Italy’s Filippo Baroncini won the world champion title in Leuven, Belgium, in the joint start of the youth (under 23) race. The silver medal was won by Eritrean Benjamin Girmay, and the bronze by Dutchman Olaf Koeig. Poland’s only delegate, Filip Maciejcock, finished 73rd with a loss of 4.30.

Baroncini attacked down the hillside towards the end of the race, and took a safe advantage. In the final straight slowed down, he celebrated victory, even though the peloton was very close. Two weeks ago in Trento, Italy won the silver medal at the European Championships in this competition.

Girmay became the first ever medalist of the African Road World Championships. At the beginning of August, the Eritrean signed a professional contract with the Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert team, making his debut at the Tour de P Cologne. In turn, 19-year-old Kooij, a player of the Jumbo-Visma team, also participated in the Tour de P Cologne and was the youngest participant in it. He finished second on the stage to Rzeszow, losing only to Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria.

Youth race results Antwerp – Leuven (161.1 km):

1. Filippo Baroncini (Italy) – 3: 37.02

2. Biniam Ghirmay (Erytrea) Layers 2sec

Olaf Koeg (Netherlands)

4 – Michele Gazzoli (Italy)

5 – Louis Askey (Great Britain)

6. Thibault Nice (Belgium) same time

73- Filip Masijuk (Poland) 4.30


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