerland hadn't been lucky until now. Last year, the Swiss Cycling team in Flanders missed a medal in this discipline behind the Italians by five hundredths.

But this time the watch was on the Swiss side. Switzerland was not at the start of the first event in 2019 in Yorkshire, England. In 2020 in Imola, the race was not part of the competition program that was shortened due to the corona pandemic.

Annemiek van Vleuten crashes after her chain dropped to the small ring as she was getting going.

Things didn't go as well for co-favorite Netherlands. Bauke Mollema had a problem after only three minutes, Olympic champion Annemiek van Vleuten fell and had to be taken to the hospital for an examination. [Both riders had front derailleur problems]

Race podium

The podium, from left: Italy (2nd), Switzerland (1st) & Australia (3rd). Sirotti photo

Complete results:

28.2 kilometers raced at an average speed of 50.080 km/hr

1 SWITZERLAND 33min 47.17sec
SCHMID Mauro
KUNG Stefan
BISSEGGER Stefan
CHABBEY Elise
REUSSER Marlen
KOLLER Nicole
2 ITALY @ 2.92sec
AFFINI Edoardo
SOBRERO Matteo
GANNA Filippo
LONGO BORGHINI Elisa
CECCHINI Elena
GUAZZINI Vittoria
3 AUSTRALIA +38.40
MATTHEWS Michael
PLAPP Lucas
DURBRIDGE Luke
BAKER Georgia
MANLY Alexandra
ROY Sarah
4 GERMANY +45.89
HEIDEMANN Miguel
STEIMLE Jannik
ARNDT Nikias
LIPPERT Liane
KROGER Mieke
KASPER Romy
5 NETHERLANDS +51.93
MOLLEMA Bauke
van der POEL Mathieu
13 HOOLE Daan
14 MARKUS Riejanne
15 van VLEUTEN Annemiek
16 van DIJK Ellen
6 DENMARK +58.40
NIELSEN Magnus Cort
HONORE Mikkel
BJERG Mikkel
LETH Julie
KOERNER Rebecca
BJERG Emma Cecilie
7 FRANCE +58.72
le HUITOUZE Eddy
ARMIRAIL Brunole
CAVAGNA Remi
BIANNIC Aude
DEMAY Coralie
ABOUS Juliette
8 BELGIUM +1:49.44
van HOOYDONCK Nathan
HERMANS Quinten
SERRY Pieter
de WILDE Julie
VANDENBULCKE Jesse
DEMEY Valerie
9 POLAND +1:51.58
GAJDULEWICZ Mateusz
BODNAR Maciej
GIERYK Kacper
WLODARCZYK Dominika
SKALNIAKSOJKA Agnieszka
JASKULSKA Marta
10 SPAIN +2:43.99
LAZKANO LOPEZ Oier
GARCIA PIERNA Raul
ROMEO ABAD Ivan
OYARBIDE JIMENEZ Lourdes
ALONSO DOMINGUEZ Sandra
ERASO LASA Idoia
11 AUSTRIA +3:30.30
BAYER Tobias
SCHONBERGER Sebastian
GALL Felix
SCHWEINBERGER Christina
KIESENHOFER Anna
SCHREMPF Carina
12 UKRAINE +4:51.49
BUTS Vitaliy
KONONENKO Mykhaylo
NOVAKOVSKYI Vitalii
NAHULIAK Daryna
VARENYK Maryna
SEMENOVA Iryna
13 UCI WORLD CYCLING CENTRE +4:59.11
AMARI Hamza
ABREHA Negasi Haylu
ROGORA Kiya
GEREFIEL Selam Amha
le ROUX Maude Elaine
HOUILI Nesrine
14 TAHITI +7:03.05
KRAINER Franz Taruia
ENDELER Kahiri
POULAIN Teva
TOUFFET Elodie
CRAWFORD Kylie
HAPAIRAI Tekau
15 NEW CALEDONIA +8:21.60
LACHENY Rayann
BARKET Florian
SCHAVITS David
BRASSEUR Manon
GAYRAL Sandra
THEMEREAU Patricia
16 SAMOA +17:58.46
KHAN Raea
COLLINS Wally
MULITALO Gideon
HARRIS-BLAIN Pearl
AFOA Jordan
MULITALO Urlin

