We haven’t had a flat Road World Championships since Copenhagen in 2011, so the sprinters were rubbing their hands with glee. We’d seen the Team Time Trials and the Individual Time Trials on the course, but how would the peloton take it? Find out with videos, photos, links and results from the Junior and Elite women’s road races – so exciting, and some amazing moments!
I’ll edit in more as I see it – if you have media you loved, please do let me know in the comments or on twitter.
Highlights and full race replay:
If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, click here for the final 1.5km, for a textbook sprint finish – high-speed, perfect lead-out. Keep going until the last group crosses the line, because that was a really cute moment – but whatever you do, make sure you keep watching until the slo-mo overhead, it’s perfect racing. I adore the final lead-out rider, Chiara Consonni, cheering for Elisa Balsamo’s win before she’s even crossed the line – so confident! And I really, really love the Italians singing along with the anthem:
Want to know who’s who? From left to right: Lisa Morzenti, Letitzia Paternoster, Chiara Consonni and Martina Fidanza – and of course, Elisa Balsamo on the podium – thanks Bidone Jack!
1. Elisa Balsamo, Italy, 1:53:04
2. Skylar Schneider, USA, s.t.
3. Susanne Andersen, Norway, s.t.
4. Karolina Perekitko, Poland, s.t.
5. Letizia Paternoster, Italy, s.t.
6. Emma Norsgaard, Denmark, s.t.
7. Franziska Brausse, Germany, s.t.
8. Sandra Alonso Dominguez, Spain, s.t.
9. Liane Lippert, Germany, s.t.
10. Simone Eg, Denmark, s.t.
Remember, this is what happened to Susanne Andersen after the ITT…
This had the most incredible field, and although it was a real shame Giorgia Bronzini was sick and couldn’t go for her 3rd Road World Championships gold, pretty much everyone else from the current field that you’d ever want to see sprint was racing.
Highlights and full race replay
If you’re in the UK, you can watch the partial BBC replay (120 mins), with Rochelle Gilmore’s commentary, on the BBC iPlayer, for around 30 days.
1. Amalie Dideriksen, Denmark, 3:10:27
2. Kirsten Wild, Netherlands, s.t.
3. Lotta Lepistö, Finland, s.t.
4. Lizzie Deignan, Great Britain, s.t.
5. Marta Bastianelli, Italy, s.t.
6. Roxane Fournier, France, s.t.
7. Chloe Hosking, Australia, s.t.
8. Sheyla Guttierez Ruíz, Spain, s.t.
9. Joëlle Numainville, Canada, s.t.
10. Jolien D’hoore, Belgium, s.t.
Intreview with Dideriksen on Cyclingnews.
Sheyla Gutiérrez Ruiz, on coming 8th
I love all Felix Mattis’ interviews, but the last question to Kirsten Wild, and the last questions here, to Julie Leth, makes me laugh so much
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Team work at its finest!!! I ended up 16th in the sprint – We didn't get the result that we wanted, but we raced well as a team! USA was represented in the moves, Amber was going for the double rainbow, and Lauren is one hell of a watergirl! 🇺🇸🌈💦 • • That will wrap up a long and eventful 2016! Already looking forward to 2017, but first a much needed off-season… • • Thanks for all the love and support at home and on-site! Until next time… • • #ucidoha2016 #worldchampionships #cycling #teamusa #MERICA #teamworkmakesthedreamwork
Of course, it wouldn’t be Qatar without issues of heat and water – here’s today’s, from Sticky Bottle (Ironically named for this link)
My collection of media from the Team Time Trial is here, and from the Junior and Elite ITTs here. If you find more I should edit in, or have any questions, or just want to chat, drop a comment below, or give me a shout in twitter.
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