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Schmidt wins U23 time trial title at the World Championships

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Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark)

Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark)
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Steven Lammertink (Netherlands)

Steven Lammertink (Netherlands)
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Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)

Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)
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Daniel Eaton (United States Of America)

Daniel Eaton (United States Of America)
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Daniel Eaton (United States Of America)

Daniel Eaton (United States Of America)
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Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)

Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)
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Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)

Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)
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Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)

Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)
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Atsushi Oka (Japan)

Atsushi Oka (Japan)
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U23 men's individual time trial World Championship podium

U23 men's individual time trial World Championship podium
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Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) in the hot seat

Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) in the hot seat
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Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) with the gold

Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) with the gold
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Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark)

Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark)
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Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark)

Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark)
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Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark)

Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark)
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Nathan Hooydonck (Belgium)

Nathan Hooydonck (Belgium)
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Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)

Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)
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Jhonatan Restrepo (Colombia)

Jhonatan Restrepo (Colombia)
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Tom Wirtgen (Luxembourg)

Tom Wirtgen (Luxembourg)
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Nathan Hooydonck (Belgium) U23 individual time trial

Nathan Hooydonck (Belgium) U23 individual time trial
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Lennard Kamna (Germany)

Lennard Kamna (Germany)
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Marc Fournier (France)

Marc Fournier (France)
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Owain Doull (Great Britain)

Owain Doull (Great Britain)
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Gregory Daniel (United States of America)

Gregory Daniel (United States of America)
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Gregory Daniel (United States of America)

Gregory Daniel (United States of America)
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Miles Scotson (Australia)

Miles Scotson (Australia)
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Jhonatan Restrepo (Colombia)

Jhonatan Restrepo (Colombia)
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Jhonatan Restrepo (Colombia)

Jhonatan Restrepo (Colombia)
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Truls Engen Korsaeth (Norway)

Truls Engen Korsaeth (Norway)
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Thery Schir (Switzerland)

Thery Schir (Switzerland)
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Yuma Koishi (Japan)

Yuma Koishi (Japan)
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Thery Schir (Switzerland)

Thery Schir (Switzerland)
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Nathan Hooydonck (Belgium) U23 individual time trial

Nathan Hooydonck (Belgium) U23 individual time trial
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Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) puts on the rainbow jersey

Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) puts on the rainbow jersey
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Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) victory salute after winning the U23 time trial world title in Richmond

Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) victory salute after winning the U23 time trial world title in Richmond
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Germany's Maximilian Schachmann takes silver and Lennard Kamna bronze

Germany's Maximilian Schachmann takes silver and Lennard Kamna bronze
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Germany teammates take second and third in the men's U23 time trial

Germany teammates take second and third in the men's U23 time trial
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Lennard Kamna (Germany)

Lennard Kamna (Germany)
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Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark)

Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark)
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Lennard Kamna (Germany) secured the bronze medal

Lennard Kamna (Germany) secured the bronze medal
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Maximilian Schachmann (Germany) took the silver medal

Maximilian Schachmann (Germany) took the silver medal
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U23 time trial podium at the World Championships

U23 time trial podium at the World Championships
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Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark)

Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark)
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Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) wins the U23 time trial at the World Championships

Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) wins the U23 time trial at the World Championships
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Nathan Van Hooydonck (Belgium) on course

Nathan Van Hooydonck (Belgium) on course
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U23 men's individual TT podium

U23 men's individual TT podium
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Top three U23 men at 2015 World Championships

Top three U23 men at 2015 World Championships
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Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) took the win for U23 men

Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) took the win for U23 men
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Podium ceremony for U23 men individual time trial

Podium ceremony for U23 men individual time trial
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Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) wins the world title in the U23 time trial

Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) wins the world title in the U23 time trial
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Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) tops the podium in the U23 time trial

Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) tops the podium in the U23 time trial
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Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) smiles with his gold medal at the World Championships

Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark) smiles with his gold medal at the World Championships
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Marlen Zmorka (Ukraine)

Marlen Zmorka (Ukraine)
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Daniel Eaton (United States Of America)

Daniel Eaton (United States Of America)
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Roman Kustadinchev (Russian Federation)

Roman Kustadinchev (Russian Federation)
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Thery Schir (Switzerland)

Thery Schir (Switzerland)
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Owain Doull (Great Britain)

Owain Doull (Great Britain)
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Marc Fournier (France)

Marc Fournier (France)
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James Oram (New Zealand)

James Oram (New Zealand)
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Miles Scotson (Australia)

Miles Scotson (Australia)
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Yuma Koishi (Japan)

Yuma Koishi (Japan)
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Daniel Eaton (United States Of America)

Daniel Eaton (United States Of America)
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Ruben Pols (Belgium)

Ruben Pols (Belgium)
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Tom Wirtgen (Luxembourg)

Tom Wirtgen (Luxembourg)
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Soren Kragh Andersen (Denmark)

Soren Kragh Andersen (Denmark)
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Soren Kragh Andersen (Denmark)

Soren Kragh Andersen (Denmark)
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Miles Scotson (Australia)

Miles Scotson (Australia)
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James Oram (New Zealand)

James Oram (New Zealand)
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Yuma Koishi (Japan)

Yuma Koishi (Japan)
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Marc Fournier (France)

Marc Fournier (France)
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Owain Doull (Great Britain)

Owain Doull (Great Britain)
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Thery Schir (Switzerland)

Thery Schir (Switzerland)
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Truls Engen Korsaeth (Norway)

Truls Engen Korsaeth (Norway)
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Jhonatan Restrepo (Colombia)

Jhonatan Restrepo (Colombia)
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Nathan Hooydonck (Belgium)

Nathan Hooydonck (Belgium)
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Nathan Hooydonck (Belgium)

Nathan Hooydonck (Belgium)
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Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark)

Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark)
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Davide Martinelli (Italy)

Davide Martinelli (Italy)
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Nathan Hooydonck (Belgium)

Nathan Hooydonck (Belgium)
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Nathan Hooydonck (Belgium)

Nathan Hooydonck (Belgium)
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Davide Martinelli (Italy)

Davide Martinelli (Italy)
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Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)

Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)
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Mads Würtz Schmidt (Denmark) continued his impressive run of results this year to claim the U23 time trial title at the UCI Road World Championships. The Dane profited from an early start time, free from the strong wind and light rain that punished the last starters. The same advantage went to silver medallist Maximillian Schachmann (Germany) who started six minutes later.

Favourites Ryan Mullen (Ireland), Steven Lammertink (Netherlands) and Lennard Kamna (Germany) suffered as the final three. Kamna fought valiantly, coming through with the third-best time at the second check and holding on in the ferocious headwind to nab the bronze medal. Mullen was out of the saddle trying to sprint up the final climb, but dropped outside of the top 10 by the finish, while Lammertink fared even worse in 14th.

Kamna nudged Norway's Truls Engen Korsaeth off the podium, and after almost three hours of sitting in the hot seat, Wurtz Schmidt could finally celebrate his world title.

"This means everything. This year I have done a little extra in my training and my preparation, so it’s just … I can’t believe what I’ve achieved," Wurtz Schmidt said.

"I knew the course pretty well. Nothing surprised me. I had all the corners in my head, and I knew how to do it and when to push hard. I had a good plan and I stuck to it and I won in the end.

The race took place in four waves of 11 riders each, followed by a final wave of eight. Canada’s Sean MacKinnon set the best time of the first wave with a mark of 38:47.08, but his lead didn’t last long as the second wave started finishing.

Gregory Daniel (USA), the first rider from the second wave upset MacKinnon’s time, but it was Denmark’s Wurtz Schmidt who crushed the course with a time that was more than a minute faster than any of the previous riders. His performance wasn't a surprise as he had won the time trial at Tour of Denmark and a stage of Tour de l'Avenir.