 

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Tuesday, September 20: Junior Women Time Trial, 14.1 km

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Zoe Backstedt's winning form. UCI photo

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The race: Here's the report from British Cycling:

After taking home the silver medal last year, Zoe Backstedt came into the race with the aim of taking the top spot and with an initial time check of 9:38.06, 50 seconds ahead of the current fastest time, it was clear she meant business.

With an incredibly smooth and confident ride over the 14.1km course, Backstedt obliterated the competition, completing the course in a blistering time of 18:26.78, taking 1:35.58 off the silver medallist Justyna Czapla.

On her momentous win, Backstedt said:

“It feels incredible, I really wanted this one, it means a lot. I’ve got one track, the road, I’ve got cyclo-cross and now I’ve got the time trial (World Championship titles). I’m so happy I could pull it off.

“Out on the course my legs were hurting, but that was a good thing because I knew I was going hard and going strong, just trying to hold my power. Every race I go into, there’s no pressure. If you mess up, you mess up, but if you do well then even better. It’s just all about enjoying it.”

Backstedt now holds the junior world titles for cyclocross, time trial, road, and track (Madison), making her the only rider in history to do so.

Complete results:

14.1 kilometers raced at an average speed of 45.863 km/hr

1 Zoe Backstedt Great Britain 18min 26.78sec
2 Justyna Czapla Germany @ 1min 35.58sec
3 Febe Jooris Belgium 1:49
4 Eliska Kvasnickova Czech Republic s.t.
5 Anna van der Meiden Netherlands 1:50
6 Elisabeth Ebras Estonia 1:51
7 Nienke Vinke Netherlands 1:52
8 Isabelle Carnes Australia 1:55
9 Laura Lizette Sander Estonia 2:00
10 Isabel Sharp Great Britain 2:05
11 Hannah Kunz Germany 2:06
12 Wilma Aintila Finland 2:10
13 Maho Kakita Japan 2:13
14 Jette Simon Germany 2:15
15 Alice Toniolli Italy 2:22
16 Eglantine Rayer France 2:27
17 Bronte Stewart Australia 2:31
18 Fiona Zimmerman Switzerland 2:32
19 Amelia Sykes New Zealand 2:33
20 Daniela Schmidsberger Austria 2:40
21 Lucy Stewart Australia 2:43
22 Penelope Primeau Canada 2:50
23 Xaydee van Sinaey Belgium 2:55
24 Federica Venturelli Italy 3:00
25 Violetta Kazakova Kazakhstan 3:11
26 Chloe Patrick USA 3:12
27 Katherine Sarkisov USA 3:20
28 Eloise Camire Canada 3:24
29 Arabella Tuck New Zealand 3:31
30 Angie Londono Posada Colombia 3:58
31 Alina Spirina Kazakhstan 4:08
32 Caitlin Thompson South Africa 4:30
33 Lucia Garcia Munoz Spain 4:33
34 Almudena Morales Perez Spain s.t.
35 Nataliia Safroniuk Ukraine 4:36
36 Rachel Seaman South Africa 5:22
37 Maryam Ali Pakistan 7:52

 

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Tuesday, September 20: Junior Men Time Trial, 28.8 km

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Winner Joshua Tarling. ISI photo

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The race: Here's the report from British Cycling:

Britain’s second rainbow jersey of the day came from Welshman Josh Tarling, who went into the individual time trial as top seed following his silver medal Road World Championships debut in 2021.

Starting confidently, Tarling took a strong lead ahead of Australia’s Hamish McKenzie, who had been sitting in the hot seat in first position for most of the day. Tarling lost a few seconds on the second climb, but pulled it back with a strong finish to take the world title with a time of 34:59.26, nine seconds faster than second place.

