Van der Poel wins junior men's world title

Pedersen and Nika take silver and bronze

Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) added the junior road race world title to his cyclo-cross crown with a devastating attack on the final ascent of Via Salviati. He then powered to the finish alone and even had to time to close his jersey and pull out a Dutch flag and celebrate in style.

Mads Pedersen (Denmark) won the sprint for second place three seconds after van der Poel, while Iltjan Nika claimed the bronze medal for Albania.

Logan Owen (USA) finished in fourth place, for a second consecutive world championship, just ahead of Italy’s Lorenzo Rota. Britain's Scott Davies finished seventh.

Van der Poel is the son of former professional and cyclo-cross world champion Adri van der Poel and he is the grandson of French legend Raymond Poulidor.

"This is special because it's my first international title on the road," van der Poel said.

"My attack was not prepared but I felt it was the moment to go. My dad gives me some advice but then I'm the one who has to race."

Van der Poel rode a smart race and used his bike handling skills and power to devastating effect. He dropped European champion Franck Bonnamour (France) on the steep slopes of Via Salviati and held a lead of 12 seconds at the summit of the climb. Although a group of 22 riders gave chase behind, he was able to hold on to win by three seconds at the finish.

"The race was long at 140km and so I opted to wait till the end. It was a technical descent, so I was able to reach the Frenchman on the descent and then get away," he explained.

Despite his world road race title, van der Poel announced he will focus on cyclo-cross for at least the next four years.

"I enjoy cyclo-cross more than road races so I'm going to focus on that for now but I will do some road races too. I've got a team already," he said.

"Boom and Stybar did cyclo-cross before switching to the road and they’re idols for me, so they prove you don’t have to make the change right now. There's time."

Iltjan Nika secured the first ever world road race championship medal for Albania.

"I didn’t know that. Let’s hope it's just the beginning for Albania," he said.

"You had to race with your head, not just the legs. We're one of the smaller nations and I only had two teammates. I live here in Toscana, race in a team that is from here and I know these roads, it was like racing at home." 

