Belarusian Cyclist Crowned As World Champion

On Wednesday, September 23, Vasil Kiryienka, a Team Sky rider from Belarus, was crowned a world champion in cycling after winning the Men Elite Individual Time Trial in Richmond, Virginia. He covered 53.5km in 1:02:29.42. Adriano Malori from Italy finished second at 9.08 seconds. The third place was taken by a French cyclist Jérôme Coppel at 26.62 seconds.

Kiryienka set a high pace from the start, cycling ahead of the favorites, including Tony Martin, Tom Dumoulin, Taylor Phinney, and Rohan Dennis. In the middle of the race, Adriano Malori reduced the gap between him and Kiryienka, but still lost nine seconds at the finish. Another Belarusian athlete, Kanstantsin Siutsou, ended the race in the 27th place.

2015 is a very successful year for Vasil Kiryienka as he won the gold at the European Games in Baku, as well as winning the individual time trial at the Giro d’Italia.

According to the Belarusian champion, he put a lot of effort in preparation for the time trial. He said that it was necessary for him to find the right tempo and balance, but on Wednesday he succeeded in it. Kiryienka thanked his team and dedicated the victory to it. According to the athlete, he couldn’t have won the title without the support from Team Sky.

Vasil’s teammate and the reigning Tour de France champion, Chris Froome, was among the first people to congratulate the Belarusian. In his tweet, Froome expressed his joy about the victory of Kiryienka. He wrote: ‘What a beast! KIRI nailed it!! #Richmond2015 World TT Champ!’

Earlier this week, another Belarusian was victorious in Richmond. Alena Amialiusik won the gold medal as a part of her team Velocio–SRAM.

Belarusian Cyclist Crowned As World Champion


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