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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 World 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 when fellow Belgian Rik van Steenbergen chased down his teammate with Knecht glued to his wheel. Kint saw what was happening and surged away again on the final climb, but a spectator reached out and grabbed him which allowed the Swiss rider to catch and pass the angry Kint.

Kint's protests were denied and Hans Knecht rode away from the Belgians to win the World Championship.

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

WCRR 1938

WCRR 1947

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