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Per Strand Hagenes wins junior men's road race title at Flanders World Championships

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Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) celebrates winning the junior men's road race world title

Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) celebrates winning the junior men's road race world title (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Per Strand Hagenes (Norway)

Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) celebrates victory

Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) celebrates victory (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The junior men's road race podium (l-r) Romain Gregoire (France), Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) and Madis Mihkels (Estonia)

The junior men's road race podium (l-r) Romain Gregoire (France), Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) and Madis Mihkels (Estonia) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) reaches the finish

Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) reaches the finish (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Per Strand Hagenes (Norway)

Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) finished alone

Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) finished alone (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) shows off his medal and rainbow jersey

Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) shows off his medal and rainbow jersey (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The Junior men's road race passes through Leuven

The Junior men's road race passes through Leuven (Image credit: Bettini Photo )
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The riders pass through the centre of Leuven

The riders pass through the centre of Leuven (Image credit: Bettini Photo )
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The junior men on a short climb in Leuven

The junior men on a short climb in Leuven (Image credit: Bettini Photo )
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Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) celebrates his world title win

Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) celebrates his world title win (Image credit: Bettini Photo )
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All hail Per Strand Hagenes (Norway)

All hail Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) (Image credit: Bettini Photo )
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The sprint for third place was intense

The sprint for third place was intense (Image credit: Bettini Photo )
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Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) takes centre stage on the podium

Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) takes centre stage on the podium (Image credit: Bettini Photo )
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Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) tastes gold

Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) tastes gold (Image credit: Bettini Photo )

Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) soloed to victory in the junior men’s road race at the World Championships in Leuven after he unleashed a vicious attack on the penultimate climb of Wijnpers.

The Norwegian came home 19 seconds clear of European champion Romain Gregoire (France), while Madis Mihkels (Estonia) won the sprint for third 5 seconds further back.

Hagenes showed his strength by bridging across to a dangerous six-man move at the beginning of the final lap and then helping to temper the aggression of Finlay Pickering (Great Britain).

Hagenes hit the front of the leading group at the base of the climb of Wijnpers with 5.6km to go and his long acceleration eventually proved too much for Gregoire, though a crash at the base of the climb effectively ended the challenge of the impressive Simon Dalby (Denmark).

Hagenes, who will ride for Jumbo-Visma’s development squad in 2022, edged out his lead over lone chasers Gregoire and Dario Belletta (Italy) thereafter to claim a resounding victory. 

While Belletta was caught by the chasing group on the approach to the finish, Gregoire held on to add a World Championship silver medal to his European gold, but the day belonged to the man he had beaten to that title two weeks ago, Per Strand Hagenes.

“I knew it was possible when I looked at the course yesterday because I know on those short, punchy climbs, I’m quite good and I’ve done well in races this year on courses like that,” said Hagenes. 

“I knew it was possible but to make it happen is incredible. I lay on my bed last night before sleeping and I got a high pulse just thinking about taking the win today.”

The 121.8km race was a breathless affair, and the tension was evident from the very outset, when Cian Uijtdebroeks (Belgium) was among the early fallers. 

Uijtdebroeks, who will ride for Bora-Hansgrohe next year, spent the rest of his race engaged in a spirited but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to chase back up to the front. He showcased his strength in front of the home crowds, but the rainbow jersey was already beyond his grasp.

A race of attack and counter-attack began to take a slightly more discernible shape with three laps to go as the high speed began to exact a toll and whittle the peloton down in size still further. 

A notable move featuring Joshua Tarling (Great Britain), Luis-Joe Luehrs (Germany) and Milan Kadlec (Czech Republic) gained some traction but they were reeled in at the beginning of the penultimate lap.

Daniel Schrag (Germany) and Dario Belletta (Italy) were the next to forge clear, and they were later joined by Finlay Pickering (Great Britain), Eddy Le Huitouze, Pierre Gautherat (France) and, at the bell, Simon Dalby (Denmark).

The margins were still tight, however, and Hagenes soon thundered into the race from behind, launching a searing effort to bridge across to the leaders in the company of Gregoire.

Pickering had made a brace of attempts to forge clear before Hagenes arrived but eight riders – three of them from the French squad – hit the base of the short and sharp climb up Wijnpers with 6km to go. Hagenes led into the corner at the foot of the climb and then powered his way clear.

“I had to gap up to the breakaway so in the hill before, I had to punch quite hard. There were three French guys in the breakaway so it was really difficult but I knew on the last hill, I was going to take that corner first and just go full gas,” Hagenes said. 

