Road World Cham­pi­onships TTT Gold for Kirch­mann

Pedal Magazine - - Contents - by Jack Cracker

Canada brought home two medals from the 2017 UCI Road Cy­cling World Cham­pi­onships held in Ber­gen, Nor­way from Sept. 16-24, claim­ing Team time-trial (TTT) gold with Leah Kirch­mann (Sun­web) and sil­ver with Karol-Ann Canuel (Boels-Dol­mans Cy­cling Team). Twenty-three rid­ers raced for the Red Maple Leaf, with sev­eral no­table re­sults by ju­nior rid­ers such as Que­bec’s Si­mone Boilard with her stel­lar eighth in the ju­nior women’s road race.

TEAM TIME TRIAL

Canada’s Kirch­mann from Man­i­toba cel­e­brated her first Road Worlds gold medal as Team Sun­web won the 42.5km women’s TTT at the 2017 UCI Road World Cham­pi­onships.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Boels-Dol­mans Cy­cling Team with fel­low Canuck Canuel set­tled for sil­ver, giv­ing Canada two medals on the open­ing day of the Cham­pi­onships. Ali­son Jack­son fin­ished eighth with her BePink squad.

Cervelo-Bigla set an early best time that only Boels-Dol­mans could chal­lenge and beat un­til Sun­web put the ham­mer down and won gold at a dozen sec­onds faster, with Cervelo-Bigla tak­ing the bronze.

“It’s an in­cred­i­ble feel­ing to win and stand on the podium as a team. For sure Boels was the favourite,” said Kirch­mann. “We knew we could fight for a podium spot if we rode a re­ally good race, but we didn’t ex­pect to win. It’s pretty cool to be a world cham­pion. Our strat­egy was just to pace the whole race; not go too crazy from the start and lose time at the end. We knew that the times were close from com­mu­ni­ca­tions we were get­ting, but in the end, you just have to ride your own race.”

In the men’s TTT race, Team Sun­web tri­umphed yet again over pow­er­houses such as de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons BMC Rac­ing Team, who fin­ished sec­ond, with Team Sky third on the fi­nal podium. Canada’s Svein Tuft was fifth with Orica-Scott.

Team Sky made a very strong start, clock­ing the fastest early time ahead of de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Quick-Step Floors. How­ever, they were forced to set­tle for a re­peat of their bronze medal in the 2013. BMC Rac­ing Team showed their strength in depth too, but on the de­scent back to the Fest­plassen, they be­gan to strug­gle.

“First the women, and now us. It’s crazy,” said Team Sun­web’s Tom Du­moulin. “The team was so ho­moge­nous. It was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. It’s the team event of the year, and we pulled it off.”

Team Sun­web with Canada’s Kirch­mann (l) en route to women’s TTT gold at the 2017 Road Worlds.

Canada’s Kirch­mann cel­e­bratesher first Road Worlds gold medal.

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