World Championships: Kristoffer Halvorsen wins U23 men's road race

Kristoffer Halvorsen of Norway won the widely expected high-speed bunch sprint to take the under-23 men's world title in Qatar.

The Norwegian and German teams lead out the sprint on the final lap of the twisting Pearl circuit and Halvorsen finished off their work perfectly. He beat Pascal Ackermann (Germany) and Jakub Mareczko (Italy) after staying on the wheels along the barriers in the final kilometre. He kicked past Ackermann and held off Mareczko, who opted to change trajectory and try to win the sprint from behind.

Jonathan Dibben (Great Britain) finished ninth and Colin Joyce (USA) was 16th in the hectic sprint that saw Belgium's Enzo Wouters crash into the barriers.

Greg Daniel of the USA was part of the nine-rider break of the race that was swept up with 10km to go as the sprinters dominated the results.

"It was a very hard sprint but the team did an amazing job and I got the wheel of the German rider, so it was perfect. They were so, so good today, this was a team win," Halvorsen said after hugging and celebrating with his Norwegian teammates.

"I'm just so, so happy. The course was perfect for me, it was flat with a lot of corners, it was a big goal for me this year. It's incredible. My dream now is to win the elite world title, too."

A criterium race

The 166km race included 10 circuits on the Pearl and so was more like a criterium with constant changes of line, sweeping curves, roundabouts and tight corners.

The race started steady but a crash left Italian rider Filippo Ganna on the ground. He would later retire and leave Mareczko without a final teammate for the sprint.

At the first passage through the finish, Pascal Eenkhoorn (Netherlands), Nuno Bico (Portugal) and Amanuel Gebrezgabihier (Eritrea) had a 45 second lead as the break of the day formed gradually. Five riders chased after them, including Daniel to create a nine-rider attack after 100km. Also in the move were Patrick Muller (Switzerland), Bryan Gomez (Colombia), Eenkhoorn, Gebrezgabihier, Bico, Michael O'Loughlin (Ireland), Mahdi Rajabikaboodcheshmeh (Iran), and Jean Cauade Uwizeye (Rwanda).

The peloton let the nine open a three-minute gap but kept them under control with the Norwegian riders doing much of the riding on the front. Russia, Germany, Great Britain, Kazakhstan and Spain also helped with setting the pace on the smooth roads.

Riders grabbed bottles in the two feed zones, often spraying themselves with cold water as well as drinking as much liquids as possible to stay hydrated in the heat.

With 50km to go the peloton began to bring down the gap and Norway and Britain dedicating riders to the task. Gebrezgabihier and then Gomez were dropped from the break as Daniel and the other strong riders tried their hardest to stay away. However, the gap fell to below a minute with 20km to go and was finally swept up with 10km to go.

Two late crashes split the peloton but Norway and Germany lead the bunch to the finish as their nations and their sprinters fought for the best wheels. Ackermann seemed best placed but Halvorsen produced a clever sprint going up between the German and the barriers. He had the kick to accelerate on the slightly rising finish to hit the line first and take the world title.

