And so the Road World Championships are over for another year. It’s been a tremendous week of racing in Richmond, Virginia, USA with many memorable moments across disciplines, genders and age groups.
Velocio-SRAM’s fourth-straight team time trial victory opened competition a week ago, followed shortly after by BMC’s second consecutive Worlds victory. In the individual time trials Leo Appelt (Germany) and Chloe Dygert (USA) each announced their arrival on the world stage, winning the men’s and women’s junior ITT respectively. Dygert’s win was particularly impressive, taking more than a minute out of her nearest rival over 15km and setting herself up for the most impressive World Championships of any individual.
Mads Würtz was crowned U23 men’s ITT champion while Linda Villumsen managed a long-awaited but narrow Worlds ITT victory, nearly losing her trade team contract in the process by riding a non-sponsor-approved bike. In the elite men’s individual time trial the big favourites faltered as Vasil Kiryienka (Belarus) lead in an unlikely podium.
In the first of the road races it was Chloe Dygert who again took gold, attacking from a breakaway in the junior women’s race and again winning by more than a minute. Felix Gall (Austria) took a narrow victory in the junior men’s category while in the U23 ranks, Kevin Ledanois (France) made his move on the short cobbled ascent of Libby Hill and held on for victory … just.
But, as ever, it will be the final two races of the meet that will be most fondly remembered. Great Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead, after two consecutive victories in the UCI Women World Cup, took the next step in an already impressive career, sprinting to victory in a thrilling elite women’s road race.
And yesterday, on the final day of competition, Peter Sagan’s stunning solo victory proved a fitting conclusion to a tremendous week of racing in Richmond. For the man who’s developed a reputation for always finishing second, the win was confirmation of the strength and talent of the Slovakian showman.
We hope you enjoy the following images from the 2015 Road World Championships, courtesy of Casey B. Gibson and Kristof Ramon.