17 new time trial World Champions have been crowned today during the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Varese.
The course was fast but challenging with some elevation but smooth new asphalt which showed also broken records compared to last year's edition of the qualifier event.
Fastest overall covering the 22.5km in 28:15 is Spanish rider Raul Portillo Saldamando with an average speed of 46.7km/h. The fastest lady over all age groups is American Masters World Record holder and former World Champion Molly Van Houweling in a time of 32.13 for an average speed of 40,97km/h. The different age groups had often very close battles for victory, with two titles with a difference of respectively 5 and 25 hundreds of a second, a third one with a bit more than a second.
The females started at 9am with Swedish Lena Lundstrom taking the title before defending World Champion Marti Valks in the F65+ age group. Jeannie Longo added another title to her long list of gold medals winning the F60-64 category while Olga Cappiello won her F55-59 age group for the only Italian gold in the time trial.
Anna Davis beated two other former World Champions Trine Hansen and Maria Cristina Prati by respectively 15 and 51 seconds. Molly Van Houweling was as fastest female overall ofcourse also the new World Champion in her F45-49 age group beating the defending world champion Adelheid Schuetz by 33 seconds to add another gold to her track record. Jeannie Blakemore from New Zealand won another gold after Perth 2016 in an average speed of just under 40 km/h.
Amelie Kolweyh (F35-39) and Laura Simenc (F19-34) were the final two World Champions who were crowned in the women's categories.
The males started also in reverse order from old to young with Gerhard Hrinkow being crowned the first male World Champion of the day winning his M70+ category in a time of 32:54 for an average speed just of 40km/h. Mikalai Baklanau showed to be the strongest in the M65-69 to renew his title of 2015, while Vladimir Kuznetsov did the same with his M60-64 World title.
James McMurray beated two other former World Champions in a very tight 25 hundreds of a second finish gap to win before the defending World Champion Kevin Tye and American Brendan Sullivan. The M50-54 age group delivered a first time trial title for Bruce Bird, organizer of the Canadian qualifier event after he already won the road title in 2014 and 2017.
Spanish Raul Portillo rode the fastest overall time winning his M45-49 age category before local Giampaolo Busani and 2016 World Champion Dan Bryant. Andrej Bucek was one of the three Slovenian World Champions of the day winning by only 5 hundreds of a second to British Matthew Smith while Matej Lovce won a third time trial title in his career in the M35-39 age group.
The last start group finally crowned Fabien Secondo as new World Champion beating two Austrian riders.
M19-34 : Fabien Secondo (FRA)
M35-39 : Matej Lovse (SLO)
M40-44 : Andrej Gucek (SLO)
M45-49 : Raul Portillo Saldamando (ESP)
M50-54 : Bruce Bird (CAN)
M55-59 : James McMurray (NZL)
M60-64 : Vladimir Kuznetsov (RUS)
M65-69 : Mikalai Baklanau (BLR)
M70+ :Gerhard Hrinkow (AUT)
F19-34 : Laura Simenc (SLO)
F35-39 : Amelie Kolweyh (GER)
F40-44 : Jeannie Blakemore (NZL)
F45-49 : Molly Van Houweling (USA)
F50-54 : Anna Davis (AUS)
F55-59 : Olga Cappiello (ITA)
F60-64 : Jeannie Longo (FRA)
F65+ : Lena Lundstrom (SWE)