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kristoffer Halvorsen (Norway)3:40:53
2Pascal Ackermann (Germany)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Jakub Mareczko (Italy)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Phil Bauhaus (Germany)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Amund Grondahl Jansen (Norway)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Jason Lowndes (Australia)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spain)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Aksel Nommela (Estonia)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Jonathan Dibben (Great Britain)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Alan Banaszek (Poland)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Mads Pedersen (Denmark)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui (Colombia)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Erik Baska (Slovakia)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Fabio Jakobsen (Netherlands)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Cees Bol (Netherlands)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Colin Joyce (United States Of America)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Sebastian Molano (Colombia)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Dusan Rajovic (Serbia)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Hugo Hofstetter (France)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eritrea)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Cesar Martingil (Portugal)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Lukas Spengler (Switzerland)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Mohammad Ganjkhanlou (Islamic Republic Of Iran)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Marco Mathis (Germany)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Yevgeniy Gidich (Kazakhstan)Row 24 - Cell 2
26El Mehdi Chokri (Morocco)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Ivo Emanuel Oliveira (Portugal)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Hayden McCormick (New Zealand)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Riccardo Minali (Italy)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Daniel Auer (Austria)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Gasper Katrasnik (Slovenia)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Bram Welten (Netherlands)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Grigoriy Shtein (Kazakhstan)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Christopher Latham (Great Britain)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Nassim Saidi (Algeria)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Justin Oien (United States Of America)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Samir Jabrayilov (Azerbaijan)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Krists Neilands (Latvia)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Jan-Willem Van Schip (Netherlands)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Alexey Voloshin (Kazakhstan)Row 40 - Cell 2
42David Drouin (Canada)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Alexandr Riabushenko (Belarus)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Gonzalo Serrano Rodriguez (Spain)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Tao Geoghegan Hart (Great Britain)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Sebastian Schonberger (Austria)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Lukas Schlemmer (Austria)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Miles Scotson (Australia)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Eddie Dunbar (Ireland)0:00:08
50Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Szymon Rekita (Poland)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Pavel Sivakov (Russian Federation)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Daniel Martinez (Colombia)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Neilson Powless (United States Of America)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Patrick Gamper (Austria)0:00:11
56Lubos Malovec (Slovakia)Row 55 - Cell 2
57Daire Feeley (Ireland)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Andrej Petrovski (Fyr Of Macedonia)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Benjamin Perry (Canada)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Alexandr Kulikovskii (Russian Federation)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Denmark)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Kevin Geniets (Luxembourg)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Sergey Luchshenko (Kazakhstan)Row 62 - Cell 2
64Anders Skaarseth (Norway)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Silver Maoma (Estonia)0:00:15
66Uladzimir Harakhavik (Belarus)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Sam Dobbs (New Zealand)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Abderrahmane Mansouri (Algeria)0:00:20
69Jon Irisarri (Spain)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Piet Allegaert (Belgium)0:00:27
71Sergei Rostovtsev (Russian Federation)Row 70 - Cell 2
