World Championships: Dideriksen wins women's world title in Doha

Danish rider takes rainbow jersey in final sprint

Amalie Dideriksen of Denmark won the elite women's road race at the World Championships in a close sprint, beating favourite Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) to the line. Third place went to Finland's Lotta Lepisto in a predicted sprint finish after nearly 135km of racing in Doha.

The Dutch team controlled the race with a series of attacks, while defending champion Lizzie Deignan and her Great Britain team looked to keep the peloton together before riding aggressively on the final lap. 

It was the Dutch team that dominated the final kilometres, with their entire team leading the peloton into the final five kilometres. Pre-race favourite, Wild, opened the sprint after a lead-out from Marianne Vos but Dideriksen fought hard to be on Wild's rear wheel and came around the Dutch rider inside the final 25 metres. 

Deignan could not match the best pure sprinters and was forced to settle for fourth, while another favourite, Chloe Hosking (Australia), finished in seventh. 

A late attack by American Amber Neben, who won the time trial title, had earlier given hopes of a double rainbow jersey, but it was not to be and, Dideriksen, just 20 years old, claimed the biggest win of her young professional career. She put in a perfect and mature race, and even though she was involved in a crash, she timed her effort and only rode in the wind once. Just when it mattered most. 

"I dreamed of this. But today I had such good teammates, who even brought me back too after a crash. I chose Wild's wheel in the sprint. Winning here is a surprise for me too," she said at the finish.

For Wild there was only heartbreak: "I am actually pretty disappointed. We rode a very good race, we had it under control," the Dutch rider said before admitting she had sprinted too soon.

"I felt that it was early, but I could not wait any longer. Diderksen is a very good rider, who strongly came out of my wheel. We came together. It was my chance, but you cannot reverse it."

How it unfolded

Temperatures of 35° Celsius at the start saw a number of riders take to the road with ice vests. One of the top favourites was missing with Giorgia Bronzini, Italy's two-time world champion (2011 and 2012), ruled out through illness.

The women took on 28 kilometres through Doha before starting on seven laps of The Pearl, for a total of 134.5km.

The first attack came as the flag was dropped, with Olympic rider Eri Yonamine of Japan taking off. She took a lead of over 30 seconds on to the first lap of the circuit course, with Great Britain leading the chase.

The Japanese rider held on to an 18-second gap as she started the second lap as a variety of nations shared the chase work, but it remained a subdued affair. Wild was involved in a crash shortly after the lap started, but a teammate was quickly there to bring her back to the field.

Swiss rider Nicole Hanselmann jumped from the field and joined Yonamine on the next lap, and the duo were able to increase the gap to some 50 seconds.

The Dutch made their first move of the day with Amy Pieters attacking on lap two. She was quickly brought back, but the action served to bring down the gap to the two leaders.

The action then started, with Paz Bash (Israel) giving chase to the two leaders. She too was brought back, but the pace had picked up and the gap dropped. Dutch riders Marianne Vos and Pieters were at the front of the field, forcing the tempo and posing a major threat if they would get away.

With 70km to go, the break was over, and the Dutch riders continued to put the pressure on the rest of the field. Time trial world champion Amber Neben (USA) gave it a try but was not allowed to get away.

Anna van der Breggen was the next to put in a strong dig, as the Dutch used their usual tactics to break up the field and attempt to demonstrate their dominance. But at this point they were still satisfied to let things stay more or less together.

It was a significantly reduced group that finished the fourth lap, with the Dutch pressure having paid off. Unluckily for Australia, Tiffany Cromwell crashed during one of the tempo increases, and the wait for help threw her back.

Neben went again with 43km to go and she used her proven time trial skills to slowly build up a decent gap. The Dutch reacted when it got up to over 40 seconds, unwilling to let the time trial champion simply run away with the race. None other than Marianne Vos led the chase. But the gap did not fall and even increased.