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathieu van Der Poel (Netherlands)3:33:14 
2Mads Pedersen (Denmark)0:00:03 
3Iltjan Nika (Albania)  
4Logan Owen (United States Of America)  
5Lorenzo Rota (Italy)  
6Lucas Eriksson (Sweden)  
7Scott Davies (Great Britain)  
8Artem Nych (Russian Federation)  
9Sergey Shemyakin (Kazakhstan)  
10Benjamin Brkic (Austria)  
11Lorenzo Fortunato (Italy)  
12Gracjan Szelag (Poland)  
13Anatoliy Budyak (Ukraine)  
14Anders Skaarseth (Norway)  
15Daniel Martínez (Colombia)  
16Aliaksandr Riabushenko (Belarus)  
17Victor Langellotti (Monaco)  
18Piotr Konwa (Poland)  
19Robert Power (Australia)  
20Franck Bonnamour (France)  
21Jonas Abrahamsen (Norway)  
22Alessandro Fedeli (Italy)0:00:08 
23Caio Godoy Ormenese (Brazil)  
24Simone Velasco (Italy)0:01:00 
25Christoffer Lisson (Denmark)0:01:09 
26Matic Safaric Kolar (Slovenia)  
27Julian Schulze (Germany)  
28Geoffrey Curran (United States Of America)  
29José Santoyo (Mexico)  
30Evgeny Kobernyak (Russian Federation)  
31Juan Felipe Osorio (Colombia)  
32Sam Oomen (Netherlands)  
33Pietro Andreoletti (Italy)0:02:05 
34Mark Padun (Ukraine)0:02:07 
35Laurens De Plus (Belgium)  
36Daniel Fitter (Australia)0:02:24 
37Kristjan Kumar (Slovenia)0:02:40 
38Piet Allegaert (Belgium)  
39Nikolay Cherkasov (Russian Federation)0:03:34 
41Stef Krul (Netherlands)0:03:57 
42Nathan Van Hooydonck (Belgium)  
43David Rivière (France)  
44Rémy Rochas (France)0:03:59 
45Yonas Tekeste Haile (Eritrea)  
46William Barta (United States Of America)  
47Alex Aranburu (Spain)  
48Kristian Aasvold (Norway)  
49Patrick Müller (Switzerland)  
50Mathias Van Gompel (Belgium)  
51Julien Van Den Brande (Belgium)  
52Yerlan Pernebekov (Kazakhstan)  
53Jhonatan Casillas (Mexico)  
54Gregely Varró (Hungary)  
55Stylianos Farantakis (Greece)0:04:05 
56Seid Lizde (Italy)0:04:07 
57Adrian Auerbacher (Germany)0:04:14 
58Andrej Petrovski (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)0:05:48 
59Marco König (Germany)0:06:11 
60Juraj Bellan (Slovakia)  
61Ryan Cavanagh (Australia)  
62Tom Wirtgen (Luxembourg)  
63Amanuel Mengis Ghebreindrias (Eritrea)0:06:17 
64Elie Gesbert (France)0:06:31 
65Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spain)0:06:36 
66Yevgeniy Gidich (Kazakhstan)  
67Zeke Mostov (United States Of America)  
68Pontus Kastemyr (Sweden)0:06:38 
69Davy Gunst (Netherlands)0:07:00 
70Gustav Höög (Sweden)  
71Abderrahmane Bechlagheme (Algeria)  
72Marius Sylta (Norway)  
73Jonas Gregaard (Denmark)  
74Mykyta Zubenko (Ukraine)  
75Áquila Roux (Brazil)0:07:54 
76Gaspar Gonçalves (Portugal)0:09:04 
77Thomas Terrettaz (Switzerland)0:09:10 
78David Ribeiro (Portugal)0:09:45 
79Lennard Kämna (Germany)  
80Michael Svendgaard (Denmark)0:10:17 
81Aleksandr Komin (Russian Federation)  
82Petter Theodorsen (Norway)  
83Magnus Klaris (Denmark)  
84Martin Schäppi (Switzerland)  
85Michal Paluta (Poland)  
86Andrejs Podans (Latvia)  
87Pita Cristian David (Ecuador)  
88Stepan Kurianov (Russian Federation)  
89Matias Arriagada (Chile)  
90Stepan Kochurov (Russian Federation)  
91Gordian Banzer (Liechtenstein)  
92Vladislav Galyanov (Uzbekistan)  
93Ekke-Kaur Vosman (Estonia)  
94Dzmitry Zhyhunou (Belarus)  
95David Per (Slovenia)  
96Onur Balkan (Turkey)  
97Mario Stock (Austria)  
98Eduardo Estrada (Colombia)  
99Yam Poliak (Israel)  
100Ryan Felgate (South Africa)  
101Juan Camacho Del Fresno (Spain)  
102Jaap De Jong (Netherlands)  
103Hampus Anderberg (Sweden)0:10:50 
104William Elliott (Canada)0:11:01 
105Dmitriy Rive (Kazakhstan)0:11:33 
106Saya Kuroeda (Japan)0:12:25 
107Linas Rumšas (Lithuania)  
108Uladzimir Gorohovik (Belarus)0:12:28 
109Larry Valvasori (Luxembourg)  
110Abderrahmane Mansouri (Algeria)0:12:31 
111Rémi Aubert (France)0:12:35 
112Aurélien Paret-Peintre (France)  
113Michal Schlegel (Czech Republic)  
114Lukas Schlemmer (Austria)0:13:14 
115Florian Schipflinger (Austria)  
116Matthew Gibson (Great Britain)0:13:17 
117James Knox (Great Britain)0:13:22 
118Tao Geoghegan Hart (Great Britain)  
119Mateusz Kazimierczak (Poland)0:13:27 
120Eric Süßemilch (Germany)  
121Atsushi Oka (Japan)0:14:46 
122Vasili Strokov (Belarus)0:14:51 
123János Pelikán (Hungary)0:14:55 
124Brent Luyckx (Belgium)0:15:02 
125Ayden Toovey (Australia)  
126Mathias Rask Jeppesen (Denmark)  
127Ben Ganon (Israel)0:15:05 
128Luc Turchi (Luxembourg)0:17:30 
129Edward Dunbar (Ireland)0:17:44 
DNFVladimir Cludin (Republic of Moldova)  
DNFOmer Goldstein (Israel)  
DNFKarlis Jirgensons (Latvia)  
DNFElgun Alizada (Azerbaijan)  
DNFDániel Móricz (Hungary)  
DNFSean Mackinnon (Canada)  
DNFAdam Jamieson (Canada)  
DNFAdhanom Zemekael (Eritrea)  
DNFBalázs Rózsa (Hungary)  
DNFMaksim Nidodirov (Belarus)  
DNFVlad Dobre (Romania)  
DNFPetr Fiala (Czech Republic)  
DNFTomas Harag (Slovakia)  
DNFJairo Lopez (Mexico)  
DNFKwong Lau (Hong Kong, China)  
DNFChris Jooste (South Africa)  
DNFLucas Motta (Brazil)  
DNFMartin Duben (Slovakia)  
DNFAdrian Dumitru Zamfir (Romania)  
DNFRaivis Sarkans (Latvia)  
DNFLuka Kotur SRB  
DNFHusnudin Hakimov (Uzbekistan)  
DNFLucian Buga (Romania)  
DNFGrigoriy Shtein (Kazakhstan)  
DNFAxel Journiaux (France)  
DNFAbdelghani Fellah (Algeria)  
DNFFederico Olei (San Marino)  
DNFCésar Martingil (Portugal)  
DNFFacundo Crisafulli (Argentina)  
DNFAlexander Wachter (Austria)  
DNFDomen Novak (Slovenia)  
DNFRidion Kopshti (Albania)  
DNFMark Downey (Ireland)  
DNFMarco-Tapio Niemi (Finland)  
DNFMiguel Bryon (United States Of America)  
DNFJustin Oien (United States Of America)  
DNFDylan Foley (Ireland)  
DNFKota Yokoyama (Japan)  
DNFCristofer Jurado (Panama)  
DNFIvan Venter (South Africa)  
DNFHendrik Pineda (Canada)  
DNFFélix Lapointe (Canada)  
DNFAndrei Covalciuc (Republic of Moldova)  
DNFSvetikas Gintaras (Lithuania)  
DNFAndrea Maccagli (San Marino)  
DNFMartynas Stasikelis (Lithuania)  
DNFPatryk Krzywda (Poland)  
DNFSapar Serdarov (Turkmenistan)  
DNFSergey Medvedev (Uzbekistan)  
DNFAndrei Grigoriev (Republic of Moldova)  
DNFGerman Nicolas Tivani Perez (Argentina)  
DNFFethi Acar (Turkey)  
DNFEnes Talha Ay (Turkey)  
DNFNako Georgiev (Bulgaria)  
DNFCristian Cornejo (Chile)  
DNFZoheir Benyoub (Algeria)  
DNFHichem Amari (Algeria)  
DNFKristoffer Halvorsen (Norway)  
DNFMartijn Budding (Netherlands)  
DNFNijat Niftaliyev (Azerbaijan)  
DNFEno Rrucaj (Albania)  
DNFZahar Slugin (Turkmenistan)  
DNFCarlo Noia (San Marino)  
DNFZiga Rucigaj (Slovenia)  
DNFSantiago Quiroga (Argentina)  
DNFFilip Cengic (Croatia)  

 

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