The 2010 UCI Road World Championships kicked off its third day in host city Geelong, Australia today. On Thursday Swiss defending champion Fabian Cancellara won the gold and rainbow jersey in the elite men’s time trial for the record-setting fourth time.
Today was the under-23 men’s road race that traveled 159 km (8.8 miles); which is 10-times around the same 15.9 km course of the under-23 men’s time trial. At the mass sprint finish Australian Michael Matthews (who just turned 20 last week) edged out his competitors to take the title at 4:01:23. This was the first win for an Australian in the under-23 road race category. German John Degenkolb got the silver. In another first, American Taylor Phinney and Canadian Guillaume Boivin tied for third and shared the bronze medal.
Of his win Matthews said to the official Melbourne 2010 website: “I’m speechless, I don’t know what to say. I don’t know if it ever will (sink in) really, it’s just a dream come true and dreams don’t usually come true, it’s unbelievable.”
His nickname “Bling” comes from the “copious amounts of jewelry” the young Aussie wore in the early stages of his career according to the Melbourne 2010 website. Today he was only wearing a yellow-tipped eyebrow ring.
The race continues Saturday October 2 with the elite women’s road race that will travel 127.2 km (79 m) which is eight-laps over the same course as today. Brit and 2010 time trial champion Emma Pooley is a favorite along with fellow Brit Nicole Cooke, Dutch Marianne Vos and Italian Tatiana Guderzo. Aussies vying for the title are Ruth Corset and Carla Ryan.
The 2010 United Cycling International (UCI) Road World Championships are being held this year in Geelong, Australia from September 29 through October 3. Geelong is located about 75 kilometers (46.6 miles) southwest of Melbourne in the southeastern most state of Victoria.
For the under-23 men’s and elite women’s time trial results click here
For the elite men’s time trial results click here
Event schedule times approximate:
Saturday October 2
Elite Women: 127.2 km (79 m) 1 pm
Sunday October 3
Elite Men: 262.7 km (163.2 m) 10 am