During the lap, Olga Zabelinskaya was removed from the race after being disqualified for an illegal bike change – or more accurately, the jury tried to remove her. The Russian simply kept on going.

With 34km to go, Neben's gap had moved up to nearly 50 seconds, and Belgium joined in on the chase. She took a gap of 36 seconds into the penultimate lap, with 30km to go. From there the gap kept dropping gradually, and the final lap started with the American only six seconds up. She was caught shortly after crossing the line.

Further attacks came as soon as the feed zone was passed, with Danielle King (Great Britain) being the first to go. A small group formed but was then joined by the field again.

Attack followed attack, and the pace skyrocketed, only to calm again, with the orange-clad Dutch riders firmly at the front of things. The field continued on sedately towards the finish line.

Seven Dutch riders led the field into the final four kilometres, keeping the pace high to eliminate the chances of any more escapes. The formation continued on into the final kilometre, with Wild on third wheel.

The Italians, Americans and Canadians made moves, but couldn't break through. It looked as if Wild would waltz to the title, but went early into the wind. At the last second she was caught by Denmark's Amalie Dideriksen. Wild looked on unbelievingly as she crossed the line as second.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark)3:10:27 
2Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)  
3Lotta Lepistö (Finland)  
4Elizabeth Deignan (Great Britain)  
5Marta Bastianelli (Italy)  
6Roxane Fournier (France)  
7Chloe Hosking (Australia)  
8Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spain)  
9Joelle Numainville (Canada)  
10Jolien D'hoore (Belgium)  
11Emilie Moberg (Norway)  
12Lisa Brennauer (Germany)  
13Katarzyna Pawlowska (Poland)  
14Leah Kirchmann (Canada)  
15Christine Majerus (Luxembourg)  
16Coryn Rivera (United States Of America)  
17Sara Mustonen (Sweden)  
18Mia Radotic (Croatia)  
19Rasa Leleivyte (Lithuania)  
20Barbara Guarischi (Italy)0:00:04 
21Miho Yoshikawa (Japan)  
22Marianne Vos (Netherlands)  
23Alison Jackson (Canada)  
24Jelena Eric (Serbia)  
25Barbora Prudkova (Czech Republic)  
26Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (South Africa)  
27Megan Guarnier (United States Of America)  
28Christina Perchtold (Austria)  
29Carmen Small (United States Of America)  
30Alexis Ryan (United States Of America)  
31Eugenia Bujak (Poland)  
32Amy Pieters (Netherlands)  
33Polona Batagelj (Slovenia)  
34Alena Amialiusik (Belarus)  
35Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Poland)  
36Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Italy)  
37Aude Biannic (France)0:00:12 
38Nicolle Bruderer (Guatemala)  
39Katrine Aalerud (Norway)  
40Olena Pavlukhina (Azerbaijan)  
41Samantha Sanders (South Africa)  
42Diana Peñuela (Colombia)  
43Ganna Solovei (Ukraine)  
44Yusseli Mendivil (Mexico)  
45Ursa Pintar (Slovenia)  
46Alice Barnes (Great Britain)  
47Julie Leth (Denmark)  
48Tiffany Cromwell (Australia)  
49Emma Johansson (Sweden)  
50Chantal Blaak (Netherlands)  
51Katrin Garfoot (Australia)  
52Stephanie Pohl (Germany)  
53Annemiek Van Vleuten (Netherlands)  
