The Portuguese Fábio Costa was on the run but ended, this Friday, in the 21st position in the U23 cross-country race of the cycling World Championships, won by the Italian Filippo Baroncini in Leuven, Belgium.
Baroncini, who left the main group in the final kilometres, cut the finish in isolation, spending 3:37.36 hours to complete the 161.1 kilometers between Antwerp and Leuven.
Biniam Ghirmay Hailu entered the books of the history of the World Cycling Championships, giving the first medal ever to Eritrea, being second, two seconds behind the Italian, leading the peloton.
The bronze medal went to Dutch Olav Kooij, who was part of the main group, in a race in which Italy placed three cyclists in the top-10.
Fábio Costa, who was on the run and was only caught eight kilometers from the finish, arrived in the main group, two seconds behind Baroncini, ranking 21st, as did Pedro Miguel Lopes, who was 33rd.
Carlos Salgueiro finished the race in 91st position, 9.43 minutes from the winner.
In the junior team, the Portuguese António Morgado finished in sixth place. The champion was the Norwegian Per Strand Hagenes.
With an attack about six kilometers from the goal, Hagenes managed to secure the victory, completing the 121.4 kilometers in 2: 43.48 hours, giving the first world title in the category to Norway.
Frenchman Romain Grégoire was runner-up, 19 seconds behind Hagenes, with Estonian Madis Mihkels the fastest in the sprint for the bronze medal, coming in front of a group that cut the finish within 24 seconds of the winner, where António Morgado and Gonçalo Tavares were, 22nd place.