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Wang wins junior men's time trial title at Flanders World Championships

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2021 UCI World Championships - Flanders - Men Junior Time Trial - Knokke Heist - Bruges 23,3 km - 21/09/2021 - Gustav Wang (Denmark) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Gustav Wang (Denmark) focused on top finish (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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BRUGES BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 21 A general view of the at start area ramp prior to the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Men Junior ITT a 223km Individual Time Trial race from KnokkeHeist to Bruges flanders2021 ITT on September 21 2021 in Bruges Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Men Junior ITT is a 22.3km Individual Time Trial race from Knokke-Heist to Bruges (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BRUGES BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 21 Michael Leonard of Canada sprints during the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Men Junior ITT a 223km Individual Time Trial race from KnokkeHeist to Bruges flanders2021 ITT on September 21 2021 in Bruges Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Michael Leonard of Canada on the flat course (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BRUGES BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 21 Eddy Le Huitouze of France sprints during the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Men Junior ITT a 223km Individual Time Trial race from KnokkeHeist to Bruges flanders2021 ITT on September 21 2021 in Bruges Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Eddy Le Huitouze of France on the course (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BRUGES BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 21 Gustav Wang of Denmark sprints in front of a windmill in Damar City during the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Men Junior ITT a 223km Individual Time Trial race from KnokkeHeist to Bruges flanders2021 ITT on September 21 2021 in Bruges Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Gustav Wang of Denmark was in the hot seat for much of the day (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BRUGES BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 21 Alexander Gustin of The United States sprints in front of a windmill in Damar City during the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Men Junior ITT a 223km Individual Time Trial race from KnokkeHeist to Bruges flanders2021 ITT on September 21 2021 in Bruges Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Alexander Gustin of the United States sprints in front of a windmill in Damar City (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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2021 UCI World Championships - Flanders - Men Junior Time Trial - Knokke Heist - Bruges 23,3 km - 21/09/2021 - Clan Uijtdebroeks (Belgium) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Cian Uijtdebroeks (Belgium) on course (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2021 UCI World Championships - Flanders - Men Junior Time Trial - Knokke Heist - Bruges 23,3 km - 21/09/2021 - Joshua Tarling (Great Britain) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Joshua Tarling (Great Britain) on course (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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BRUGES BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 21 Dylan Bibic of Canada at start ramp during the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Men Junior ITT a 223km Individual Time Trial race from KnokkeHeist to Bruges flanders2021 ITT on September 21 2021 in Bruges Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Dylan Bibic of Canada at the start ramp (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BRUGES BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 21 Finlay Pickering of The United Kingdom sprints during the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Men Junior ITT a 223km Individual Time Trial race from KnokkeHeist to Bruges flanders2021 ITT on September 21 2021 in Bruges Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Finlay Pickering of The United Kingdom would crash in the ITT but finish in the top 10 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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2021 UCI World Championships - Flanders - Men Junior Time Trial - Knokke Heist - Bruges 23,3 km - 21/09/2021 - Jan Christen (Switzerland) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Jan Christen (Switzerland) on course (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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BRUGES BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 21 Gold medalist Gustav Wang of Denmark celebrates winning during the medal ceremony after the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Men Junior ITT a 223km Individual Time Trial race from KnokkeHeist to Bruges flanders2021 ITT on September 21 2021 in Bruges Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Gold medalist Gustav Wang of Denmark celebrates winning 22.3km Men's Junior ITT (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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2021 UCI Road World Championships Flanders Men Junior Time Trial - Knokke Heist - Bruges 23,3 km - 21/09/2021 - Joshua Tarling (GBR) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Joshua Tarling (Great Britain) was second rider from 78 total to start ITT and he finished second (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2021 UCI Road World Championships Flanders Men Junior Time Trial - Knokke Heist - Bruges 23,3 km - 21/09/2021 - Alec Segaert (BEL) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Alec Segaert of Belgium was 2021 European Champion in Men's Junior ITT and finished third at Worlds (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2021 UCI Road World Championships Flanders Men Junior Time Trial - Knokke Heist - Bruges 23,3 km - 21/09/2021 - Alec Segaert (BEL) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Alec Segaert of Belgium was the final rider on the course (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2021 UCI Road World Championships Flanders Men Junior Time Trial - Knokke Heist - Bruges 23,3 km - 21/09/2021 - Gustav Wang (DEN) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Gustav Wang of Denmark celebrates the Rainbow World Champion Jersey (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2021 UCI Road World Championships Flanders Men Junior Time Trial - Knokke Heist - Bruges 23,3 km - 21/09/2021 - Joshua Tarling (GBR) - Gustav Wang (DEN) - Alec Segaert (BEL) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Men's Junior ITT podium (L to R): Silver medalist Joshua Tarling of The United Kingdom, gold medalist Gustav Wang of Denmark and bronze medalist Alec Segaert of Belgium (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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2021 UCI Road World Championships Flanders Men Junior Time Trial - Knokke Heist - Bruges 23,3 km - 21/09/2021 - Joshua Tarling (GBR) - Gustav Wang (DEN) - Alec Segaert (BEL) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Junior Men's ITT podium (L to R): Silver medalist Joshua Tarling of The United Kingdom, gold medalist Gustav Wang of Denmark and bronze medalist Alec Segaert of Belgium (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Gustav Wang (Denmark) scorched to victory in the junior men’s time trial at the UCI Road World Championships, beating Joshua Tarling (Great Britain) to the gold medal by 20 seconds on the 22.3km course.

