UCI Road World Championships: U23 Men Road Race

Slovenia's Matej Mohoric Claims Gold in Florence

On Friday September 27th Slovenia's Matej Mohoric became the first rider in history to win the junior and under-23 men's road race world titles back to back with a magnificent solo victory in Florence.

Mohoric, now 18 years old, "produced a mature and powerful performance" and will turn professional next year racing for Cannondale Pro Cycling.

The SRM Race File below was provided by Matej Mohoric, racing at 1.86m with 64kg.

U23 Mens Road Race: Matej Mohoric (Slovenia)

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Saving his energy through the first five of seven laps of the circuit, Mohoric bridged across to France's Tour de L'Avenir stage winner Julian Alaphilippe on the second last lap then dropped the Frenchman on the last ascent of the Fiesole climb for a solo challenge. -CyclingNews

"The races are hard, at least one hour longer. There are more climbs and they are more difficult. I didn't know if I was well-prepared enough to finish among the best. But during the race I saw that I had great legs. I tried and I did it." Matej Mohoric

Race Averages

Time 4:20:18 min
AVG Power 240.4 watts
AVG Heart rate 153 bpm
AVG Speed 39.75 kph
AVG Cadence 74.0 rpm
ALT Gain 2,114.0 meters
Distance 172.79 kilometers
Energy 3,755.77 kilojoules

Mohoric attacked on the penultimate passage of the steep Via Salvati climb and quickly bridged across to lone leader and pre-race favourite Alaphilippe. 

SRM Power Hour to Solo Victory

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Matej Mohoric made a powerful attack on the final ascent of the Fiesole climb and used his descending skills on the technical, fast downhill into Florence, creating a gap of 28 seconds by the time the road flattened out.

"The biggest surprise of today was definitely that Alaphilippe wasn't able to stay with me on the climb," Mohoric commented. "I looked back on the climb and I thought I'll do it as hard as I could. I once again looked back and then he wasn't there anymore."

Mohoric on descending: "You keep pedaling when you are sitting on the bars. It is fast because you are low but still pedaling. You can't put out 400W like you can when you are in the saddle but you can do 200W. It is so aerodynamic that you can go much faster."

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