• Denmark's Mads Wurtz Schmidt (AAP)Source: AAP
Mads Wurtz Schmidt of Denmark won the under 23 time trial title at the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia.
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Cycling Central

22 Sep 2015 - 6:51 AM  UPDATED 22 Sep 2015 - 9:46 AM

Wurtz Schmidt was on of the earliest starters and sat in the hot seat for an hour and a half before his victory over the German pair of Maximillian Schachmann and Lennard Kamna.

“I was shaking for the last one and a half hours and still am. I just can’t believe what I achieved,” Schmidt said. “I went hard on the first part, and then I took it a bit easy on the way out the first time, then I went full gas on the headwind on the way back."

He finished 12 seconds ahead of Schachmann, who was also an early starter. Kamna finished third at 21 seconds, his effort blunted when rain and wind rolled over the 30km Richmond course.

Australia's Miles Scotson finished seventh overall, 41 seconds behind Wurtz Schmidt. He was in a medal position through the time check at 18km but a machanical issue with his chain slowed his effort and may have contributed to the placing.

"Coming over the finish line for the first time to start my second lap, I heard that I was third fastest," Scotson said. "That's when I ramped it up by about 20 watts. Unfortunately the chain got jammed around five kilometres into the second lap.

"I didn't want to stop but when I wasn't able to get the chain unlocked on my own, I didn't really have a choice, I pulled over for help. The mechanic was super fast. He knew exactly what had happened and how to address it. I was back on the bike within 15 seconds."

American Gregory Daniel, Sean McKinnon (CAN) and Nathan Van Hooydonk of Belgium all took turns on the hot seat before Wurtz Schmidt placed himself there permanently.

Junior women's bronze for Australia

Earlier in the day Chloe Dygert, of the United States won the junior women's 15km time trial ahead of compatriot Emma White and Australian Anna-Leeza Hull.

“I didn’t think the wind was that strong before I started,” Hull said. “It was a little bit of a shock. It was buffeting me a lot. I knew I had to try to get my cadence up as high as possible and push as hard as I could go.

“I had a lot of time to make up, but I was confident that I could do that in the technical section and into the uphill.

“I’m really happy right now, I think when it sinks in, I’ll be even more proud."

SBS will broadcast the elite women’s time trial on Wednesday 23 September from 3:20am AEST on SBS/HD with streaming available right here on the Cycling Central website.