Day 9 Round-up
The round-up of all the best of the action from Day 9 of the UCI Cycling World Cycling Championships.
INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL
Remco reigns in Stirling
By his own high standards, Remco Evenepoel had a disappointing day last Sunday. The reigning men’s elite road world champion couldn’t keep pace with the lead group, conceding his rainbow jersey to Mathieu van der Poel. But come the individual time trial, the Belgian had a point to prove. One of the last riders out of the start hut, he was like a rocket on the road, laying down the power to leave everyone in his wake. The Italian Filippo Ganna had to settle for second, while young gun Josh Tarling showed that the future looks bright for Great Britain.
In the other time trial of the day, Oscar Chamberlain made it two wins for Australia’s juniors following Felicity Wilson-Haffenden’s victory yesterday, while a certain Ben Wiggins (son of Bradley) secured silver for Great Britain.
MOUNTAIN BIKE CROSS-COUNTRY
Reigning champs reign supreme
The third day of off-road racing in the Tweed Valley saw the under 23s take to the Glentress Forest course, and the home fans had something to cheer.
In the men’s U23 cross-country Olympic race, Charlie Aldridge left it late, launching in the last lap to break away from Adrien Boichis (France) and Dario Lillo (Switzerland) to cross the line 13-seconds clear in front of wall of noise at the finish.
There was only one contender in the women’s under 23s, Samara Maxwell (New Zealand) dominating from the first lap to solo to her first world title.
Rainbow jerseys rain in Dumfries
Down in Dumfries and Galloway, there were 14 rainbow jerseys up for grabs as the tricycles and handcycles took to the roads for the Para-Cycling Road races. While there were no big British hopes, that didn’t stop locals coming out to show their support as competitors took on the 15.5km course.
Of the highlights, there were back-to-back wins for Maxime Hordies (men’s H1), Mitch Valize (men’s H5), Annika Zeyen (women’s H3), Jeanette Jansen (women’s H4) and Oksana Masters (women’s H5), while Dennis Connors (men’s T2) and Emma Lund (women’s T2) took the step up on the podium to secure their win.
Artistic cycling and cycle ball arrive in style
Although they might be the least known sports of this year’s world championships, Friday saw artistic cycling and cycle ball make their debut at the Emirates Arena.
In the cycle ball, Austria and Germany sit top of League A, while in League B, Romania and Japan can only be separated by one point.
The performance of the night though was in the women’s elite artistic cycling pair – Marquardt and Vordermeier securing the win for Germany.
In the third day of the trials competition at Glasgow Green, it was time for the semi-finals in the men’s elite (20” and 26”). Great Britain’s Charlie Rolls (men’s elite 20”) came through top of table, while five-time and reigning champion Jack Carthy will be looking to make it three in a row in the men’s elite 26”.