Fourth medal for Belgium at Cycling World Championships in Australia

Vlad Van Mechelen has taken bronze in the junior men's road race category at the 2022 World Cycling Championships in Australia. Vlad Van Mechelen’s bronze medal is Belgium’s fourth medal at the championships that are being held in Wollongong, in the Australian state of New South Wales. The Germany Emil Herzog told gold in the men’s junior race with the Portuguese rider Antonio Morgado Silber taking silver. 

Van Mechelen pushed forward in what was a tight final sprint to take bronze from what had been an almost hopeless position.

108 riders competed in the 136km junior race that took in several laps around Australian city of Wollongong. The riders climbed Mount Pleasant no fewer than 8 times. After the 6th ascent Vlad Van Mechelen was the last Belgian to be in one of the leading groups.

In the last 4 km, Herzog and Morgado were so far ahead that they could no longer be caught. However, bronze was still up for grabs and Vlad Van Mechelen gave it his all to take third place from a seemingly hopeless position. The Fleming crossed the finishing line almost a minute behind the race winner Emil Herzog.

Vlad Van Mechelen’s bronze medal is Belgium’s fourth at this year’s cycling World Championships. Previously Febe Jooris took bronze in the juniors‘ time trial, Alec Segaert  took silver in the U23 time trial and Remco Evenepoel won bronze in the time trial race for professionals.


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