The 81st UCI Road World Championships race concluded this weekend with September 28th finalizing who the winner of the rainbow jersey would be.
Held in Ponferrada, Spain the circuits most of the races took place in the rain with periods of the sun peeking through. 134 cyclists from 39 nations remained in the race right through to the last finish line of the UCI 2014.
Junior Women’s Road Race
The junior women battled it out for the world title in four laps that totaled 45 miles. The circuit features two climbs at Confederacion and Mirador before a fast descent to the finish in Ponferrada.
Amalie Dideriksen of Denmark secured her second straight gold in the World Championships Junior Women’s category at a time of 2 hours 2 minutes 59 seconds.
Junior Women’s Road Race Results
1. Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark)
2. Sofia Bertizzolo (Italy)
3. Agnieszka Skalniak (Poland)
4. Nikola Noskova (Czech Republic)
5. Lisa Klein (Germany)
Under-23 Men’s Road Race
The under-23 men followed the same course as the ladies did earlier in the day but the circuit was increased to 10 laps totaling 113 miles.
Sven Erik Bystrom of Norway did his country proud by winning the gold. His time was 4 hours 32 minutes 39 seconds. This was his country’s first gold medal in the UCI since 1997.
1. Sven Erik Bystrom (Norway)
2. Caleb Ewan (Australia)
3. Kristoffer Skjerping (Norway)
4. Tiesj Benoot (Belgium)
5. Sondre Holst Enger (Norway)
Men’s Junior Road Race
Continuing with the same circuit as the other road races, the men’s junior consisted of seven laps. The total ascent was 1,004 ft for each lap with a maximum 10.7% gradient.
Jonas Bokeloh (Germany) emerged victorious in the 70 mile circuit. His gold in the junior men’s road race at the world championships in Ponferrada clocked in at 3 hours 7 minutes. He was the first German to win in this category since 1996.
Men’s Junior Road Race Results
1. Jonas Bokeloh (Germany)
2. Alexandr Kulikovskiy (Russian Federation)
3. Peter Lenderink (Netherlands)
4. Edoardo Affini (Italy)
5. Magnus Klaris (Denmark)
Women’s Elite Road Race
The course and the length for the women’s elite remained the same as the men’s junior.
The race was tight for the women and ended in a photo finish with a time of 3 hours 29 minutes 21 seconds. It was determined that Pauline Ferrand-Prevot would be the holder of the gold and Germany’s Lisa Brennauer receives the silver.
1. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (France)
2. Lisa Brennauer (Germany)
3. Emma Johansson (Sweden)
4. Giorgia Bronzini (Italy)
5. Tiffany Cromwell (Australia)
Men Elite World Title
The final race of the year at the UCI was a total of 158 miles consisting of 14 laps. The first 2 ½ miles were flat and progressed at Alto de Montearenas. The remaining distance in each lap was downhill for 2.8 miles and on to the finish in Ponferrada.
Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland claimed the rainbow jersey with a time of 6 hours 29′ minutes 07 seconds. His late attack on the pack proved to be an advantage as he beat out the favorite big-names everyone was watching for and predicting on taking this title. 2nd place winner, Simon Gerrans of Australia was one second behind.
Men Elite World Title Results
1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland)
2. Simon Gerrans (Australia)
3. Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spain)
4. Matti Breschel (Denmark)
5. Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)
Medal Tally for the 2014 UCI Road World Championships
See you next year as the 2015 UCI Road World Champ will be held in Richmond, Virginia.