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

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.

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

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark)3:10:27
2Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Lotta Lepistö (Finland)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Elizabeth Deignan (Great Britain)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Marta Bastianelli (Italy)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Roxane Fournier (France)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Chloe Hosking (Australia)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spain)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Joelle Numainville (Canada)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Jolien D'hoore (Belgium)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Emilie Moberg (Norway)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Lisa Brennauer (Germany)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Katarzyna Pawlowska (Poland)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Leah Kirchmann (Canada)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Christine Majerus (Luxembourg)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Coryn Rivera (United States Of America)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Sara Mustonen (Sweden)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Mia Radotic (Croatia)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Rasa Leleivyte (Lithuania)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Barbara Guarischi (Italy)0:00:04
21Miho Yoshikawa (Japan)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Marianne Vos (Netherlands)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Alison Jackson (Canada)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Jelena Eric (Serbia)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Barbora Prudkova (Czech Republic)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (South Africa)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Megan Guarnier (United States Of America)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Christina Perchtold (Austria)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Carmen Small (United States Of America)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Alexis Ryan (United States Of America)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Eugenia Bujak (Poland)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Amy Pieters (Netherlands)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Polona Batagelj (Slovenia)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Alena Amialiusik (Belarus)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Poland)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Italy)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Aude Biannic (France)0:00:12
38Nicolle Bruderer (Guatemala)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Katrine Aalerud (Norway)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Olena Pavlukhina (Azerbaijan)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Samantha Sanders (South Africa)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Diana Peñuela (Colombia)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Ganna Solovei (Ukraine)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Yusseli Mendivil (Mexico)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Ursa Pintar (Slovenia)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Alice Barnes (Great Britain)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Julie Leth (Denmark)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Tiffany Cromwell (Australia)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Emma Johansson (Sweden)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Chantal Blaak (Netherlands)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Katrin Garfoot (Australia)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Stephanie Pohl (Germany)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Annemiek Van Vleuten (Netherlands)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Natalya Saifutdinova (Kazakhstan)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Sara Penton (Sweden)0:00:18
