World Championships: Jakob Egholm wins junior men's road race

Jakob Egholm of Denmark won the junior men's rainbow jersey at the UCI Road World Championships in Qatar after a combined late attack with teammate Julius Johansen.

Johansen got away first and then Egholm joined him before surging away alone. Egholm struggled in the final kilometres but managed to stay clear and win alone by seven seconds on the field.

Johansen and late chaser Alexys Brunel (France) were swept up in the final kilometres, with Niklas Markl (Germany) and Reto Muller (Switzerland) leading home the front group to take the silver and bronze medals. Italy's Luca Mozzato finished fourth.

Time trial world champion Brandon McNulty (USA) was in the attack that decided the race, but spent perhaps too much energy chasing and finished 16th. Australia's Harry Sweeney was tenth after an 18-rider attack shaped the race and stayed clear of the peloton containing many of the expected favourites.

Egholm struggled to believe he had won the world title before celebrating with his Danish teammates.

"I can't believe it. It's too crazy. I wasn't expecting this," he said.

"I haven't won a race since the Morbihan Nations Cup in May. I went into the race with the expectation of working for my teammate who's a sprinter. We were convinced it would be a bunch sprint. But when we went in the breakaway I started to sit in the back of the group and take it as easy as I could. With 10km to go I took a turn and then my teammate Julius (Johansen) went for it. Nobody was on my wheel, so I thought maybe I could go after him and we could make it to the finish line. Sadly he didn't have the power left in the legs to follow me all the way, so I figured why not, just go for it. If I couldn't do it, I couldn't do it. I had nothing to lose."

"I didn't think I had the power to do it in my legs, but apparently I have. Maybe it was luck, but I'm world champion now and I can thank my team. I just can't believe it."

"It's so unbelievable, it's so crazy I wouldn't have dreamed it. It's something the best in the world do, but I didn't think I was one of the best. I just signed a contract with the Danish Giant team. I'm really looking forward to the U23 next year. It gives me some opportunities I wouldn't have had before. But first I want to enjoy this win. It will stay with me for the rest of my life."

Crash sparks key attack

185 riders started the 133km race and there were a series of crashes as riders tried to grab bidons twice on each lap and at several pinch points on the twisting Pearl circuit.

The decisive attack was launched by Brunel after 80km and a crash soon after created the confusion that allowed the attack of the race to form.

11 riders were in the initial breakaway, and they were joined by others as nations gathered and realised they needed to have riders in the move. Italy was one of several major nations to have only a single rider in the breakaway, and they to tried to lead the chase. However with three Danish and three Slovenian riders in the 18-rider front group, plus the USA's McNulty, the gap remained close to a minute as the kilometres and 15km laps of the circuit ticked down.

Several riders suffered in the heat, with Ivar Knotten of Norway falling to the ground and shaking, seemingly due to the extreme conditions and his effort to stay in the attack of the race. It was reported later that he had recovered from dehydration and exhaustion.

The French and Dutch squads tried to lead the chase but failed to close to the gap on the attackers. Italy's Moreno Marchetti tried to inspire a counter-attack but the move was controlled by the peloton. The front group led by a minute with one final lap left to race as McNulty generously helped control some attacks. They would fight for the rainbow jersey.

After several moves were pulled back, Johansen accelerated away with nine kliometres to go, tucked into an aero position as he used all his energy to distance his rivals. Egholm saw his chance and surged across to his teammate. He then continued on alone when he realised Johansen was tired.

