Canadian all-rounder Leah Kirchmann earned a respectable 12th place finish at the World Championships Road Race in Bergen. In an exciting finale, Leah finished just ahead of Lucinda Brand, Ellen van Dijk and Coryn Rivera.
Even before the race started everyone was aware of how challenging it would be, with eight laps around a hilly course on the menu. The event started with several unthreatening breakaways enjoying time out front as the field completed the first few laps of the 19.1 kilometre circuit. It wasn’t until the last 50 kilometres when the race really started to heat up. With three riders up the road, Lucinda attacked on the descent of Salmon Hill to add some firepower to the breakaway. However, this escape was not to be, as the peloton deemed it too dangerous to be allowed an advantage.
The last two ascents of Salmon Hill saw big attacks from the bunch which did a good job of splitting the field. After the final climb, a group of seven containing the eventual winner went clear. In a fascinating finish, the determined bunch were able to catch the remaining members of the final break in the closing metres. In the sprint for the line, Team Sunweb had four riders in the top 20 – Leah took 12th, Lucinda was 13th, Ellen van Dijk placed 15th and Coryn Rivera crossed the line in 18th position.