Crash for favourites: Superbiker’s fall dashes dreams of rainbow jersey

Crash for favourites: Superbiker’s fall dashes dreams of rainbow jersey
Crash for favourites: Superbiker’s fall dashes dreams of rainbow jersey

The surprises continue at the Road Cycling World Championships. The world champions in the mixed team time trial became the Swiss, while the Dutch national team, consisting of the most powerful names (Daan Hoole, Bauke Mollema, Ellen van Dijk, Riejanne Markus, Mathieu van der Poel and Annemiek van Vleuten), had a real crash and finished only in fifth place.

The mixed team time trial relay consists of three male and three female cyclists. First, the men take to the track, who lead the first lap, and only when they cross the finish line do the women go down the ramp. The mixed relay is part of the world championships only until 2019, but it was not on the schedule in Imola in the Corona year 2020.

The problems for the Dutch, the 2019 world champions, started in the first part of the race when the men’s team entered.

First of all, it is Buke Mollem, the Dutch national time trial champion, due to problems with his bike (his chain came off) he lost a lot of time halfway through the course, and it was even worse in the second part, when the women took to the road.



Photo: Gulliverimage



Annemiek Van Vleuten | Photo: Gulliverimage


Photo: Gulliverimage

The Olympic time trial champion and the most versatile cyclist in the world, Annemiek van Vleuten, took a nasty fall and injured herself immediately after descending from the starting ramp. The experienced cyclist was visibly shocked by the incident and could not believe what happened in a split second.

As she later wrote on social networks, she was taken to the hospital for further tests and X-rays. “I have abrasions all over my body, especially my right elbow/arm. My front wheel blew out causing me to fall,” she wrote on Twitter. This most likely means that she will not take part in the road race (September 24), or that her chances of winning the rainbow jersey will be significantly lower.

After the problems of Mollema, they Mathieu van der Poel and Dan Hoole she continued driving, but fell behind the best time of the Swiss men’s trio by as much as 40 seconds. The backlog only grew in the second part, when the women competed.

Ellen van Dijkwho won the new title of World Time Trial Champion on Sunday, and Riejanne Markus after the fall of their national team colleague, they tried to reach the finish line, but they reached it 52 seconds slower than the winning Swiss team, which was only enough for fifth place.




The Swiss are the new world champions in the mixed team time trial. The Italians won the title of world runners-up, the Australians came third. | Photo: Gulliverimage


The Swiss are the new world champions in the mixed team time trial. The Italians won the title of world runners-up, the Australians came third.
Photo: Gulliverimage

Second place was won by the Italians (Elena Cecchini, Filippo Ganna, Edoardo Affini, Vittoria Guazzini, Elisa Longo Borghini and Matteo Sobrero), who were separated from the rainbow shirt by only three seconds, while the Australians (Sarah Roy, Georgia Baker, Luke Plapp, Alexandra Manly and Michael Matthews).

The favored Germans, the defending champions, finished just below the podium.

Slovenia had no representatives in this discipline.


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