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
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”
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)
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)