Brunel made a brave chase but was eventually caught by the rest of the attack. Egholm seemed to struggle too after a huge effort to hold a 20 second lead but found some inspiration and energy in the final two kilometre and was able to stay away and savour a solo world championship victory.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jakob Egholm (Denmark)2:58:19
2Niklas Markl (Germany)0:00:07
3Reto Muller (Switzerland)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Luca Mozzato (Italy)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Ziga Horvat (Slovenia)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Ziga Jerman (Slovenia)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Ide Schelling (Netherlands)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Jaka Primozic (Slovenia)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Sedrik Ullebo (Norway)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Harry Sweeny (Australia)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Adrian Bustamante (Colombia)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Jacob Eriksson (Sweden)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Brent Van Moer (Belgium)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Alexys Brunel (France)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Andreas Kron (Denmark)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Brandon Mcnulty (United States Of America)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Nicolas Debeaumarche (France)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Julius Johansen (Denmark)0:00:14
19Marc Hirschi (Switzerland)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Ilya Gorbushin (Kazakhstan)0:01:39
21Michele Gazzoli (Italy)0:01:45
22Nils Eekhoff (Netherlands)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Tomas Contte (Argentina)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Tanguy Turgis (France)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Nicolas Malle (France)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Stefan Bissegger (Switzerland)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Batuhan Ozgur (Turkey)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Adam Karl (Hungary)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Linus Kvist (Sweden)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Thierry Kirouac-Marcassa (Canada)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Bartosz Rudyk (Poland)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Maximilian Hamberger (Germany)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Denis Marian Vulcan (Romania)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Felix Gross (Germany)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Pol Hernandez Vallejo (Spain)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Hakon Aalrust (Norway)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Jason Huertas (Costa Rica)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Adrian Foltan (Slovakia)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Colin Heiderscheid (Luxembourg)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Hamza Mansouri (Algeria)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Alex Jaime Fernandez (Spain)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Eugene Kakizaki (Japan)Row 41 - Cell 2
43James Fouche (New Zealand)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Richard Holec (Czech Republic)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Robert Stannard (New Zealand)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Joab Schneiter (Switzerland)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Luc Wirtgen (Luxembourg)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Lars Van Den Berg (Netherlands)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Matus Stocek (Slovakia)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Gage Hecht (United States Of America)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Abdelraouf Bengayou (Algeria)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Klidi Jaku (Albania)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Kristers Ansons (Latvia)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Joao Almeida (Portugal)Row 54 - Cell 2
56Daniel Viegas (Portugal)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Alexandros Agrotis (Cyprus)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Vadim Pronskiy (Kazakhstan)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Cameron Beard (United States Of America)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Ayumu Watanabe (Japan)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Jonas Rutsch (Germany)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Jo Shigemitsu (Japan)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Dan-Mihai Babaita (Romania)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Lars Andersson (Sweden)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Moreno Marchetti (Italy)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Devin Shortt (South Africa)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Oguzhan Tiryaki (Turkey)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Florian Kierner (Austria)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Joakim Kjemhus (Norway)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Florentin Lecamus (France)Row 69 - Cell 2
71Ruben Apers (Belgium)Row 70 - Cell 2
72Clement Betouigt-Suire (France)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Abderahim Amari (Algeria)Row 72 - Cell 2
74Thai Phan Hoang (Vietnam)Row 73 - Cell 2
75Luis Villalobos (Mexico)Row 74 - Cell 2
76Anton Popov (Russian Federation)Row 75 - Cell 2
77Samuel Oros (Slovakia)Row 76 - Cell 2
78Vladislav Stepanov (Russian Federation)Row 77 - Cell 2
79Raphael Kockelmann (Luxembourg)Row 78 - Cell 2
80Fernando Islas (Mexico)Row 79 - Cell 2
81Davide Baldaccini (Italy)Row 80 - Cell 2
82Filippo Zana (Italy)Row 81 - Cell 2
83Erik Bergstrom (Sweden)0:02:02
84Jakub Otruba (Czech Republic)Row 83 - Cell 2
85Warut Paekrathok (Thailand)Row 84 - Cell 2
86Aynur Galeev (Russian Federation)Row 85 - Cell 2
87Martin Lavric (Slovenia)Row 86 - Cell 2
88Barnabas Peak (Hungary)Row 87 - Cell 2
89Pedro Teixeira (Portugal)0:02:06
90Bastian Flicke (Germany)Row 89 - Cell 2
91Vladyslav Shcherban (Ukraine)0:02:09
92Michel Ries (Luxembourg)Row 91 - Cell 2
93Frederik Madsen (Denmark)0:02:16
94Timofei Sherstnev (Russian Federation)Row 93 - Cell 2
95Sasha Weemaes (Belgium)0:02:31
96Andreas Leknessund (Norway)0:02:35
97Viktor Potocki (Croatia)0:02:42
98Awet Habtom (Eritrea)Row 97 - Cell 2
99Jarno Mobach (Netherlands)0:02:49
100Nikita Sokolov (Kazakhstan)0:03:14
101Clement Davy (France)0:03:22
102Saymon Musie (Eritrea)0:03:37
103Daniil Marukhin (Kazakhstan)0:03:46
104Nadjib Assal (Algeria)0:04:08
105Tomas Person (Slovakia)Row 104 - Cell 2
106Daan Hoole (Netherlands)0:04:22
107Jake Gray (Ireland)0:05:44
108Gerben Thijssen (Belgium)0:06:07
109Dennis Van Der Horst (Netherlands)0:07:01
110Thanakhan Chaiyasombat (Thailand)0:07:45
111Ian Garrison (United States Of America)Row 110 - Cell 2
112Jason Oosthuizen (South Africa)0:09:20
DNFMathias Larsen (Denmark)Row 112 - Cell 2
DNFMikkel Bjerg (Denmark)Row 113 - Cell 2
DNFSzymon Krawczyk (Poland)Row 114 - Cell 2
DNFFelix Gall (Austria)Row 115 - Cell 2
DNFInigo Elosegui Momene (Spain)Row 116 - Cell 2
DNFLothar Verhulst (Belgium)Row 117 - Cell 2
DNFNickolas Zukowsky (Canada)Row 118 - Cell 2
DNFNahuel Omar D Aquila Silva (Argentina)Row 119 - Cell 2
DNFLudvik Holstad (Norway)Row 120 - Cell 2
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DNFNicolas Lujan Molina (Argentina)Row 122 - Cell 2
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