On achieving the world title, Tarling said:

“I’m feeling relief mainly! It’s been a lot of hard work and I’m just super happy. I was really nervous and didn’t want to look at any times all day because I was just going to do my ride anyway. I don’t feel too pressured, I have a nice team and a nice family and friends so I felt ok, I just wanted to stay focused and stay away from cycling up until the race.

“For Friday, we’ve got three different riders who can win it so we’ll all go in and work together and try to get one of us a win.”

Complete results:

28.8 kilometers raced at an average speed of 49.389 km/hr

1 Joshua Tarling Great Britain 34min 59.26sec
2 Hamish McKenzie Australia @ 19.19sec
3 Emil Herzog Germany 0:33
4 Jan Christen Switzerland 0:59
5 Romet Pajur Estonia 1:07
6 Artem Shmidt USA 1:37
7 Frank Aron Ragilo Estonia 1:38
8 Duarte Marivoet Belgium 1:40
9 Jorgen Nordhagen Norway 1:41
10 Thibaud Gruel France 1:41
11 Mathieu Kockelmann Luxembourg 1:44
12 Louis Leidert Germany 1:54
13 Nicolas Milesi Italy 1:57
14 Cameron Rogers Australia 1:58
15 Pavel Novak Czech Republic 2:02
16 Sjors Lugthart Netherlands 2:07
17 Benjamin Eckerstorfer Austria 2:09
18 William Eaves Australia 2:11
19 Goncalo Tavares Portugal 2:23
20 António Morgado Portugal 2:25
21 Natan Gregorcic Slovenia 2:26
22 William Colorado Osorio Colombia 2:28
23 Mees Vlot Netherlands 2:40
24 Alex Gustin USA 3:51
25 Renato Favero Italy 2:54
26 Jens Verbrugghe Belgium 2:58
27 Stepan Telecky Czech Republic 2:59
28 Felix Hamel Canada 3:00
29 Hubert Grygowski Poland 3:01
30 Campbell Parrish Canada 3:05
31 Dominik Ratajczak Poland 3:08
32 Rokas Adomaitis Lithuania 3:11
33 Tim Rey Switzerland 3:13
34 Anton Skutnabb Finland 3:23
35 Tom Stephenson New Zealand 3:33
36 Mihajlo Stolic Serbia 3:41
37 Aironas Gerdauskas Lithuania 3:44
38 Maxim Taraskin Kazakhstan 4:11
39 Kazuma Fujimura Japan 4:11
40 Felipe Chan Panama 4:25
41 Aklilu Gebretinsae Eritrea 4:30
42 Pau Marti Spain 4:31
43 Lewis Bower New Zealand 4:34
44 Muhammad Syelhan Indonesia 4:43
45 Koki Kamada Japan 5:03
46 Kamran Mirzakhanov Azerbaijan 5:04
47 Jose Kleinsmit South Africa 5:08
48 Francois Hofmeyr South Africa 5:12
49 Alexey Vaganov Kazakhstan 5:18
50 Ilya Karabutov Kazakhstan 5:28
51 Semen Simon Ukraine 5:48
52 Syarif Hidayatullah Indonesia 8:19

 

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Junior men map & profile


Monday, September 19: Men Under 23 Time Trial, 28.8 km

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Soren Waerenskjold on his way to a rainbow jersey. UCI Cycling image.

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The race: Here's the report from silver medalist Alec Segaert's Team Lotto Soudal.

Alec Segaert took second place at the U23 worlds time trial. The first year U23 rider, who recently signed a three-year contract with Lotto Dstny, only had to tolerate top favorite Søren Waerenskjold in front of him, after he had ridden an almost perfect time trial himself.

Afterwards, Alec Segaert could only be very satisfied with his performance. “My pacing plan was made by my brother Loïc, who is also my trainer and in who I have full confidence”, said Alec Segaert. “We have been working on it until almost the last minute because of the changes in wind direction. Despite such a plan, it is always difficult not to start too fast during a world championship: with all that encouragement along the road and also in your mind from the people you know are watching at home. It was important to hold back a bit in the first lap. I think I managed that well and I still had something in the tank for the second lap.”

