Dideriksen clinches world road race DOHA: Denmark’s Amalie Dideriksen was the surprise winner of the women’s road race event at the world championships here on Saturday.
The 20-year-old stunned one of the pre-race favourites, Kirsten Wild on the finishing line in a sprint finish to take the coveted rainbow jersey.
“I think it is a surprise for everybody,” she said immediately afterwards. “I know I am OK in the sprint, but taking the world championship is unbelievable.”
Finland’s Lotta Lepisto took third, with defending champion Lizzie Deignan of Britain finishing fourth.
The tight finish looked set to deliver gold for Wild after work by her Dutch teammates set up for a finish 300m from the line.
But she was pipped at the end by Dideriksen who finished the 134-kilometre course in a time of 3hr 10min 27sec. Dideriksen is a former junior world road race champion, winning in 2013 and 2014.