Elisa Balsamo and Jakob Egholm win junior road race titles at 2016 World Championships

Riders from Italy and Denmark are triumphant in the junior women's and men's road races at the UCI 2016 Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar

Elisa Balsamo and Jakob Egholm take junior road race titles, 2016 UCI Road World Championships
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Jakob Egholm (Denmark) and Elisa Balsamo (Italy) were crowned the respective junior men's and women's world champions in Qatar on Friday.

Defying the prediction of every road race finishing in a bunch sprint on the pan-flat course in Doha, Egholm was a survivor of a late attack with compatriot Julius Johansen. Although Johansen faded and was caught by the chasing bunch, Egholm pushed on solo to take the victory.

Niklas Markl (Germany) brought the peloton home for second place, with Reto Muller (Switzerland) settling for bronze in third.

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Earlier in the day, Balsamo of Italy won the junior's women's road race ahead of Skylar Schneider (USA) and Susanne Andersen (Norway) in a bunch sprint.

There were no British riders in either the junior men's or women's races.

The 2016 UCI Road World Championships continue on Saturday with the elite women's road race, and the event concludes on Sunday with the elite men's road race.

Results

Junior men's road race, 135.3km

1. Jakob Eghom (Denmark) in 2-58-19

2. Niklas Markl (Germany) at 7 secs

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) at same time

Junior women's road race, 74.5km

1. Elisa Balsamo (Italy) in 1-53-04

2. Skylar Schneider (USA)

3. Susanne Andersen (Norway)

4. Karoline Perekitko (Poland)

5. Letizia Paternoster (Italy)

6. Emma Cecile Norsgaard (Denmark)

7. Franziska Brausse (Germany)

8. Sandra Alonso (Spain)

9. Liane Lippert (Germany)

10. Simone Eg (Denmark) all same time

Jakob Egholm (Denmark) wins the junior men's road race at the 2016 World Road Championships

Jakob Egholm (Denmark) wins the junior men's road race
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

The junior women's road race at the 2016 World Road Championships

The junior women's road race
(Image credit: Watson)

Elisa Balsamo wins the junior women's road race at the 2016 World Road Championships

Elisa Balsamo wins the junior women's road race
(Image credit: Watson)

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