Australian Miles Scotson went through the second time check just seven seconds down on Schmidt’s time, but a mechanical during his second lap cost him precious time.

By the time Britain's Owain Doull took to the course in the fourth wave, the wind was picking up and gusty. He was fourth at the first check but suffered in the middle and landed in fifth.

Rain started falling and wind picked up for the final handful of riders. American U23 time trial champion Daniel Eaton went through the second check third fastest, but faded to eighth by the time he finished, telling Cyclingnews that the wind became so strong in the final leg that it was almost blowing the 1km to go banner over.

Wurtz Schmidt said he too had a headwind coming back to the finish, and credited his training with being able to hold his speed.

"I’ve done a lot of special training, and in the headwind back from he bridge to was important to do good. I went into my aero position and just went full gas everytime, so that’s how we won."

Now that he's world champion, finding a team has become significantly easier. He hadn't had any firm offers before the race, but said calls are already coming in.

"It’s already started. My manager just called and said congratulations. He said his his phone is red hot."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark)0:37:10
2Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)0:00:13
3Lennard Kamna (Germany)0:00:21
4Truls Engen Korsaeth (Norway)0:00:37
5Owain Doull (Great Britain)
6James Oram (New Zealand)0:00:38
7Miles Scotson (Australia)0:00:41
8Thery Schir (Switzerland)0:00:42
9Marlen Zmorka (Ukraine)0:00:43
10Daniel Eaton (United States of America)0:00:44
11Ryan Mullen (Ireland)0:00:50
12Davide Martinelli (Italy)0:00:58
13Filippo Ganna (Italy)0:01:00
14Steven Lammertink (Netherlands)0:01:04
15Jan Marcus Karlsson (Sweden)0:01:12
16Soren Kragh Ansersen (Denmark)0:01:19
17Nathan Van Hooydonck (Belgium)0:01:27
18Jose Luis Rodriguez (Chile)0:01:28
19Gregory Daniel (United States of America)0:01:31
20Sean MacKinnon (Canada)0:01:37
21Merhawi Kudus Ghbremedhin (Eritrea)0:01:43
22Stepan Astafyev (Kazakhstan)0:01:46
23Marc Fournier (France)
24Krists Neilands (Latvia)0:01:47
25Josef Cerny (Czech Republic)0:01:48
26Tom Wirtgen (Luxembourg)0:01:49
27Ignacio Prado (Mexico)0:01:51
28Nikolay Cherkasov (Russia)0:01:54
29Gregor Muhlberger (Australia)0:01:58
30Ruben Pols (Belgium)0:02:00
31Michal Schlegel (Czech Republic)0:02:07
32Nickolas Dlamini (South Africa)0:02:14
33Alex Cataford (Canada)0:02:18
34Scott Davies (Great Britain)0:02:20
35Jhonatan Ospina (Colombia)0:02:32
36Jhonatan Restrepo (Colombia)
37Morne Van Niekerk (South Africa)0:02:33
38Eddie Dunbar (Ireland)0:02:35
39Roman Kustadinchev (Russia)0:02:40
40Oleg Zemlyakov (Kazakhstan)0:02:56
41Adil Barbari (Algeria)0:02:58
42Anass Ait El Abdia (Morocco)0:03:09
43Kyeongho Min (Korea)0:03:15
44Altan-Ochir Erdenebat (Mongolia)0:04:19
45Xavier San Sebastian (Spain)0:04:25
46Abderrahmane Mansouri (Algeria)0:04:31
47Bonaventure Uwizeyimana (Rwanda)0:04:33
48Valens Ndayisenga (Rwanda)0:04:49
49Atsushi Oka (Japan)0:05:21
50Yuma Koishi (Japan)0:05:30

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