Photo gallery: the women’s world championship events in Doha

by Anne-Marije Rook


The 2016 UCI road season came to close with a spectacle in the Middle East last weekend where Qatar hosted the 2016 UCI World Road Championships.

Despite the delayed timing of the event, the brutal heat, the spectator-less roads and flat course, the riders were there to give it their all in the battle for the most coveted jersey in cycling: the rainbow stripes.

Boels-Dolmans derails Canyon-SRAM’s team time trial winning streak

The women’s team time trial was the opener of the 2016 world road championships, with the first team rolling down the start ramp at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9.

In the blistering heat, eight women’s teams took on the 40-kilometre course where the most exciting battle took place between four-time world team time trial champions Canyon-SRAM and this year’s top favourite, Boels-Dolmans.

Your 2016 world team time trial championships podium:
1. Boels-Dolmans 48:41.62
2. Canyon-SRAM +48.24
3. Cervélo-Bigla +1’56.47

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Lisa Brennauer
Canyon-SRAM’s Lisa Brennauer warms up ahead of the team time trial.

Rabo-Liv riders warm up while trying to stay cool ahead of the team time trial.
Rabo-Liv riders warm up while trying to stay cool ahead of the team time trial.

Boels-Dolmans on their way to winning the women's team time trial.
Boels-Dolmans on their way to winning the women’s team time trial.

Anouska koster TTT
Rabo-Liv’s Anouska Koster crashed after suffering a heat stroke in the women’s team time trial.

Road World Championships 2016 TTT women

The heat was no joke in Qatar.
The heat is no joke in Qatar.

Your 2016 UCI Women's Team Time Trial World Champions.: Boles-Dolmans.
Your 2016 UCI Women’s Team Time Trial World Champions.: Boles-Dolmans.

American Amber Neben fastest woman in the world

Eight years after winning her first world time trial title in Varese, Italy, Neben proved once again to be the fastest woman in the world.

The 2016 world individual time trial championships podium.
1. Amber Neben (United States) 36’37”
2. Ellen van Dijk (The Netherlands) + 5’99”
3. Katrin Garfoot (Australia) +8’32”

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Australian Katrin Garfoot used a frozen Camelback to stay cool.

Amber Neben Doha 2016
Amber Neben on her way to setting the fastest time of the day.

Nothing but wide open road and brutal sun during the women's time trial.
Nothing but wide open road and brutal sun during the women’s time trial.

Ellen van Dijk Doha 2016
Ellen van Dijk gave it her all but she would be just six seconds short.

Amber Neben Doha 2016
Neben takes a moment to recover before making her way to the hot seat.

Hot and exhausted, a Belgian rider falls to the ground after the individual time trial
Hot and exhausted, a Belgian rider falls to the ground after the individual time trial

USA rider Carmen Small tries to cool herself down after the individual time trial.
USA rider Carmen Small tries to cool herself down after the individual time trial.

Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten congratulates Orica-AIS teammate Katrin Garfoot (Australia) on her bronze medal ride in the women's individual time trial.
Dutchwoman Annemiek van Vleuten congratulates Orica-AIS teammate Katrin Garfoot (Australia) on her bronze medal ride in the women’s individual time trial.

Women's TT podium Doha 2016
The women’s individual time trial podium: Van Dijk (Netherlands), Neben (USA), Garfoot (Australia)

Amber Neben listens to the start of her national anthem after winning the individual time trial.
Amber Neben listens to the start of her national anthem after winning the individual time trial.

Italy has a promising future: Elisa Balsamo wins women’s junior race

Italy bested their American rivals in the Junior women’s race with solid team work and a strong finish that saw Elisa Balsamo cross the finish line with clean wheels ahead of USA’s Skylar Schneider and Norway’s Susanne Andersen.

The 2016 junior women’s road race world championships podium.
1. Elisa Balsamo (Italy)
2. Skylar Schneider (USA/IsoCorp)
3. Susanne Andersen (Norway/Hitec Products)

Doping control checks for mechanical doping ahead of the junior women's road race.
Doping control checks for mechanical doping ahead of the junior women’s road race.

Medal presenters.
Medal presenters.

Elisa Balsamo (ITA) crosses the finish ahead of Skylar Schneider (USA) and Susanne Andersen in  the junior women's road race.
Elisa Balsamo (ITA) crosses the finish ahead of Skylar Schneider (USA) and Susanne Andersen in the junior women’s road race.

