Marco Mathis wins the U23 men’s time trial at the World Championships

The U-23 Men’s Time Trial was won by Germany’s Marco Mathis, 18 seconds ahead of his compatriot Maximilian Schachmann and 37 seconds ahead of Australia’s Miles Scotson. Another German, Lennard Kamna, was in fourth.

Second down the ramp at 11.31 this morning, Mathis completed the race with the best time on each of the intermediate checkpoints and crossing the finish line on the Pearl Island in a time of 34 minutes and eight seconds. He then had to wait until the last starter, 2015 defending champion Mads Wurtz Schmidt of Denmark, completed the course. The Dane faded badly to 21st and Mathis could start to celebrate.

“It was so long in the hot seat,” Mathis said afterwards of his four hour wait for victory, “but it was my kind of course, absolutely flat and technical. Really, I have no words to express how well it went, and how pleased I am.”

Recognising that Germany has a long tradition of top time triallists, Mathis said, “We have a lot of riders for this like [former World TT Champion] Tony Martin,” and he promised himself “a small celebration this evening and a much bigger one after Thursday’s [U-23] road-race.”

Racing continues on Tuesday with the Junior Men and the Elite Womens’ individual time trials, both over distances of 28.9 kilometres.

World Championships 2016 – U23 time trial results:

1 Marco Mathis (Germany)


2 Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)


3 Miles Scotson (Australia)


4 Lennard Kämna (Germany)


5 Kasper Asgreen (Denmark)


6 Neilson Powless (USA)


7 Geoffrey Curran (USA)


8 Tom Bohli (Switzerland)


9 Edward Dunbar (Ireland)


10 Callum Scotson (Australia)