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13th World Championship Road Race 1946

 
   
 

By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return of the World Championship Road Race

The 1946 World Championship Road Race was held in Zurich , Switzerland . The race course was 20 laps of a 13.5 km circuit that included the difficult climb of the Neubuhl each lap.

After the war, Marcel Kint (Bel) was back to face 1938 amateur champion Hans Knecht of Switzerland . The race saw Kint break away early in the race and ride solo into the closing kilometers. Kint's victory was almost assured of the win when controversy arose. Fellow Belgian Rik van Steenbergen chased down his teammate with Knecht glued to his wheel. On the final climb, Kint surged away again, but a spectator reached out and grabbed him allowing the Swiss rider to catch and pass Kint. Knecht rode away from the Belgians and won the championship.

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WCRR September 1, 1946
270 Km [ Zurich, Switzerland ]

1. Hans KNECHT (Sui) 7h24'28

2. Marcel Kint (Bel) +10

3. Rik Van Steenbergen (Bel) +59

Starters: 30
Finishers: 17
Average Speed: 36.448 km/h

 

 

 

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