In today’s Daily News Digest: Bjerg beats McNulty to win under 23 world TT title; Pirrone wins junior world championship time trial; Wiasak and Cavanagh take Amy’s Otway Tour success; Giro d’Italia confirms 2018 start in Israel; Van Vleuten extends contract with Orica-Scott; Van Baarle joins Team Sky; Contador’s Polartec-Kometa Continental team names first eight riders; Elinor Barker Returns to Wiggle High 5; Obree to sell medals, Beastie bike and other memorabilia at auction this week; Rooderkerken grabs the Human Powered Speed Title and Dutch record in Battle Mountain, Slappendel places second; Video: Hotter’n Hell Hundred 2017 Mini-Doc; Video: Cycling around the world in 80 days – BBC News; Video: Worst Retirement Ever Short – Pepperdine Hill KOM, with data
Bjerg and Pirrone take world TT titles, Israel start confirmed for Giro: Daily News Digest
Having taken second behind Brandon McNulty in last year’s junior world championship time trial, Mikkel Bjerg of Denmark got his revenge in Monday’s under 23 worlds TT when he beat the American. McNulty set the provisional fastest time but Bjerg quickly bettered that, going a minute and five seconds faster over the 37.2 kilometre course.
The duo then had a wait for final confirmation of their gold and silver, with each of the subsequent riders being slower. These included the American Neilson Powless, who looked good for a medal but ran into problems when his chain jammed. Looking down to see what the problem was, he ran into the feet of a roadside barrier and slammed to the ground. He got going again but had to be satisfied with ninth.
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“For sure it’s the biggest result of my career,” 18-year-old Bjerg said afterwards. “I knew the course was really tough, and I lost some weight before the big day and tried to pace it as well as possible on the climbs. I could see from the power meter that I would probably make the top five and maybe medal if I was lucky, but then I could see from other riders’ splits that I’d actually done a really good effort.”
France’s Corentin Ermenault dug deep towards the end of the test and pipped Luxembourg’s Tom Wirtgen for bronze, two seconds back. Callum Scotson (Australia) was fifth, less than five seconds off a medal.
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