World Cycling Championships: Kazakh Yevgeniy Fedorov sprints to gold with promises

World Cycling Championships: Kazakh Yevgeniy Fedorov sprints to gold with promises
World Cycling Championships: Kazakh Yevgeniy Fedorov sprints to gold with promises

Yevgeniy Fedorov has been crowned world champion on the U23 road on Friday. The 22-year-old Kazakh took it after 169.8 kilometers in the Australian Wollongong in a sprint for the Czech Mathias Vacek. Norwegian Soren Waerenskjold completed the podium. Jenno Berckmoes was the first Belgian in tenth place.

Five riders broke away from the pack early. Besides Fabio Van den Bossche these were the Czech Petr Keleman, the German Hannes Wilksch, the Frenchman Mathis Le Berre and the Swiss Faiban Weiss. A little later the Croat Fran Miholjevic joined in. Their flight sang it out to about 50 km before the finish.

Then, in heavy rain conditions, the final could break out. A barrage of attacks followed on the local circuit, but there were no major differences. In the final phase, four riders got ahead of whom Alec Segaert, but the winner of silver in the time trial had to let go of leaders Fedorov and Vacek on the last climb of Mount Pleasant. They stayed ahead and were allowed to sprint for gold. Fedorov, professional cyclist at Astana and this month in the Vuelta, was clearly the strongest.

Waerenskjold, world time trial champion for Segaert, won the sprint of the chasing group three seconds later, ahead of Estonian Madis Mihkels and Dutchman Olav Kooij. Jenno Berckmoes crossed the line in the same group as the tenth and first Belgian.

Never since the first edition in 1996 has a Belgian managed to win the World Championship road race with the U23. Fedorov succeeds the Italian Filippo Baroncini on the honors list, who won gold in Leuven last year.

The article is in Dutch

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