The “Mount Pleasant” will play a decisive role in the men’s road competition with twelve crossings on Sunday at the World Cycling Championships in Wollongong, Australia. But it won’t be relaxing because of the 266.9 kilometers and almost 4000 meters in altitude, the winding and rhythmic city circuit does the rest.
“The harder it is, the better for me,” says Sebastian Schönberger from the Innviertel, one of the ÖRV players alongside Tobias Bayer and Felix Gall. “The course suits attackers. Maybe a small group can pull away in the final. That would be my advantage,” believes Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar, one of the big favorites alongside Belgians Remco Evenepoel, Wout van Aert and Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel.
The junior women’s road race with Daniela Schmidsberger from Vöcklabruck is already on the program today, as well as the women’s race.
With Matthias Brändle, the strong time trialist and former hour world record holder, a local professional announced the end of his career yesterday. The 32-year-old from Vorarlberg wants to work in the construction and real estate industry in the future.
Eckerstorfer was unlucky
Yesterday’s junior competition was unfortunate for Benjamin Eckerstorfer. The man from Pasching showed an active race and ended up in 17th place. And that despite the fact that he had to ride almost 130 kilometers with a completely bent handlebar after a fall on the first lap. “That really irritated and stressed me out. Actually, I had already finished the race after the fall,” said Eckerstorfer, whose former colleague from Team Auto Eder Bayern, Emil Herzog (D), was crowned world champion. (free)