Ashton Lambie adds Track Worlds individual pursuit gold to his 4km world record

Gold medallist Ashton Lambie of the US wears his rainbow jersey as world champion as he celebrates on the podium after victory in the mens Individual Pursuit final during the UCI Track Cycling World Championships at The JeanStablinski Velodrome in Roubaix northern France on October 22 2021 Photo by Denis Charlet AFP Photo by DENIS CHARLETAFP via Getty Images
Ashton Lambie (USA) celebrates with his gold medal after taking the individual pursuit title (Image credit: Denis Charlet/AFP/Getty Images)

Individual pursuit world record holder Ashton Lambie added a rainbow jersey in the discipline to his palmarès at the UCI Track World Championships in Roubaix on Friday.

The 30-year-old, who became the first man to break the four-minute barrier in the four-kilometre discipline in Mexico in August, topped the timing charts in the qualifying round to head to a final showdown against Italy's Jonathan Milan while Filippo Ganna and Switzerland's Claudio Imhof fought for bronze.

Having gotten the better of Milan by 2.548 seconds in qualifying, Lambie once again came out on top four hours later in the final. The margin of victory was smaller, but a ride of 4:05.060 was enough to bring the Nebraskan the gold medal as he beat Milan by 1:089 seconds.

"I went out with the same schedule," Lambie said of his winning ride after taking the win. "At the end of the day it's a race – the time doesn't matter and you're just racing against second place."

Lambie and Milan were barely separable at the midway mark after the Italian had edged ahead in the early laps. After 3,000 metres, the American was half a second ahead before pulling out his winning advantage over the final kilometres.

"With a [kilometre] and a half to go, I heard I was up by 0.4 [seconds]," Lambie said. "Then it kind of spread out the same way we raced the qualifiers, so it went according to plan. It was awesome."

The result marks a turnaround from last year's Worlds in Berlin, where Lambie faced off against Ganna in the final but was forced to settle for silver after riding a 4:08.048 to miss out by 4.163 seconds.

The rainbow jersey is Lambie's latest achievement in the cycling world. In 2018 and 2019 he set the individual pursuit world record on three occasions in Mexico and Bolivia, later losing it to Ganna before reclaiming it in August.

He has won American and Pan American titles in the discipline, too, while away from the smooth boards of the track he took victory the Unbound Gravel 100 in 2019.

"Speechless again," Lambie wrote in a post to Instagram on Friday. "It's been a long time coming but the magic of pumpkin spice season knows no bounds. It's coming home."

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Daniel Ostanek
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Daniel Ostanek is production editor at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired as staff writer. Prior to joining the team, he had written for most major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly, Rouleur, and CyclingTips.


Daniel has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France and the spring Classics, and has interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Daniel also runs The Leadout newsletter and oversees How to Watch guides throughout the season. His favourite races are Strade Bianche and the Volta a Portugal, and he rides a Colnago C40.