The World Championships are taking place in Ascoli Piceno, in Italy. A number of track races are followed by outdoor road races. Bart Swings took 5 medals at last year's Worlds in South Korea, and also started with big ambitions this year.
After taking a bronze and silver medal on the track, it was bull's eye for the Belgian on the first day of the road races. Swings, nicknamed "The Flash", applied the right tactics, keeping a low profile during the race, in order to emerge as the winner in the final sprint. The youngster beat Italy's Fabio Francolini and Frenchman Alexis Contin into second and third place respectively.