The podium, from left: Alec Segaert (2nd), Soren Waerenskjold (1st) & Leo Hayter (3rd). Getty Sport image.

Alec Segaert had the fastest time after that first lap, with a small lead on top favorite Søren Waerenskjold. “After the halfway mark, I knew that I had about the same time as Søren Waerenskjold, who I knew had ridden a fantastic second lap. He is in his final year as an U23 rider and thus has some more experience and body. From then on, I knew winning was going to be difficult, but silver behind Søren Waerenskjold would also be great for me. I kept going full gas to achieve that, I gave it my all and am very happy with this silver medal.”

Lennert Van Eetvelt, who turns pro with Lotto Dstny next year, also took part and came in 14th. Afterwards he said he never had the legs he wanted.

Complete results:

28.8 kilometers raced at an average speed of 50.492 km/hr

1 Soren Waerenskjold Norway 34min 13.40sec
2 Alec Segaert Belgium @ 16.34sec
3 Leo Hayter Great Britain 0:24
4 Logan Currie New Zealand 0:33
5 Michel Hessman Germany 0:39
6 Carl-Frederik Bevort Denmark s.t.
7 Eddy Le Huitouze France 0:51
8 Raúl García Pierna Spain 1:02
9 Mathias Vacek Czech Republic 1:03
10 Lorenzo Milesi Italy 1:04
11 Fran Miholjevic Croatia 1:07
12 Fabian Weiss Switzerland 1:15
13 Kaden Luke Hopkins Bermuda 1:33
14 Lennert Van Eetvelt Belgium 1:37
15 Aivaras Mikutis Lithuania 1:42
16 Davide Piganzoli Italy 1:44
17 Andrey Remkhe Kazakhstan 1:49
18 Mick Van Dijke Netherlands 1:54
19 Tristan Jussaume Canada 2:09
20 Hannes Wilksch Germany 2:14
21 Yuhi Todome Japan 2:20
22 Gleb Brussenskiy Kazakhstan 2:21
23 Joonas Kurits Estonia 2:32
24 Axel Van Der Tuuk Netherlands s.t.
25 Alexandre Balmer Switzerland s.t.
26 Kacper Gieryk Poland 2:39
27 Mateusz Gajdulewicz Poland 2:44
28 Patrick Welch USA 2:58
29 Carson Miles Canada 3:05
30 Adam Holm Jorgensen Denmark 3:52
31 Christopher Morales Fontan Puerto Rico 4:40
32 Ahmed Madan Bahrain 4:55
33 Callum Ormiston South Africa 5:31
34 Ahmed Naser Bahrain 5:35
35 Hamza Amari Algeria 5:39
36 Tiano Da Silva South Africa 5:44
37 Tsun Wai Chu Hong Kong 5:53
38 Mohammad Almutaiwei UAE 6:01
39 Amanuel Mehari Eritrea 7:05
40 Juan Manuel Barboza Nader Colombia 7:24
41 Muhammad Ismail Anwar Pakistan 8:00
42 Simon Tesfagaber Eritrea 8:50
43 Blayde Blas Guam 10:03

 

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Sunday, September 18: Men Elite Time Trial, 34.2 km

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Tobias Foss on his way to a gold medal.

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The race: Winner Tobias Foss' Team Jumbo-Visma sent me this report.

Tobias Foss has caused a sensation at the world time trial championships. In Wollongong, Australia, the Norwegian rider of Team Jumbo-Visma took the gold medal. It meant his first victory in international professional cycling.

"I feel as though I am dreaming. I don't believe it. It's surreal", Foss said afterwards. The Norwegian was not considered a top favourite but surprised everybody. "My legs felt strong during the time trial. After my races in Canada, I had faith that my form was sound. But the outcome is better than I could have ever imagined. I will try to enjoy it; I think I don't realise it yet."

