AIn the last few meters, the Olympic gold medalist Lisa Brennauer got out of the saddle full of determination, but it wasn’t enough for Germany’s first medal at the Road World Championships. The German team with Brennauer and Lisa Klein drove past the top places in the women’s individual time trial on Monday.

The two Tokyo gold winners on the track made it into the top ten as fifth and seventh, but were too much behind the outstanding trio around world champion Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands).

“This is a dream for so long. This year everything felt so good. It was always this Marlen Reusser – I knew she was super, super strong, ”said the gold winner. This time Reusser finished second, ten seconds back, and won silver. Completely exhausted and exhausted, the Swiss sat on the curb after the 30.3 flat kilometers from Knokke-Heist to Bruges and sorted out her feelings. Van Dijk’s compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten went to bronze.

For Brennauer and Klein, the dreams of a surprising coup in cycling enthusiast Flanders did not come true. But the gold duo from Tokyo is directly targeting the next big opportunity after the tinny Monday. In the mixed time trial, the three German women Brennauer, Klein and Mieke Kröger as well as the men around Nikias Arndt, Max Walscheid and Tony Martin are among the closest favorites in his last professional race. In 2019 there was silver behind the Netherlands at the World Cup premiere.

Even with the U23 men, there was not enough for a medal. Michel Heßmann took eighth place in the success of the Dane Johan Price-Pejtersen. “I didn’t have a creamy day today, but all in all it went well,” said Hessmann. The Australian Lucas Plapp and the Belgian local hero Florian Vermeersch completed the medal ranks.


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