World Championships 2012 / 22 September / Men Under 23
The road race for Men Under 23 at the World Championships 2012 in South-Limburg, an area in the south of The Netherlands, already started at nine o’clock in the morning. The riders had to face a distance of 177.1 km, which meant that they had to ride 11 laps on the circuit in order to finish that day.
At the start, 157 young and talented riders were present and the countries who were allowed to bring six riders to the race this year were France, Belgium, Italy, Kazakhstan and Slovenia. The Netherlands, which hosted the World Championships this year, were present with 5 riders. In total, the U23 peloton consisted of 94 nationalities, including countries as Serbia and Ethiopia.
In the photo above the U23 peloton approaches the finish line in Vilt. Besides these young guys’ race, the junior men and women races also took place in the same week and the same area again this year. Lucy Garner (GBR) was able to prolong her world title and won the Women Juniors race. Eline Brustad (NOR) became second and Anna Stricker (ITA) third. The Men Juniors race was won by Matej Mohorič (SLO), before Caleb Ewan (AUS) and Josip Rumac (CRO).
The U23 road race, despite several attacks throughout the morning, ended in a bunch sprint. In the photo above Belgium leads the sprint 300 metres from the finish line. However, Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ) became the new World Champion after 4 hours and 20 minutes. Bryan Coquard (FRA) was the second rider and Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL) the third rider who crossed the finish line.