Nils Eekhoff won the gold at the World Cycling Championships on Friday. The Dutchman was the strongest in the sprint of a small group at the road race in the British Yorkshire.

21-year-old Eekhoff, who has been a trainee for Team Sunweb since the beginning of August, was ahead of Italian Samuele Battistella (second) and Swiss Stefan Bissegger (third). Pascal Eenkhoorn finished eighth in 38 seconds.

In the road race over 173 kilometers, Eekhoff was in the final part of a group with the Colombian Sergio Higuita, who won a stage in the last Vuelta a España, and the Danish Andreas Kron.

In the final kilometer, the trio joined the four leaders and this septet sprinted for the win. Eekhoff was leading early in the sprint and seemed to be passed by Higuita, but the Dutchman fought back and held on to the finish line.

"Nils Eekhoff" is the Men U23 Road Race World Champion! # Yorkshire2019

Avatar AuthorUCI_cyclingMoment of places17: 19 - 27 September 2019

Eekhoff first Dutch world champion in promises

Eekhoff is the first Dutch world champion in the U23, which has been on the program since 1996. Thomas Dekker was until now the only Dutchman to win a medal at the road race for riders under the age of 23. In 2003 he took bronze and a year later silver.

Earlier this week, Eekhoff finished seventh in the individual time trial for promises at the World Cup. In May he won the Ronde van Overijssel.

With Eekhoff's gold, the number of Dutch medals at this World Cup comes to seven. Earlier, the Dutch team took the world title in the mixed team time trial and Anna van der Breggen (silver) and Annemiek van Vleuten (bronze) entered the podium in the time trial.

There was also silver for Enzo Leijnse and Shirin van Anrooij (junior time trial) and bronze for Lieke Nooijen (junior road race).