European Champion Alec Segaert (Belgium) had to settle for third place at 29 seconds. The Belgian was the last rider down the start ramp and he edged out Carl-Frederik Bevort (Denmark) by half a second to claim bronze. Eddy le Huitouze (France) took fifth place ahead of Cian Uijtdebroeks (Belgium).

Tarling was the second rider down the start ramp and it was immediately clear that he was in the process of setting a time that would serve as a reference point for the medal candidates who followed, and so it proved.

Wang was also among the early starters, and he came through the intermediate check 14 seconds clear of Tarling before tacking another half a dozen seconds onto his advantage in the final 10km of the pan-flat course.

As Wang settled into the hot seat, it soon became apparent that the later starters would struggle to match his brisk time. Like Tarling, the Dane had not lined out at the recent European Championships, and the riders who had shone in Trento were eclipsed by their performances.

European silver medallist Uijtdebroeks, who will move directly to the WorldTour with Bora-Hansgrohe next year, had to settle for sixth at 41 seconds, just behind the bronze medallist from Trento, Le Huitouze.

Wang’s fellow countryman Bevort also delivered a fine display on the 22.8km course and he sat in the bronze medal position at the intermediate check, just ahead of the stylish Segaert, who was the last man down the start ramp.

As Segaert approached the finish line, the world title was already in the possession of Wang but the Belgian managed to summon up just enough of a surge to pip Bevort to bronze.

Wang’s rainbow jersey was Denmark’s second in as many days after Johan Price-Pejtersen’s victory in the under-23 time trial. He is the second Dane to win the junior men’s time trial after Mads Würtz Schmidt’s victory in Copenhagen a decade ago.

“I think they just know a lot about being aerodynamic,” Wang smiled when asked about his country’s aptitude in the discipline.

“It feels amazing. I dreamt about this since I won nationals the first time in 2019 as a junior. The junior Worlds was cancelled last year, so it feels really good to prove that I’m the best in the world.”

