• Mikkel Bjerg of Denmark during the Imen's under 23 27.8km ITT at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships (Getty) (Velo)Source: Velo
The Netherlands grabbed the first rainbow jersey of this year's UCI Road World Championships after Rozemarijn Ammerlaan came home the fastest in the women's junior ITT while defending champ Dane Mikkel Bjerg took back-to-back wins in the men's under 23 ITT.
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25 Sep 2018 - 7:37 AM  UPDATED 25 Sep 2018 - 10:41 AM

Ammerlaan nudged out Italy's Camilla Alessio who sat in the hot seat for the best part of an hour, the Dutch youngster coming home seven seconds faster on the 19.8km course. GB's Elynor Backstedt - the daughter of former pro cyclist and Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Bäckstedt - rounded out the podium. 

“There are no words," Ammerlaan said immediately after the race, adding a bit more in the later press conference.

WATCH: women's junior ITT

“Two weeks ago I raced against some of my adversaries, so I knew I was in good shape. It’s great to race as a Dutch rider because you can learn a lot from the Elite champions who are the best in the world.

"In the summer we came here together to ride the time trial and the road courses. We did some training camps as a team. We get a lot of support which paid off today and I hope to have a good future in the Elite ranks next year.”

Australia's Sarah Gigante and Anya Louw finished the day 15th and 16th respectively.

Chilean Carmen Soto who races for Aussie domestic team Holden Gusto finished 14th. 

 

 

How to watch the worlds with us
The hills are alive with the sound of...road bikes and cheering! The 2018 UCI Road World Championships kick off in Innsbruck, Austria this weekend with our coverage starting Monday 24 September including the main events - the women's (Sat 29 Sep 2000 AEST, on Viceland from 2255) and men's (Sun 30 Sep 1730 AEST, on Viceland from 2305) road races.

Men's under 23 ITT

WATCH: Men's under 23 ITT

Defending under 23 ITT world champion, Denmark's Mikkel Bjerg backed it up again for this year's title, dominating second placed Brent van Moer (Belgium) by 33 seconds. He also bested compatriot and bronze medallist Mathias Norgard on the 27.8km course by 38 seconds, his almost brother-in-law. 

“The course suited me really well," Bjerg said. “It was similar to Bergen, shorter but more explosive. We worked with our coach to be able to go really hard on the climbs and recover for being fast on the flat at the end."

Bjerg said despite the result going his way, there will be no totes awks feelings at family gatherings.

"Mathias and I train a lot together. I’m engaged to his sister. A good training environment has paid off today. Normally at the end of the season, it’s hard mentally, but we were able to push each other to perform this late.”

Aussie Callum Scotson performed strongly, finishing 10th. 

 

How to watch the worlds with us
The hills are alive with the sound of...road bikes and cheering! The 2018 UCI Road World Championships kick off in Innsbruck, Austria this weekend with our coverage starting Monday 24 September including the main events - the women's (Sat 29 Sep 2000 AEST, on Viceland from 2255) and men's (Sun 30 Sep 1730 AEST, on Viceland from 2305) road races.