The 21-year-old from The Netherlands makes it a double: the U23 world duathlon and triathlon titles in 2016.
September 16, 2016 | NEWS|
On a day when many of his competitors were wilting in the heat, The Netherlands’ Jorik Van Egdom managed to hold off the rest of the field to take the world title in Cozumel, Mexico today.
We caught up with the very happy champion after the awards ceremony:
“The swim felt quite long … I was out of the water – I was alright, not too bad, not too good. On the bike in the first bit I felt weak, but eventually we had a good group and we caught up. Eventually, on the last two laps of the bike we got a breakaway and I felt so strong.”
“After that, the run, I tried to speed up every lap. I didn’t know if it worked, but it felt like that was what I was doing. It was alright. I gave all I had and first … it can’t be better.”
“I was so overheated, but you just can’t give up. It might be once in a lifetime, so you keep on going. It hurt … it hurt pretty bad, but it feels good.”
Huge group on the bike
One would hope it feels good. Van Egdom, who took the world U23 duathlon title earlier this summer (he was third in the elite race), too, affirming his prowess for the latter two legs of the race. After trailing the leaders by over a minute out of the water, Egdom found himself in a third group out on the 40 km bike course after a breakaway of 10 managed to get clear of the initial lead pack. By the halfway point of the bike, though, the groups had all joined together, putting 50 athletes riding together.
With one lap to go, though, Van Egdom and three others (Japan’s Ryousuke Maeda and Shiruba Taniguchi, along with Switzerland’s Sylvain Fridelance) managed to ride clear of the large pack. The break managed to open a 40 second gap heading into the run. That was more than enough for the Van Egdom, who eventually won by 21 seconds over last year’s world junior champion, Brazil’s Manoel Messias, who just eked out Hungary’s Bence Bicsak in a sprint to decide the podium placings.
Men's U23 podium Cozumel 2016
Jorik Van Egdom
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