Marco Mathis takes win in under-23 men's time trial despite a near-miss with an ambulance out on the course in Qatar
Marco Mathis of Germany won the under-23 men’s individual time trial title at the 2016 UCI Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar, on Monday.
Mathis was one of the early starters and put down a time that was not to be bettered by other 72 riders in the category.
It was a controversial victory as Mathis nearly collided with an ambulance on the course, and subsequently rode up close behind an official race car.
However, the retained his composure to finish the 28.9-kilometre test against the clock 19 seconds quicker than compatriot Maximilian Schachmann. Australian Miles Scotson completed the podium.
Jonathan Dibben was Great Britain’s highest finisher in a creditable 15th place, one minute and 38 seconds down on Mathis. Fellow Brit Tao Geoghegan Hart was 26th, 2-23 behind Mathis.
Earlier in the day, Karlijen Swinkels (Netherlands) took the junior women’s title ahead of Lisa Morzenti (Italy) and Juliette Labous (France). Great Britain was not represented in the race.
The 2016 Road Worlds continue on Tuesday, October 11, with the junior men’s and elite women’s time trials.
Under-23 men’s individual time trial, 29.8km
1. Marco Mathis (Germany) in 34-08
2. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) at 19 secs
3. Miles Scotson (Aus) at 38 secs
4. Lennard Kamna (Germany) at 42 secs
5. Kasper Asgreen (Den) at 51 secs
6. Neilson Powless (USA) at 54 secs
7. Geoffrey Curran (USA) at 1-05
8. Tom Bohli (Sui) at 1-16
9. Eddie Dunbar (Irl) at 1-22
10. Callum Scotson (Aus) at 1-22
Junior women’s individual time trial
1. Karlijen Swinkels (Netherlands) in 18-21
2. Lisa Morzenti (Ita) at 7 secs
3. Juliette Labous (Fra) at 21 secs
4. Sklyar Schneider (USA) at 30 secs
5. Hannah Arensman (USA) at 34 secs
6. Franziska Brausse (Ger) at 34 secs
7. Simone Eg (Den) at 38 secs
8. Alessia Vigilia (Ita) at 42 secs
9. Madeleine Fasnacht (Aus) at 43 secs
10. Elena Pirrone (Ita) at 44 secs