56Dani King (Great Britain)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Eileen Roe (Great Britain)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Heidi Dalton (South Africa)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Norway)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Ting Ying Huang (Chinese Taipei)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Emilia Fahlin (Sweden)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Denmark)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Sarah Rijkes (Austria)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Yumi Kajihara (Japan)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spain)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Kaat Van Der Meulen (Belgium)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Chantal Hoffmann (Luxembourg)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Valerie Demey (Belgium)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Lauren Kitchen (Australia)0:00:22
70Romy Kasper (Germany)Row 69 - Cell 2
71Karol-Ann Canuel (Canada)Row 70 - Cell 2
72Mieke Kroeger (Germany)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Trixi Worrack (Germany)0:00:27
74Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)Row 73 - Cell 2
75Lotte Kopecky (Belgium)0:00:30
76Hannah Barnes (Great Britain)0:00:39
77Olga Shekel (Ukraine)Row 76 - Cell 2
78Rosa Törmänen (Finland)Row 77 - Cell 2
79Abby-Mae Parkinson (Great Britain)Row 78 - Cell 2
80Lisa Klein (Germany)Row 79 - Cell 2
81Elise Maes (Luxembourg)Row 80 - Cell 2
82Annasley Park (Great Britain)Row 81 - Cell 2
83Lauren Stephens (United States Of America)Row 82 - Cell 2
84Anna Plichta (Poland)Row 83 - Cell 2
85Ellen Van Dijk (Netherlands)Row 84 - Cell 2
86Eri Yonamine (Japan)Row 85 - Cell 2
87Anna Van Der Breggen (Netherlands)0:01:00
88Audrey Cordon (France)Row 87 - Cell 2
89Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy)Row 88 - Cell 2
90Elena Cecchini (Italy)Row 89 - Cell 2
91Sara Bergen (Canada)Row 90 - Cell 2
92Gracie Elvin (Australia)Row 91 - Cell 2
93Roxane Knetemann (Netherlands)0:01:43
94Sofie De Vuyst (Belgium)Row 93 - Cell 2
95Anisha Vekemans (Belgium)0:02:30
96Wehazit Kidane (Eritrea)0:03:42
97Zhao Juan Meng (Hong Kong, China)Row 96 - Cell 2
98Amber Neben (United States Of America)0:06:46
99Sarah Roy (Australia)Row 98 - Cell 2
100Eugénie Duval (France)Row 99 - Cell 2
101Nicole Hanselmann (Switzerland)0:10:31
102Alba Teruel Ribes (Spain)Row 101 - Cell 2
103Paz Bash (Israel)0:11:48
DNFAnnie Foreman-Mackey (Canada)Row 103 - Cell 2
DNFLoren Rowney (Australia)Row 104 - Cell 2
DNFRotem Gafinovitz (Israel)Row 105 - Cell 2
DNFAlexandra Nessmar (Sweden)Row 106 - Cell 2
DNFVarvara Fasoi (Greece)Row 107 - Cell 2
DNFAllie Dragoo (United States Of America)Row 108 - Cell 2
DNFMarta Lach (Poland)Row 109 - Cell 2
DNFLaura Vainionpää (Finland)Row 110 - Cell 2
DNFAlexandra Chekina (Russian Federation)Row 111 - Cell 2
DNFHong Guo (People's Republic of China)Row 112 - Cell 2
DNFJaruwan Somrat (Thailand)Row 113 - Cell 2
DNFAnriette Schoeman (South Africa)Row 114 - Cell 2
DNFThi That Nguyen (Vietnam)Row 115 - Cell 2
DNFCoralie Demay (France)Row 116 - Cell 2
DNFLaura Massey (Great Britain)Row 117 - Cell 2
DNFValeriya Kononenko (Ukraine)Row 118 - Cell 2
DNFNikola Noskova (Czech Republic)Row 119 - Cell 2
DNFAnastasiia Iakovenko (Russian Federation)Row 120 - Cell 2
DNFSvetlana Vasilieva (Russian Federation)Row 121 - Cell 2
DNFPascale Jeuland (France)Row 122 - Cell 2
DNFMargarita Syrodoeva (Russian Federation)Row 123 - Cell 2
DNFAntonia Grondahl (Finland)Row 124 - Cell 2
DNFMakhabbat Umutzhanova (Kazakhstan)Row 125 - Cell 2
DNFWogahta Gebrehiwet (Eritrea)Row 126 - Cell 2
DNFEbtissam Zayed Ahmed Mohamed (Egypt)Row 127 - Cell 2
DNFMossana Debesai (Eritrea)Row 128 - Cell 2
DNFSofia Arreola (Mexico)Row 129 - Cell 2
DNFSilvija Latozaite (Lithuania)Row 130 - Cell 2
DNFKelly Kalm (Estonia)Row 131 - Cell 2
DNFAlicja Ratajczak (Poland)Row 132 - Cell 2
DNFEden Bekele (Ethiopia)Row 133 - Cell 2
DNFCarla Oberholzer (South Africa)Row 134 - Cell 2
DNFTsega Beyene (Ethiopia)Row 135 - Cell 2
DNFNajla Aljuraiwi (Kuweit)Row 136 - Cell 2
DNFZanele Tshoko (South Africa)Row 137 - Cell 2
DNFJiajun Sun (People's Republic of China)Row 138 - Cell 2
DNFNoura Alameeri (Kuweit)Row 139 - Cell 2
DNFNada Aljuraiwi (Kuweit)Row 140 - Cell 2
DSQOlga Zabelinskaya (Russian Federation)Row 141 - Cell 2
DNSGiorgia Bronzini (Italy)Row 142 - Cell 2
DNSQianyu Yang (Hong Kong, China)Row 143 - Cell 2
DNSBeatha Ingabire (Rwanda)Row 144 - Cell 2
DNSEyeru Tesfoam (Ethiopia)Row 145 - Cell 2


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