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
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 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)