World Championships Update

The new look Pedalers Post features a story from the last seven days in the world of cycling worth talking about, if you haven’t been already. This week we catch up with the first four days of the UCI Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar. So far we’ve seen all the Time Trial disciplines being contested, with British riders podiuming in the Women’s TTTs.

Women’s Time Trial
Amber Neben (USA) produced one of the shocks of the week by taking her second World Time Trial Championship, eight years after her first. The 41 year old beat Dutch rider Ellen van Dijk by just under six seconds. Katrin Garfoot of Australia took the bronze with a time of 36:35. The highest placed British rider was Hannah Barnes, who stopped the clock two minutes down on winner Neben, and finished 14th.

Men’s Time Trial
Tony Martin secured his fourth World Time Trial Championship with a time of 44:43, ahead of Vasil Kiryenka (BEL) and Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP). Martin had previously announced he would be reverting back to his old time trial style, and that decision seems to have been vindicated by his timely return to form. The highest placed Brit was Movistar’s Alex Dowsett who finished 12th.

Women’s Team Time Trial
Boels Dolmans Cyclling crossed the line in a time of 48:32, to win by 48 seconds from Canyon SRAM Racing. The Boels Dolmans team featured Brit Lizzie Deignan (née Armistead), whilst the Canyon SRAM team featured fellow Brit Hannah Barnes. Rounding off the podium was Cervelo Bigla Pro Cycling, featuring another British rider, Lisa Klein.

Men’s Team Time Trial
Etixx-Quickstep broke BMC Racing’s two year dominance of the TTT, stopping the clock with a time of 42:32. BMC finished 12 seconds down on the winners, whilst Australian team Orica-BikeExchange completed the podium. Team Sky finished fourth, 17 seconds off the podium and a further 37 seconds off winners Etixx-Quickstep.

Ones to watch
Mark Cavendish will be the main British interest in the Men’s Road Race, however he will have to watch out for fellow sprinters Andre Greipel and reigning champion Peter Sagan. If the wind picks up though it could be anyone’s race, so keep an eye out for the likes of Edvald Boasson Hagen should any splits in the field emerge.

Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands seems to be the sensible bet in the Women’s Road Race given her ten previous stage wins at the Tour of Qatar, whilst reigning champion Lizzie Deignan is perhaps Great Britain’s best hope of winning a medal.

For a full breakdown of results including Juniors & U23s click here.