54Natalya Saifutdinova (Kazakhstan)  
55Sara Penton (Sweden)0:00:18 
56Dani King (Great Britain)  
57Eileen Roe (Great Britain)  
58Heidi Dalton (South Africa)  
59Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Norway)  
60Ting Ying Huang (Chinese Taipei)  
61Emilia Fahlin (Sweden)  
62Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Denmark)  
63Sarah Rijkes (Austria)  
64Yumi Kajihara (Japan)  
65Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spain)  
66Kaat Van Der Meulen (Belgium)  
67Chantal Hoffmann (Luxembourg)  
68Valerie Demey (Belgium)  
69Lauren Kitchen (Australia)0:00:22 
70Romy Kasper (Germany)  
71Karol-Ann Canuel (Canada)  
72Mieke Kroeger (Germany)  
73Trixi Worrack (Germany)0:00:27 
74Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)  
75Lotte Kopecky (Belgium)0:00:30 
76Hannah Barnes (Great Britain)0:00:39 
77Olga Shekel (Ukraine)  
78Rosa Törmänen (Finland)  
79Abby-Mae Parkinson (Great Britain)  
80Lisa Klein (Germany)  
81Elise Maes (Luxembourg)  
82Annasley Park (Great Britain)  
83Lauren Stephens (United States Of America)  
84Anna Plichta (Poland)  
85Ellen Van Dijk (Netherlands)  
86Eri Yonamine (Japan)  
87Anna Van Der Breggen (Netherlands)0:01:00 
88Audrey Cordon (France)  
89Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy)  
90Elena Cecchini (Italy)  
91Sara Bergen (Canada)  
92Gracie Elvin (Australia)  
93Roxane Knetemann (Netherlands)0:01:43 
94Sofie De Vuyst (Belgium)  
95Anisha Vekemans (Belgium)0:02:30 
96Wehazit Kidane (Eritrea)0:03:42 
97Zhao Juan Meng (Hong Kong, China)  
98Amber Neben (United States Of America)0:06:46 
99Sarah Roy (Australia)  
100Eugénie Duval (France)  
101Nicole Hanselmann (Switzerland)0:10:31 
102Alba Teruel Ribes (Spain)  
103Paz Bash (Israel)0:11:48 
DNFAnnie Foreman-Mackey (Canada)  
DNFLoren Rowney (Australia)  
DNFRotem Gafinovitz (Israel)  
DNFAlexandra Nessmar (Sweden)  
DNFVarvara Fasoi (Greece)  
DNFAllie Dragoo (United States Of America)  
DNFMarta Lach (Poland)  
DNFLaura Vainionpää (Finland)  
DNFAlexandra Chekina (Russian Federation)  
DNFHong Guo (People's Republic of China)  
DNFJaruwan Somrat (Thailand)  
DNFAnriette Schoeman (South Africa)  
DNFThi That Nguyen (Vietnam)  
DNFCoralie Demay (France)  
DNFLaura Massey (Great Britain)  
DNFValeriya Kononenko (Ukraine)  
DNFNikola Noskova (Czech Republic)  
DNFAnastasiia Iakovenko (Russian Federation)  
DNFSvetlana Vasilieva (Russian Federation)  
DNFPascale Jeuland (France)  
DNFMargarita Syrodoeva (Russian Federation)  
DNFAntonia Grondahl (Finland)  
DNFMakhabbat Umutzhanova (Kazakhstan)  
DNFWogahta Gebrehiwet (Eritrea)  
DNFEbtissam Zayed Ahmed Mohamed (Egypt)  
DNFMossana Debesai (Eritrea)  
DNFSofia Arreola (Mexico)  
DNFSilvija Latozaite (Lithuania)  
DNFKelly Kalm (Estonia)  
DNFAlicja Ratajczak (Poland)  
DNFEden Bekele (Ethiopia)  
DNFCarla Oberholzer (South Africa)  
DNFTsega Beyene (Ethiopia)  
DNFNajla Aljuraiwi (Kuweit)  
DNFZanele Tshoko (South Africa)  
DNFJiajun Sun (People's Republic of China)  
DNFNoura Alameeri (Kuweit)  
DNFNada Aljuraiwi (Kuweit)  
DSQOlga Zabelinskaya (Russian Federation)  
DNSGiorgia Bronzini (Italy)  
DNSQianyu Yang (Hong Kong, China)  
DNSBeatha Ingabire (Rwanda)  
DNSEyeru Tesfoam (Ethiopia)  


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