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by Neal Rogers

October 14, 2016

NEWS BROUGHT TO YOU BY CANNONDALE

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Norway’s Kristoffer Halvorsen sprints to U23 world road championship in Qatar; Video: U23 rider faces impossible task of riding through caravan chaos after crash at Doha world championship; Inventor of hidden motors accuses UCI of blocking motor tests at 2016 Tour de France; Video: UCI bike check at the 2016 road world championships; UCI Management Committee agrees to key changes to track cycling regulations; Abu Dhabi Tour organisers insist that Wiggins’ withdrawal from race is unexpected; Live from Paris, on October 18: Route presentation of the 2017 Tour de France; David Tanner set to make a full recovery after training crash

Norway’s Kristoffer Halvorsen sprints to U23 world road championship in Qatar

by Neal Rogers

Finishing off a strong performance by the Norwegian U23 men’s team, Kristoffer Halvorsen sprinted to gold in the men’s U23 road race at the UCI road world championships in Doha, Qatar, beating German Pascal Ackermann and Italian Jakub Mareczko at the line in a bunch sprint. The 20-year-old Norwegian follows in the footsteps of compatriots Kurt Asle Arvesen and Sven Erik Bystrøm, who captured the U23 rainbow jerseys in 1997 and 2014. Norway has now collected three U23 men’s titles, to equal France in second place in the all-time ranking. Italy still leads, with four gold medals.

The U23 men raced ten laps of Doha’s “The Pearl,” an artificial island spanning nearly four million square metres, completing the 165.7 km course in 3:40:53. “My teammates were so good, they’ve been working so hard, I’m incredibly happy,” Halvorsen said. “The course was perfect for me and this was my biggest goal for this season.”

Ackermann was also piloted well by his German teammates, and looked to be set for a world championship title entering the final straight, only to be pipped on the line by Halvorsen. “The race was tough and fast,”Ackermann said. “The final sprint was a little too long for me. But I’m happy with how I did.”

The Italian team was nowhere to be seen in most parts of the exciting race, but Mareczko managed to place himself well for the final sprint and rolled to bronze. “In the final kilometre my teammate suffered a fall,” he said. “I could sprint well only in the last 150 metres, bit it was too late. I’m still happy with the bronze.”

1. no
HALVORSEN Kristoffer
Team Joker - Byggtorget
03:40:53
2. de
ACKERMANN Pascal
Rad-Net Rose Team
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3. it
MARECZKO Jakub
Wilier - Southeast
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4. de
BAUHAUS Phil
Bora-Argon 18
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5. no
JANSEN Amund Grondahl
Team Joker - Byggtorget
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6. au
LOWNDES Jason
Drapac Professional Cycling
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7. es
GARCIA CORTINA Ivan
Klein Constantia
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8. ee
NöMMELA Aksel
Leopard Pro Cycling
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9. gb
DIBBEN Jonathan
Team Wiggins
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10. pl
BANASZEK Alan
CCC Sprandi Polkowice
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Today’s feature image comes from the U23 men’s road race at the 2016 UCI road world championships in Doha, Qatar. Photo: UCI Doha 2016/P.Ballet.

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