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Worlds’16: Junior Men’s Photo Book
Denmark’s Jacob Egholm won the 2016 Junior Men’s road race today in fine fashion – going solo and being the winner to stick it to the bunch. PEZ photog Chenthil Mohan captured the action for today’s photo book…

– Photos by Chenthil Mohan, Words by UCI Press Release –

 

Jakob Egholm has won the men’s junior Road Race in spectacular fashion. In the third Road Race at the UCI Road World Championships Doha 2016, the Dane was the first to successfully carry home a solo attack and finished first in 2:58.19. Seven seconds behind the winner, German Niklas Markl and Swiss Reto Muller took silver and bronze in the sprint of an eighteen-men group of first chasers.

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The Norwegian team signs in – hoping to repeat their success in the U23 race.

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Team USA looked relaxed and ready to race at the start.

“I can’t believe it”, Egholm said. “I haven’t won a race since May. I went into the race with the expectation to help my team mates in the sprint. When we were in the breakaway I sat still in the back of the group to save energy. Then, when I took my turn, team mate Julius Johansen went and I got a gap too and went after him. He did not have the power in his legs, so I went for it. It was an individual time trial towards the end.”

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Egholm is only the second Dane in history to win the juniors Road Race. Fifteen years before Egholm was born, his compatriot Sören Lilholt won the title in 1983. Niklas Markl took the second German Road Race silver after Pascal Ackermann grabbed a medal of the same colour in the Men’s Under 23 race. Germany has now won seven medals in Doha –Team Time Trials results included– and are currently on top of the leaderboard. Reto Muller took the first Swiss individual medal at the UCI Road World Championships Doha 2016.

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America’s McNulty was by far the most aggressive rider in the race today.

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It was full pace from scratch in the Men’s junior race. The peloton was strung out straight from the start, with riders attacking right and left of the road. Dutchman Jan Mobach came first at the first crossing of the finish line, but his effort faded entering the feed zone.

One man stood out in the first three laps. Awet Habtom from cycling-loving Eritrea attacked time and again. The African rider was joined by Slovenian Tadej Pogacar at first instance. Dutchman Dennis van der Horst joined the pair but when the three looked over their shoulders in search for fellow adventurers, the peloton was back on their tale. Habtom did not give up however. He launched a new attack and another Dutchman joined him, this time it was Ide Schelling with Belgian Brent van Moer as companion.

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Peloton navigating one of the innumerable roundabouts with the sea in the background.

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Again the three were caught by the merciless peloton, but Habtom persevered, only to give up after the third passage on the finish line. With Habtom fading, other tried their luck, with the Dutch team always attempting to join the attack. From the third lap onwards the peloton was blown into several groups and lone riders in between.

The first group consisted of fourteen riders: Brandon McNulty (USA), Adrian Bustamante (Colombia), Brent van Moer (Belgium), Jacob Eriksson (Sweden), Harry Sweeny (Australia), Julius Johansen (Denmark), Iver Knotten (Norway), Inigo Elosegui (Spain), Saymon Musie (Eritrea), Nicolas Debeaumarche (France), Sedrik Ullebo (Norway), Ziga Horvat (Slovenia), Ide Schelling (Netherlands) and Alexys Brunel (France). Meanwhile, Belgian sprinter Gerben Thijsen suffered from a mechanical in the back rows.

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McNulty, who already won the junior’s Individual Time Trial earlier this week, set up an attack together with Johansen and Brunel. With about 50 kilometres to go, the three took a 15-second lead, but were caught by the first chase group after a brave effort. Several riders managed to join the first group from behind and then a team of twenty-odd riders had a 45-second advantage over the second pack with two laps to go. Knotten had left the race by then. The Norwegian national junior champion parked his bike at the side of the road and fell down on the pavement in exhaustion, with four laps to go.

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Pulling away from the break in the last 5km, Jakob Egholm here, taking the win comfortably

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Sprint for the remaining positions on the podium

Heading into the final lap, Slovenia and Denmark had three riders each in the 20-men front group, France and Switzerland had two men, while all the others were on their own. Attack followed after attack and McNulty neutralised them all. Only when Julius Johansen attacked with Jakob Egholm leaving a small gap, no one was able to respond. Egholm himself also got a gap and he decided to join his compatriot. Johansen did not have the legs to follow him however, and Egholm decided to go solo. France’s Alexys Brunel caught up with Johansen in an effort to chase Egholm, but they eventually were arrested by the following group of twenty.

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Men’s Junior Road Race Podium

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Danish Fans at the finish line 

Results: 2016 World Cycling Championships Junior Men’s Road Race
1. Jakob Egholm (Denmark) 2:58:19
2. Niklas Markl (Germany) 0:00:07
3. Reto Muller (Switzerland)
4. Luca Mozzato (Italy)
5. Ziga Horvat (Slovenia)
6. Ziga Jerman (Slovenia)
7. Ide Schelling (Netherlands)
8. Jaka Primozic (Slovenia)
9. Sedrik Ullebo (Norway)
10. Harry Sweeny (Australia)

 


chenthil-headshot2016An avid cycling enthusiast himself, Chenthil is a photographer based in Bangalore, India. Amongst many other hats, he runs a photography collective called Sports Anonymous (https://www.instagram.com/sports_anonymous/) covering under represented sports in Asia.

 

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