Road World Championships 2021: Denmark’s Johan Price Pejtersen storms to gold in under-23 time trial

Australia’s Lucas Plapp had a long wait in the hot seat, only to be beaten by the final rider on the road

Johan Price Pejtersen at the 2021 World Championships
Johan Price Pejtersen at the 2021 World Championships
(Image credit: Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

Denmark have taken gold once again in the under-23 time trial at the 2021 Road World Championships, as Johan Price Pejtersen put in a storming ride. 

Price Petjtersen was the last rider to hit the 30km course in Flanders on Monday (September 20), matching the pace of his rivals in the opening section and then turning up the power in the final third of the route. 

  1. Johan Price Pejtersen (Denmark), at 34-29
  2. Luke Plapp (Australia), at 10s
  3. Florian Vermeersch (Belgium), at 11s
  4. Søren Wærenskjold (Norway), at 13s
  5. Mick van Dijke (Netherlands), at 24s
  6. Dan Hoole (Netherlands), at 39s
  7. Ethan Vernon (Great Britain), at 43s
  8. Michel Hessman (Germany), at 48s
  9. Filippo Baroncini (Italy), at 57s
  10. Magnus Sheffield (USA), at 58s 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.