“The French guy [Gregoire] was on my wheel but when I looked back I saw I had metres, so then I just put my head down and pushed as hard as I could to the finish line.”

With Dalby and several others held by a crash on the climb, a number of willing chasers were ruled out of the running, but in truth, Hagenes’ strength brooked no argument and he crested the summit with what looked like a winning advantage.

Hagenes made light work, too, of the final ascent up Sint-Antoniusberg, where his lead over Gregoire stretched out beyond 20 seconds, while a flagging Bellotta was caught by the chasers behind.

On the false flat towards the finish, Hagenes had time to celebrate his victory, the first by a Norwegian in the junior men’s road race.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Per Strand Hagenes (Norway) 2:43:48
2Romain Gregoire (France) 0:00:19
3Madis Mihkels (Estonia) 0:00:24
4Martin Svrcek (Slovakia)
5Alexander Hajek (Austria)
6Antonio Morgado (Portugal)
7Manuel Oioli (Italy)
8Vlad van Mechelen (Belgium)
9Max Poole (Great Britain)
10Luis-Joe Luehrs (Germany)
11Romet Pajur (Estonia)
12Mike Bronswijk (Netherlands)
13Jente Michels (Belgium)
14Arno Wallenborn (Luxembourg)
15Colby Simmons (United States Of America)
16Moritz Kaersten (Germany)
17Joost Brinkman (Netherlands)
18Matyas Kopecky (Czech Republic)
19Andrey Remkhe (Kazakhstan)
20Ivan Romeo Abad (Spain)
21Frank Aron Ragilo (Estonia)
22Goncalo Tavares (Portugal)
23Rindert Buiter (Netherlands)
24Darren Rafferty (Ireland)
25Jack Brough (Great Britain)
26Jan Christen (Switzerland)
27Cole Kessler (United States Of America)
28Jelle Harteel (Belgium)
29Artem Shmidt (United States Of America)
30Daniel Schrag (Germany)
31Carl-Frederik Bevort (Denmark) 0:00:36
32Finlay Pickering (Great Britain) 0:00:56
33Dario Igor Belletta (Italy) 0:01:02
34Nils Aebersold (Switzerland) 0:01:19
35Milan Kadlec (Czech Republic)
36Simon Dalby (Denmark) 0:01:57
37Alec Segaert (Belgium) 0:02:05
38Ola Sylling (Norway) 0:02:25
39Pierre Gautherat (France) 0:02:47
40Melvyn Lethier (France)
41Eddy le Huitouze (France)
42Adam Seeman (Czech Republic) 0:05:10
43Cedric Abt (Germany) 0:05:12
44Gustav Wang (Denmark) 0:06:33
45Stian Edvardsen-Fredheim (Norway)
46Leo Kraemer (France)
47Alberto Bruttomesso (Italy)
48Joshua Tarling (Great Britain)
49Maxim Taraskin (Kazakhstan) 0:08:26
50Mitchel Fitzsimons (New Zealand)
51Mihajlo Stolic (Serbia)
52Aaron Aus (Estonia)
53Lewis Bower (New Zealand)
54Dejan Cogoljevic (Serbia)
55Mathieu Kockelmann (Luxembourg)
56Victor Paula (Brazil)
57Alexey Vaganov (Kazakhstan)
58Lauri Tamm (Estonia)
59Iker Bonillo Martin (Spain)
60Savelii Laptev (Russian Federation)
61Michael Leonard (Canada)
62Zoltan Antal Lepold (Hungary)
63Robin Donze (Switzerland)
64Jaka Spoljar (Slovenia)
65Fabijan Kralj (Slovenia)
66Ronan o Connor (Ireland)
67Gabriel Grozev (Bulgaria)
68Samandar Sultanov (Uzbekistan)
69Alexandre Kess (Luxembourg)
70Cian Uijtdebroeks (Belgium)
71Yegor Strelnikov (Kazakhstan) 0:08:40
72Moritz Hoerandtner (Austria) 0:08:47
73Kacper Gieryk (Poland) 0:08:59
74Leevi Kervinen (Finland) 0:09:09
75Trym Brennsaeter (Norway) 0:10:30
