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What a week it was — 11 world champions were crowned over eight days of thrilling and exciting racing across the Flanders region of Belgium.
Following four days of time trials in Bruges, the worlds moved into three days of road races, building to a feverish peak with the men’s road race that ended with circuits inside the jam-packed town of Leuven in front of an estimated 1 million fans.
Here are the winners of each race, and the key stories around each event.
Champion: Filippo Ganna (Italy)
Ganna topped van Aert and Remco Evenepoel with a blazing 54.3kph ride over 43 kilometers: “In my head, I just dreamed to win again today.”
- Wout van Aert stung by another second place as Filippo Ganna spoils Belgian party
- What Filippo Ganna, Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel and more said after tense TT test
- Tony Martin closing out glittering career on a high
Champion: Johan Price-Pejtersen (Denmark)
Uno-X rider beat Luke Plapp and Florian Vermeersch to continue a long streak of Danish U23 TT domination.
Champion: Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands)
Van Dijk scored a third-straight TT world title for the Dutch team, beating Marlen Reusser and Annemiek van Vleuten.
- Anna Kiesenhofer rode TT with damaged fork after almost crashing in training
- Amber Neben comes back from broken pelvis to take fourth in TT
- What Ellen van Dijk, Amber Neben, and others said after another Dutch time trial victory
Champion: Alena Ivanchenko (Russia)
Ivanchenko beat Zoe Backstedt to double down on her European time trial title.
Champion: Gustav Wang (Denmark)
The 18-year-old Wang followed on the gold of countryman Johan Price-Pejtersen in the U23s. “It feels really good to prove that I’m the best in the world,” Wang said.
A motivated German team featuring a retiring Tony Martin knocked back the Dutch and Italians to win the gold medal in the new discipline.
- Is the mixed team relay good and should it be an Olympic event? We ask the riders
- Gallery: Mixed relay team time trial
Champion: Per Strand Hagene (Norway)
The Norwegian took the rainbow bands under cloudy skies after an aggressive finale to the men’s junior road race in Leuven, with USA’s Colby Simmons in 15th.
Champion: Filippo Baroncini (Italy)
Baroncini won a crash-riddled race as Eritrea hit a historic podium.
- History-maker: Biniam Ghirmay scores first road worlds medal for Eritrea
- UCI jury disqualifies USA’s Luke Lamperti from U23 race
- Gallery: Junior men and under-23 men
Champion: Zoe Backstedt (Great Britain)
Backstedt and Kaia Schmid attacked together at 30km to go. The Brit took the sprint to go one better than the silver she scored in Tuesday’s time trial.
- American Kaia Schmid: ‘Any day on a worlds podium is a good day’
- Gallery: Young stars and fervent spectators at the junior and elite women’s road races
Champion: Elisa Balsamo (Italy)
The 23-year-old Balsamo delivered after a huge ride from the Italian team in the final to score another medal for “the Azzurri.”
- Did the Dutch blow it again? Marianne Vos gracious with silver
- Here’s what Anna van der Breggen, Marianne Vos, Lotte Kopecky and others said after women’s road race
- Ruth Winder retires on a high note, racing aggressively at worlds
Champion: Julian Alaphilippe (France)
Alaphilippe defended his 2020 title with a solo move after blasting van Aert, van der Poel and a stellar group of favorites off his wheel in the final 20km.