Day 11 Round-up
Find out what happened on the final day of the UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow and across Scotland.
Women Elite Road Race
KOPECKY CRUCHES THE COMPETITION
The women’s elite road race had a lot to live up to after the men’s last Sunday, and boy did it deliver. Completing a 154.1KM route from Loch Lomond to the Glasgow city centre course via the climb of Crow Road, the riders entered the six-loop circuit with a 30-strong group chasing down an early break.
As with last week, the chasing pack was whittled down as it made its way through the testing and technical Glasgow course, and there were eventually just seven in contention.
Lotte Kopecky kept her powder dry - closing down attacks before they had a chance to get up a head of steam – until 5KM to go, when she launched a rocket on the eye-watering climb of Scott St.
Her closest competitor Cecilie Ludwig (Denmark) could do nothing, and the Belgian was left to solo to the line. The action wasn’t finished, as four minutes later, the U23 title was also decided – Vas (Hungary) outsprinting Anrooij (Netherlands) and Shackley (Great Britain) to take the win.
BETHANY SHRIEVER BRINGS IT HOME
The Glasgow BMX Centre has hosted one of the most thrilling championships of the entire 11 days, with six rainbow jerseys on the line in the final session.
The highlight for the home crowd was seeing Great Britain’s Bethany Shriever secure her second world title in the women’s elite, while things look bright for the future as well with Emily Hunt second in the women’s U23 finals.
The men’s elite final was a truly French affair, Romain Mahieu securing the win with Arthur Pilard (second) and Joris Daudet (third) completing the podium.
Para-cycling Road: Team Relay
HAND-CYCLES HIT THE GLASGOW CIRCUIT
Before the start of the women’s elite road race, there was another fast and furious contest on the city centre crit course as the mixed H team relay. The French made it back-to-back wins, beating the Germans by 25 seconds with the USA settling for third.
Indoor Cycling: Cycle Ball & Artistic
GERMANY ALMOST COMPLETE A CLEAN SWEEP
The Indoor Cycling at the Emirates Arena saw the conclusion of the men’s and women’s cycle-ball competitions, and the women’s elite single and Act 4 categories in the artistic cycling.
Both cycle-ball finals were dominated by the Germans, the favourites winning 6-2 and 3-0 in the men’s and women’s finals respectively.
They missed out on a clean sweep of all the Indoor Cycling rainbow jerseys though – a mistake in their performance opening the door for Switzerland to take the gold.
Glasgow, you have been beautiful, immense, welcoming, friendly, and the perfect host city. Be proud of showing