Lennard Kämna attacks to second at U23 Road Race World Championships


Lennard Kämna Max Kanter Joris Nieuwenhuis

Lennard Kämna rode to an impressive second place at the Under-23 Road Race World Championships in Bergen. In the closing stages of the 191KM race the young German attacked on the toughest hill and stayed clear of the peloton with another rider. 

The day started with several small groups going clear on the 19.1 kilometre circuit. Over time they came together to form a twelve-man breakaway which enjoyed a lot of time out front, though never held a convincing lead. Throughout the early stages of the race, Lennard, Max Kanter and Joris Nieuwenhuis positioned themselves out of trouble in the peloton. As the race headed into the final 50 kilometres, the peloton became very active with numerous threatening attacks being chased down. A strong breakaway remained out front with two laps of the hilly circuit remaining.

Having already tasted glory in the Team Time Trial on Sunday, Lennard was hungry for more. At 12km to go, he saw his chance and attacked solo from the peloton on on a sharp climb and quickly bridged across to the small group. Not happy to wait around, he continued to push hard on Salmon Hill and immediately left the rest of the breakaway behind. Over the top of the climb Lennard established a strong advantage over the chasing peloton, before being joined by another rider at the bottom of the descent. Without hesitation the duo worked together to maintain their advantage through the harbour, where a sprint for the line saw Lennard take the silver medal. In the bunch kick, Max sprinted well to take 7th, making two top-10 finishes for Team Sunweb.