72Ole Forfang (Norway)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Cristofer Jurado (Panama)Row 72 - Cell 2
74Fridtjof Roeinaas (Norway)Row 73 - Cell 2
75Kasper Asgreen (Denmark)Row 74 - Cell 2
76Simone Consonni (Italy)Row 75 - Cell 2
77Karl Patrick Lauk (Estonia)Row 76 - Cell 2
78Remi Cavagna (France)Row 77 - Cell 2
79Gabriel Cullaigh (Great Britain)Row 78 - Cell 2
80Tom Bohli (Switzerland)Row 79 - Cell 2
81Benoit Cosnefroy (France)Row 80 - Cell 2
82Vincenzo Albanese (Italy)0:00:33
83Abderrahim Zahiri (Morocco)0:00:42
84Jean Claude Uwizeye (Rwanda)Row 83 - Cell 2
85Stefan De Bod (South Africa)Row 84 - Cell 2
86Lennard Kamna (Germany)0:00:49
87Emil Nygaard Vinjebo (Denmark)Row 86 - Cell 2
88Hichem Mokhtari (Algeria)0:01:11
89Nans Peters (France)Row 88 - Cell 2
90Yonatan Hailu (Eritrea)Row 89 - Cell 2
91Josip Rumac (Croatia)Row 90 - Cell 2
92Oskar Nisu (Estonia)0:01:29
93Stepan Kurianov (Russian Federation)Row 92 - Cell 2
94Ismail Iliasov (Azerbaijan)Row 93 - Cell 2
95Mohcine Elkouraji (Morocco)Row 94 - Cell 2
96Juraj Lajcha (Slovakia)0:01:55
97Hiu Fung Choy (Hong Kong, China)Row 96 - Cell 2
98Joseph Areruya (Rwanda)Row 97 - Cell 2
99Victor Langellotti (Monaco)0:02:02
100Davide Ballerini (Italy)0:02:15
101David Per (Slovenia)Row 100 - Cell 2
102Yacine Hamza (Algeria)0:02:30
103Patrick Jager (Austria)0:02:32
104Martin Schappi (Switzerland)0:02:52
105Matthew Teggart (Ireland)0:02:58
106Michael O'Loughlin (Ireland)Row 105 - Cell 2
107Guillaume Seye (Belgium)0:03:01
108Enzo Wouters (Belgium)Row 107 - Cell 2
109Stylianos Farantakis (Greece)0:03:22
110Maxim Piskunov (Russian Federation)Row 109 - Cell 2
111Jeremy Lecroq (France)0:03:38
112James Shaw (Great Britain)Row 111 - Cell 2
113Valens Ndayisenga (Rwanda)0:03:45
114Christophe Noppe (Belgium)0:03:54
115German Nicolas Tivani Perez (Argentina)0:04:29
116Geoffrey Curran (United States Of America)0:05:01
117Corentin Ermenault (France)Row 116 - Cell 2
118Izidor Penko (Slovenia)0:05:07
119Jon Bozic (Slovenia)Row 118 - Cell 2
120Stefan Stefanovic (Serbia)Row 119 - Cell 2
121Michael Storer (Australia)Row 120 - Cell 2
122Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Poland)0:05:13
123Michal Schlegel (Czech Republic)Row 122 - Cell 2
124Samuel Maldonado (Uruguay)0:05:59
125Nicholas Schultz (Australia)0:06:25
126Gregory Daniel (United States Of America)Row 125 - Cell 2
127Stepan Astafyev (Kazakhstan)Row 126 - Cell 2
128Daniel Lopez Parada (Spain)0:07:21
129Mario Spengler (Switzerland)0:07:32
130Patrick Muller (Switzerland)Row 129 - Cell 2
131Nathan Van Hooydonck (Belgium)Row 130 - Cell 2
132Pascal Eenkhoorn (Netherlands)Row 131 - Cell 2
133Nuno Bico (Portugal)Row 132 - Cell 2
134Wan Yau Lau (Hong Kong, China)Row 133 - Cell 2
135Sean Mackinnon (Canada)Row 134 - Cell 2
136Aviv Yechzkel (Israel)Row 135 - Cell 2
137Jaime Castrillo Zapater (Spain)0:08:05
138Dusan Kalaba (Serbia)Row 137 - Cell 2
139David Jabuka (Croatia)0:08:39
140Tom Wirtgen (Luxembourg)0:10:11
141Pit Leyder (Luxembourg)Row 140 - Cell 2
142Eriks Toms Gavars (Latvia)0:10:29
143Dzmitry Zhyhunou (Belarus)Row 142 - Cell 2
144Jai Hindley (Australia)0:13:23
145Michael Kukrle (Czech Republic)0:15:16
146Dilmurodjon Siddikov (Uzbekistan)0:15:36
147Ka Hoo Fung (Hong Kong, China)Row 146 - Cell 2
148Meron Arham Brhane (Eritrea)Row 147 - Cell 2
149Getachow Yohannes Atsbha (Ethiopia)Row 148 - Cell 2
DNFMahdi Rajabikaboodcheshmeh (Islamic Republic Of Iran)Row 149 - Cell 2
DNFMateo Frankovic (Croatia)Row 150 - Cell 2
DNFMartin Otonicar (Slovenia)Row 151 - Cell 2
DNFHenrik Evensen (Norway)Row 152 - Cell 2
DNFBryan Gomez (Colombia)Row 153 - Cell 2
DNFLucas Hamilton (Australia)Row 154 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Masbourian (Canada)Row 155 - Cell 2
DNFRoman Lehky (Czech Republic)Row 156 - Cell 2
DNFAlexander Cowan (Canada)Row 157 - Cell 2
DNFTimur Maleev (Ukraine)Row 158 - Cell 2
DNFOmer Goldshtein (Israel)Row 159 - Cell 2
DNFMaral-Erdene Batmunkh (Mongolia)Row 160 - Cell 2
DNFAmanuel Gebrezgabihier (Eritrea)Row 161 - Cell 2
DNFJenthe Biermans (Belgium)Row 162 - Cell 2
DNFFilippo Ganna (Italy)Row 163 - Cell 2
DNFHo San Chiu (Hong Kong, China)Row 164 - Cell 2
DNFBilguunjargal Erdenebat (Mongolia)Row 165 - Cell 2
DNFEnver Asanov (Azerbaijan)Row 166 - Cell 2
DNFEnkhtaivan Bolor-Erdene (Mongolia)Row 167 - Cell 2
DNFIslam Shawky (Egypt)Row 168 - Cell 2
DNFAbdulhadi Alajmi (Kuwait)Row 169 - Cell 2
DNFAlexei Shnyrko (Belarus)Row 170 - Cell 2
DNFJose Alexis Rodriguez (Costa Rica)Row 171 - Cell 2
DNFDaniel Jara (Costa Rica)Row 172 - Cell 2
DNFAkramjon Sunnatov (Uzbekistan)Row 173 - Cell 2
DNFZemenfes Solmon (Eritrea)Row 174 - Cell 2
DNFAli Nouisri (Tunisia)Row 175 - Cell 2
DNFGabriel Marin (Costa Rica)Row 176 - Cell 2
DNFGuy Sagiv (Israel)Row 177 - Cell 2
DNFAli Moslim (Kuwait)Row 178 - Cell 2
DNFVasili Strokau (Belarus)Row 179 - Cell 2
DNFElias Abou Rachid (Lebanon)Row 180 - Cell 2
DNFPavol Kvietok (Slovakia)Row 181 - Cell 2
DNFRinat Udod (Ukraine)Row 182 - Cell 2
DNFNazar Lahodych (Ukraine)Row 183 - Cell 2
DNFKanan Gahramanli (Azerbaijan)Row 184 - Cell 2
DNFKhaled Alkhalaifah (Kuwait)Row 185 - Cell 2
DNSScott Davies (Great Britain)Row 186 - Cell 2
DNSJan Marcus Faaglum Karlsson (Sweden)Row 187 - Cell 2

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