It’s one thing to win a World Championship anytime in one’s career, it’s almost unheard of to win a second, back-to-back, World Championship. All before you’re 21 years old. Which is precisely what Mikkel Bjerg did last year at the 2018 U23 Time Trial World Championships in Innsbruck-Tirol, Austria. He is the first rider in history to repeat in the event.
Bjerg described the feeling as “unbelievable.” His entire season had been dedicated to preparing to defend his World title. His arrival ten days before the race so that he could ride the course over and over again proved his determination. It paid off.
If winning a second World Championship was not enough, the 20-year-old Dane set a new Danish record while attempting the hour record. He finished 796 meters short of Sir Bradley Wiggins’ World Record. And thus, a new goal emerged for 2019: beat the hour record.
|2nd||Chrono des Nations|
|2nd||Chrono Champenois Masculin International|
|15th||Gylne Gutuer GP|
|21st||National Championships Denmark - Road Race|
|2nd||National Championships Denmark - ITT|
|40th||Giro Ciclistico d'Italia|
|3rd||Stage 9b (ITT)|
|33rd||Grand Prix Priessnitz spa|
|60th||Amgen Tour of California|
|6th||Stage 4 (ITT)|
|134th||Le Tour de Bretagne Cycliste - Stage 1|
|110th||Arno Wallaard Memorial|
|0th||Danilith Nokere Koerse|
|1st||Rabobank Dorpenomloop Rucphen|
Harrogate, England - Mikkel Bjerg became the first rider in history to win the U23 Time Trial World Championships three times in a row on Tuesday. The Hagens Berman Axeon rider, while competing for his home country of Denmark, bested teammate Ian Garrison by twenty-six seconds to take the...
Tournai, Belgium - After his 2nd place finish in Stage two’s time trial, Mikkel Bjerg held the yellow race leader’s jersey through Sunday’s final stage to win the general classification title at Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux. Additionally, the Hagens Berman Axeon Cycling Team captured its...
Innsbruck, Austria - While competing for his home country of Denmark, Mikkel Bjerg of the Hagens Berman Axeon Cycling Team won his second U23 World Championship title in the individual time trial on Monday. Bjerg is the first rider in history to repeat in the event.
“It’s unbelievable,” said...