Foss instantly demonstrated his ability to contend for the medals on a difficult course. "I had to keep pushing throughout the time trial. It was very technical and tricky. I tried to ride uphill fast and catch my breath downhill. The coaching was excellent. We prepared well."

For the 25-year-old Norwegian, it is still surreal that Foss now gets to shine in the rainbow jersey for a year. "Today, I hoped to ride in the top ten, maybe even the top five. Now I am a world champion and get to wear the rainbow jersey for a year. That's very special. I'm going to honour the jersey as well I can and, most of all, enjoy it immensely", the world champion said.

The podium

The podium, from left: Stefan Küng (2nd), Tobias Foss (1st) & Remco Evenepoel (3rd)

Foss had claimed three titles at the Norwegian championships, but this is his first professional victory on the world stage. He won the U23 race Tour de l'Avenir in 2019. The world title time trial in Australia meant his second season victory for national champion Foss.

Complete results:

34.2 kilometers raced at an average speed of 51.241 km/hr

1 Tobias Foss Norway @ 40min 2.78sec
2 Stefan Küng Switzerland @ 2.95sec
3 Remco Evenepoel Belgium 0:09
4 Ethan Hayter Great Britain 0:40
5 Stefan Bissegger Switzerland 0:47
6 Tadej Pogacar Slovenia 0:48
7 Filippo Ganna Italy 0:56
8 Nelson Oliveira Portugal 0:59
9 Yves Lampaert Belgium 1:09
10 Bruno Armirail France 1:10
11 Remi Cavagna France 1:15
12 Lucas Plapp Australia 1:24
13 Edoardo Affini Italy 1:28
14 Mikkel Bjerg Denmark 1:30
15 Matteo Sobrero Italy 1:34
16 Nikias Arndt Germany 1:43
17 Magnus Sheffield USA 1:44
18 Maciej Bodnar Poland 1:49
19 Derek Gee Canada 1:59
20 Miguel Heidemann Germany 2:01
21 Magnus Cort Denmark 2:07
22 Neilson Powless USA 2:09
23 Daan Hoole Netherlands 2:15
24 Andreas Leknessund Norway 2:18
25 Bauke Mollema Netherlands s.t.
26 Matteo Dal-Cin Canada 2:22
27 Alexey Lutsenko Kazakhstan 2:23
28 Yevgeniy Fedorov Kazakhstan 3:03
29 Oier Lazkano Spain 3:06
30 Ognjen Ilic Serbia 3:16
31 Rodrigo Contreras Colombia 3:22
32 Yuriy Natarov Kazakhstan 3:53
33 Venantas Lasinis Lithuania 4:34
34 Daniel Bonello Malta 4:55
35 Cristofer Jurado Panama 5:34
36 Bolivar Espinosa Panama 5:52
37 Vitaliy Novakovskyi Ukraine 5:56
38 Wan Yau Vincent Lau Hong Kong 6:03
39 Bilguunjargal Erdenebat Mongolia 6:41
40 Aiman Cahyadi Indonesia 6:42
41 Muhammad Abdurrahman Indonesia 6:53
42 Alexander Smyth Malta 7:12
43 Mykhaylo Kononenko Ukraine 7:27
44 Sum Lui Ng Hong Kong 7:36
45 Darel Christopher British Virgin Islands 9:07
46 Changquang Xu China 9:37
47 Edward Oingerang Guam 11:43
48 Drabir Alam Bangladesh 19:11

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Sunday, September 18: Women Elite Time Trial, 34.2 km

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Ellen van Dijk, the fastest woman in the world. She just proved it. UCI photo

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

Ellen van Dijk blasted through the 34.2-kilometer course in Wollongong to win her third World Championship individual time trial title.

It was a tight race, but not between the expected favorites, compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten and rival time trial specialist Marlen Reusser, who had beaten Ellen at the European Championships in August.