76Sebastian Kirkedam Larsen (Norway)
77Ayoub Ferkous (Algeria)
78Liam Flannery (Bermuda) 0:11:05
79Isaac del Toro Romero (Mexico) 0:15:39
80Tomas Sivok (Slovakia)
81Abdelkrim Ferkous (Algeria)
82Samuel Niyonkuru (Rwanda) 0:16:22
83Dmytro Polupan (Ukraine) 0:17:30
84Karlis Klismets (Latvia) 0:17:40
85Gvido Kokle (Latvia) 0:18:14
86Vitalii Kost (Ukraine) 0:18:24
87Kiya Rogora (Ethiopia)
88Maksym Varenyk (Ukraine)
89Brayan Molano Alvarado (Colombia) 0:19:51
90Lucas Janssen (Netherlands) 0:21:43
DNFEmil Herzog (Germany)
DNFDean Harvey (Ireland)
DNFJonathan Guatibonza Becerra (Colombia)
DNFMichal Zelazowski (Poland)
DNFEl Yass Sekkiny (Morocco)
DNFCesar Macias Estrada (Mexico)
DNFPablo Bonilla (Uruguay)
DNFMatias Sanchez Jimenez (Mexico)
DNFAlexander Pita Bolanos (Ecuador)
DNFIgor Nadoveza (Serbia)
DNFDavid Larsson (Sweden)
DNFAlexander Gustin (United States Of America)
DNFLeomar Briceno (Venezuela)
DNFVladislav Troman (Uzbekistan)
DNFStefan Dragoiu (Romania)
DNFMichal Pomorski (Poland)
DNFYoussef Lamzaouk (Morocco)
DNFEric Pedersen (Sweden)
DNFAlexander Miller (Bermuda)
DNFOussama Abdellah Mimouni (Algeria)
DNFKristof Arvai (Hungary)
DNFZeteny Szijarto (Hungary)
DNFWarren Moolman (South Africa)
DNFMatiss Kalverss (Latvia)
DNFNikita Sitov (Azerbaijan)
DNFLeo Kerschbaumer (Austria)
DNFAljaz Turk (Slovenia)
DNFDylan Bibic (Canada)
DNFDaniil Zarakovskiy (Russian Federation)
DNFMark Kryuchkov (Russian Federation)
DNFQuentin Cowan (Canada)
DNFRon Donio (Israel)
DNFMohammed Najib Sanbouli (Morocco)
DNFIliass Hasnany (Morocco)
DNFSamuel Kovac (Slovakia)
DNFHenrik Pedersen (Denmark)
DNFYanis-Eric Markwalder (Switzerland)
DNFLucas Lopes (Portugal)
DNFJason Eggett (South Africa)
DNFDiogo Pinto (Portugal)
DNFStepan Telecky (Czech Republic)
DNFAbdulkhamid Tuychiev (Uzbekistan)
DNFDerex Segarra Alvarado (Puerto Rico)
DNFAxel Kaellberg (Finland)
DNFTomas-Casimir Niemi (Finland)
DNFOscar Garzon Alfonso (Colombia)
DNFHubert Grygowski (Poland)
DNFPau Marti Soriano (Spain)
DNFHaimar Etxeberria Ansalas (Spain)
DNFMatisse Julien (Canada)
DNFPedri Crause (South Africa)
DNFSamuele Bonetto (Italy)
DNFSergey Gorelikov (Uzbekistan)
DNFCristopher Miranda (Panama)
DNFKarlis Valters Grundulis (Latvia)
DNFHugo Lennartsson (Sweden)
DNFEtienne Tuyizere (Rwanda)
DNFIgnacio Emanuel Campo Dominguez (Argentina)
DNFConal Scully (Ireland)
DNFJack Carswell (New Zealand)
DNFFabian Tapia Munoz (Chile)
DNFAndre Cruz Falcon (Mexico)
DNFChanton Perrins (South Africa)
DNFConstantinos Ioannou (Cyprus)
DNFMohamed Redwane Brinis (Algeria)
DNFNicolas Gojkovic (Croatia)
DNFPoul Andersen (Denmark)
DNFMihnea-Alexandru Harasim (Romania)
DNFRoy Shyman (Israel)
DNFAmit Keynan (Israel)
DNFSamuel Tuka (Slovakia)
DNFYan Luis Arrieta Diaz (Cuba)
DNFMiguel Iturrieta Wilson (Chile)
DNFLeonel Eduardo Manani (Argentina)
DNFBrayan Vargas Hernandez (Colombia)
DNFBence Meszaros (Hungary)
DNFMil Morang (Luxembourg)
DNFMarco Schrettl (Austria)
DNFMark Percic (Serbia)
DNFVid Jeromel (Slovenia)
DNFGrigorii Skorniakov (Russian Federation)
DNSJomantas Venckus (Lithuania)
DNSEdgaras Zekas (Lithuania)
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