The junior women's road race podium: 2. Skylar Schneider (USA) 1. Elisa Balsamo (ITA) 3. Susanne Andersen (NOR)
The junior women’s road race podium: 2. Skylar Schneider (USA) 1. Elisa Balsamo (ITA) 3. Susanne Andersen (NOR)

The Italian juniors belt out their national anthem after their teammate Elisa Balsamo is awarded the rainbow jersey.
The Italian juniors belt out their national anthem after their teammate Elisa Balsamo is awarded the rainbow jersey.

The Italian juniors were thrilled with their victory.
The Italian juniors were thrilled with their victory.

20-year-old Amalie Dideriksen surprises Dutch train

The orange train of the eight-rider Dutch squad stormed down the finish of the World Championship course in Doha, Qatar, a win for pre-race favourite Kirsten Wild (Hitec) seemed almost inevitable. But tucked on her wheel was youngster Amalie Dideriksen of Denmark. The 20-year-old Boels-Dolmans rider timed her sprint just right, coming around Wild in the final meters to edge out the win with a bike throw.

The 2016 women’s road race world championships podium.
1. Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark/Boels-Dolmans)
2. Kirsten Wild (The Netherlands/Hitec Products)
3. Lotta Lepistö (Finland/Cervelo-Bigla)
4. Lizzie Deignan (Great Britain/Boels-Dolmans)
5. Marta Bastianelli (Italy/Alé–Cipollini)

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The South African team poses with the world championships mascot.
The South African tean poses with the world championships mascot.

Three-time road world champion Marianne Vos signs in while wearing a cooling vest.
Three-time road world champion Marianne Vos signs in while wearing a cooling vest.

The Belgian team poses for a picture at the start of the women's road race. They had high expectations for sprinter Jolien d'Hoore in the middle.
The Belgian team poses for a picture at the start of the women’s road race. They had high expectations for sprinter Jolien d’Hoore in the middle.

Dutch sprinter and absolute race favourite Kirsten Wild ahead of the women's road race.
Dutch sprinter and absolute race favourite Kirsten Wild ahead of the women’s road race.

Some of the live race footage came from GoPro cameras aboard riders' bikes.
Some of the live race footage came from GoPro cameras aboard riders’ bikes.

The peloton heads toward the man-made island of Pearl Qatar
The peloton heads toward the man-made island of Pearl Qatar

Daho 2016 WE

Eri Yonamine.

An act of kindness: a Kuwait rider checks on her teammate after a crash.
An act of kindness: a Kuwait rider checks on her teammate after a crash.

Days after having been crowned the new TT champion, Amber Neben takes off on a solo flyer. She wasn't caught until the start of the final lap.
Days after having been crowned the new TT champion, Amber Neben takes off on a solo flyer. She wasn’t caught until the start of the final lap.

The sprint for the finish.
The sprint for the finish.

An utterly disappointment Kirsten Wild after getting beat on the line by Amalie Dideriksen.
An utterly disappointment Kirsten Wild after getting beat on the line by Amalie Dideriksen.

Australia's Tiffany Cromwell seeks comfort from the esky  after the women's road race
Australia’s Tiffany Cromwell seeks comfort from the esky after the women’s road race

A Belgian rider cools down after the women's road race. They did not get the result they had come here for.
A Belgian rider cools down after the women’s road race. They did not get the result they had come here for.

A tired and disappointed Jolien d'Hoore at the finish. She finished 10th.
A tired and disappointed Jolien d’Hoore at the finish. She finished 10th.

Defending champion Lizzie Deignan was in good spirits after the race. She finished fourth.
Defending champion Lizzie Deignan was in good spirits after the race. She finished fourth.

UCI Vice President, Tracey Gaudry, awards Dideriksen her gold medal in the women's road race.
UCI Vice President, Tracey Gaudry, awards Dideriksen her gold medal in the women’s road race.

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Amalie Dideriksen's  (Boels-Dolmans) Danish teammates Julie Leth (Team Hitec) and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (BMS Birn) proudly singing along with the Danish anthem at the 2016 world road championships in Qatar.
Amalie Dideriksen’s (Boels-Dolmans) Danish teammates Julie Leth (Team Hitec) and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (BMS Birn) proudly singing along with the Danish anthem at the 2016 world road championships in Qatar.

Podium. Doha. Women.
All smiles on the podium

Lotta Lepisto
Finland’s Lotta Lepisto is jubilant on the podium. She earned the bronze medal.

Amalie Diderisken. Doha 2016
Meet your new world champion: Amalie Dideriksen

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