DOHA: 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.
“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.”
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. -- Press release