Nils Eekhoff says he will never forget those 15 minutes when he was world champion

The Dutchman was disqualified after a lengthy jury review, with the victory handed instead to Italy's Samuele Batistella

Nils Eekhoff (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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Nils Eekhoff has said he will "never ever forget those best 15 minutes" when he was world champion, something the UCI can't take away from him after the Dutchman was disqualified, thus losing the gold medal in the men's U23 road race.

Eekhoff had been in a chase group over the closing kilometres into Harrogate, with Colombia's Sergio Higuita doing the lion's share of the work to swell the group of contenders for the stage win to seven as the riders went under the 1km banner.

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