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gustav Wang (Denmark) 0:25:37
2Joshua Tarling (Great Britain) 0:00:20
3Alec Segaert (Belgium) 0:00:29
4Carl-Frederik Bevort (Denmark) 0:00:30
5Eddy le Huitouze (France) 0:00:33
6Cian Uijtdebroeks (Belgium) 0:00:42
7Jan Christen (Switzerland) 0:00:46
8Finlay Pickering (Great Britain) 0:00:53
9Samuele Bonetto (Italy) 0:00:54
10Trym Brennsaeter (Norway) 0:00:59
11Darren Rafferty (Ireland) 0:01:06
12Kacper Gieryk (Poland) 0:01:08
13Ivan Romeo Abad (Spain) 0:01:08
14Alexander Gustin (United States Of America) 0:01:11
15Jonathan Vervenne (Belgium) 0:01:11
16Tibor del Grosso (Netherlands) 0:01:21
17Martin Svrcek (Slovakia) 0:01:25
18Luis-Joe Luehrs (Germany) 0:01:27
19Dylan Bibic (Canada) 0:01:29
20Moritz Kaersten (Germany) 0:01:32
21Artemii Khomiakov (Russian Federation) 0:01:33
22Madis Mihkels (Estonia) 0:01:36
23Jack Carswell (New Zealand) 0:01:36
24Tommaso Bessega (Italy) 0:01:38
25Lewis Bower (New Zealand) 0:01:39
26Andrey Remkhe (Kazakhstan) 0:01:40
27Mathieu Kockelmann (Luxembourg) 0:01:42
28Romet Pajur (Estonia) 0:01:42
29Romain Gregoire (France) 0:01:42
30Maksym Varenyk (Ukraine) 0:01:43
31Cole Kessler (United States Of America) 0:01:44
32Matyas Kopecky (Czech Republic) 0:01:48
33Stepan Telecky (Czech Republic) 0:01:49
34Daniil Zarakovskiy (Russian Federation) 0:01:50
35Joost Brinkman (Netherlands) 0:01:53
36Marco Schrettl (Austria) 0:01:55
37Maxim Taraskin (Kazakhstan) 0:01:57
38Mateusz Gajdulewicz (Poland) 0:01:57
39Michael Leonard (Canada) 0:02:00
40Goncalo Tavares (Portugal) 0:02:02
41Jaka Spoljar (Slovenia) 0:02:05
42Brayan Vargas Hernandez (Colombia) 0:02:11
43Haimar Etxeberria Ansalas (Spain) 0:02:14
44Antonio Morgado (Portugal) 0:02:15
45Johan Ravnoey (Norway) 0:02:17
46Zeteny Szijarto (Hungary) 0:02:18
47Leevi Kervinen (Finland) 0:02:21
48Axel Kaellberg (Finland) 0:02:21
49Dmytro Polupan (Ukraine) 0:02:22
50Gabriel Grozev (Bulgaria) 0:02:24
51Mihajlo Stolic (Serbia) 0:02:24
52Robin Donze (Switzerland) 0:02:27
53Conal Scully (Ireland) 0:02:28
54Jomantas Venckus (Lithuania) 0:02:29
55Liam Flannery (Bermuda) 0:02:33
56Matiss Kalverss (Latvia) 0:02:33
57Bence Meszaros (Hungary) 0:02:33
58Samandar Sultanov (Uzbekistan) 0:02:33
59Isaac del Toro Romero (Mexico) 0:02:41
60Noe Ury (Luxembourg) 0:02:42
61Mihnea-Alexandru Harasim (Romania) 0:02:43
62Matias Sanchez Jimenez (Mexico) 0:02:47
63Constantinos Ioannou (Cyprus) 0:02:51
64Yan Luis Arrieta Diaz (Cuba) 0:03:03
65Brayan Molano Alvarado (Colombia) 0:03:07
66Alexander Miller (Bermuda) 0:03:09
67Nicolas Gojkovic (Croatia) 0:03:13
68Dejan Cogoljevic (Serbia) 0:03:20
69Kiya Rogora (Ethiopia) 0:03:26
70Pablo Bonilla (Uruguay) 0:03:29
71Oussama Abdellah Mimouni (Algeria) 0:03:29
72Cristopher Miranda (Panama) 0:03:29
73Jason Eggett (South Africa) 0:03:40
74Etienne Tuyizere (Rwanda) 0:03:40
75Khaled Mansouri (Algeria) 0:04:16
76Vladislav Troman (Uzbekistan) 0:04:33
77Derex Segarra Alvarado (Puerto Rico) 0:04:43
78Miguel Iturrieta Wilson (Chile) 0:05:10
DNFPedri Crause (South Africa)
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