The last minute, re-arranged World Cycling Championships were very good considering all of the stress and alterations to the venue in the run up.
Naturally it was a shame not to see U23 competitions and the team time trial (especially seeing as how controversial it was when it came in). But the events we did get to see where entertaining and with deserving winners.
|1||VAN DER BREGGEN Anna||Netherlands||350||100||47.157||40:20|
|3||VAN DIJK Ellen||Netherlands||200||40||46.561||0:31|
|6||NEBEN Amber||United States||100||20||45.648||1:20|
|7||NORSGAARD Emma Cecilie||Denmark||85||15||45.612||1:22|
|9||STEPHENS Lauren||United States||60||9||45.232||1:43|
Anna Van Der Breggen was a narrow winner of the Womens TT with Marlen Reusser at only 15 seconds and Ellen Van Dyke only a second away from a 30 second blanket being able to be thrown over the podium.
|1||VAN DER BREGGEN Anna||Netherlands||600||200||4:09:57|
|2||VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek||Netherlands||475||170||1:20|
|3||LONGO BORGHINI Elisa||Italy||400||140||,,|
|6||DEIGNAN Elizabeth||Great Britain||225||110||,,|
|8||LUDWIG Cecilie Uttrup||Denmark||150||90||2:41|
The road race was less close with Van Der Breggen doing the double. Special mention must go to her team mate and rival Annamiek Van Vleuten who came home for a silver medal despite recently suffering a fracture of her wrist.
As with the womens events, the mens were dominated by the big names of the sport with Fillipo Ganna winning the time trial ahead of Wout Van Aert (who bagged a pair of silver medals) and Stefan Kung who had left the Tour de France early to prepare for this event.
The weather was unpredictable with howling wind and cloud closing in and pulling out all through the event. At one point a cloud burst looked inevitable and this would have given an advantage to the early starters. But it didn’t materialise.
It was interesting to see that despite a pretty bland circuit and shortened distance the riders made the event and that was exactly what the championships needed to be successful.
|2||VAN AERT Wout||Belgium||250||190||52.349||0:26|
|4||THOMAS Geraint||Great Britain||150||110||52.086||0:37|
|9||DOWSETT Alex||Great Britain||60||60||51.405||1:06|
The final event of the weekend was the mens road race which I settled down to watch with a beer after 80km of hard, windy riding of my own Sunday morning.
The breakaway were kept at a suitable arms length going into the latter stages of the race before Tadej Pogacar rocketed out of the front of the pack with a lap and a half to go.
He managed to get a good distance before fading, but it was a clear plan to soften the race up for his team mate Primoz Roglic.
Whether Roglic didn’t feel too great I don’t know. But he didn’t seem capable of getting out of the wheels when the likes of Tom Dumoulin and Greg Van Avermaet went off up the road.
The attack that did stick came from Julian Alaphillippe who went clear on the penultimate climb before following the Pogacar blueprint from previous laps and digging in on the plateau and rolling section of road.
He then made good on the decent into the Formula 1 circuit before stretching his narrow lead in the final kilometer as the chasers started to disfunction and settle for the lower places.
|2||VAN AERT Wout||Belgium||475||260||0:24|
Van Aert came home second as previously mentioned with man of the month Marc Hirschi finishing off the podium places.
We now have a really short break before the Eneco Tour this week, Ardennes Classics on Wednesday and Sunday and the Giro starting Saturday.
Bring it on!