It was, in fact, Australian Grace Brown who surprised everyone by setting the quickest time in the two time splits and a high benchmark at the finish.

Ellen van Dijk was on her game though. Up eight seconds at the first time check she increased her lead to 22 by the second. When she crossed the line, the clocked stopped at 44 minutes and 29 seconds. Ellen had taken her third time trial title by 12 seconds.

Although it seemed certain after Ellen set the fastest times across the technical, undulating course, the 32-year-old Dutch specialist had no idea of victory – she didn’t want to know the time splits during the race – until she had crossed the finish line.

The podium, from left: Grace Brown (2nd), Ellen van Dijk (1st) & Marlen Reusser (3rd). Trek-Segafredo photo

Ellen van Dijk takes us through her race
“It was such a difficult course, and I honestly didn’t expect to win it; I didn’t think it was the perfect course for me.  But I had a good mental approach and a good physical approach with my coach Josu (Larrazabal, Trek-Segafredo trainer) and also my boyfriend.

“I just thought, okay, I had a great year in the rainbow jersey and we just give it my all today and if it’s a podium spot that would be nice, and if it’s not, I still had a great year.  I think this really made a difference because honesty I never thought I would win it today.

“I had no times at all. I never want to know any times, so I had no idea how I was riding. I never want to know; I want to focus completely on myself.  I paced my effort really well I think. On the second lap I thought at the beginning I was a bit slower, but I think for everyone it was difficult.

“I could keep my pace until the end and could really fight to the line. It was nice to see Reusser a little bit ahead of me at the end, so I knew that I was not on a bad day for sure.  But honestly I was so surprised when I crossed the finish.

“Every title has its own story. The first one I was the top favorite and I was super nervous and so happy that I could pull it off. Last year was super emotional because I was chasing that one for eight years. And this one I can’t quite process it yet so you’ll have to ask me a bit later!”

Complete results:

34.2 kilometers raced at an average speed of 46.137 km/hr

1 Ellen van Dijk Netherlands 44min 28.6sec
2 Grace Brown Australia @ 13sec
3 Marlen Reusser Switzerland 0:42
4 Vittoria Guazzini Italy 0:52
5 Leah Thomas USA 1:19
6 Kristen Faulkner USA 1:26
7 Annemiek Van Vleuten Netherlands 1:43
8 Georgia Baker Australia 1:47
9 Lotte Kopecky Belgium 1:50
10 Anna Kiesenhofer Austria 1:57
11 Juliette Labous France 2:06
12 Mieke Kröger Germany 2:29
13 Shirin Van Anrooij Netherlands 2:41
14 Emma Bjerg Denmark 2:48
15 Juliette Leth Denmark 2:54
16 Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio South Africa 3:00
17 Leah Kirchmann Canada 3:04
18 Ricarda Bauernfeind Germany 3:10
19 Olga Zabelinskaya Uzbekistan 3:32
20 Marie Le Net France 3:35
21 Marta Jaskulska Poland 3:41
22 Julie Van De Velde Belgium s.t.
23 Arianna Fidanza Italy 3:42
24 Omer Shapira Israel 4:01
25 Agnieszka Skalniak-Sojka Poland 4:17
26 Elena Hartmann Switzerland 5:01
27 Alison Jackson Canada 5:02
28 Urska Zigart Slovenia 5:13
29 Ella Wyllie New Zealand 5:29
30 Lina Marcela Hernandez  Colombia 5:31
31 Sandra Alonso Spain 6:20
32 Lourdes Oyarbide Spain 6:22
33 Elaine Maude Le Roux South Africa 7:22
34 Yee Leung Wing Hong Kong 7:27
35 Nora Jencusova Slovakia 7:43
36 Luciana Roland Argentina 8:32
37 Marina Varenyk Ukraine 9:02
38 Nesrine Houili Algeria 10:15
39 Safia Al Sayegh UAE 13:46
40 Rabia Garib Pakistan 21:37
41 Zainab Rizwan Pakistan 23:02

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