Proud dad saw Bjerg take the gold medal
- It´s amazing, to get confirmation of him being one of the best in his age group, said an emotional Henrik Berg, father of Mikkel Bjerg after his son was handed the gold medal as World Champion in the U23 TT race.
Story by Øyvind Torvund
Henrik Bjerg and also Sara Bjerg, Mikkels sister, stood in the front row to witness the medal ceremony at Torgallmenninningen during Monday afternoon. The champion, only 18 years old, won the race with over a minute. Although that came as no surprise for his father.
Everything worked out perfectly
- Today he shows how strong he really is. It is not easy, especially at a championship to do it. But today everything came together perfectly, said Henrik Bjerg.
- The test results he has showed during training has implied that he could become world champion. He is a really strong cyclist, Sara Bjerg adds.
And it was at the fierce Birkelundsbakken climb that the 18-year-old really had the upper hand compared to his competitors. And it was not just a fluke.
- In Denmark there is not to many climbs to prepare in for this race. He drove up to Bergen eight days ago and spend almost all the time training in Birkelundsbakken, said Henrik Bjerg.
A father that doesn´t see himself taking any honour for the medal.
- It´s hard being a father, because you always have some ideas. But his ideas are much better than mine and he knows what it takes. I have gone from being the one planning and coordinating training, to being the father. And that was several years ago. It is great focusing on only being a father as well, says Henrik Bjerg.
We are so happy
The Danish supporters that made their way to the medal ceremony were obviously in a great mood.
- Let´s go for another gold tomorrow. We have so many talents racing both in the women´s and men´s races, said Cornelius Flemming from Esbjerg.
He and his wife are attending their fifth World Championships. And this year outperforms most.
- Bergen shows itself in the best way possible. Incredible weather and so many spectators showing up, we are so happy, says Connie Eriksen.
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