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    Luke Plapp races to under-23 world time trial silver at road cycling World Championships in Belgium

    Australian time trial champion Luke Plapp storms to a silver medal in the under-23 individual time trial at the UCI Road World Championships at Flanders in Belgium.

    Rising Australian cycling star Luke Plapp has capped a rollercoaster couple of months with a silver medal at the UCI road world championships in Flanders, Belgium.

    The 20-year-old from Melbourne recovered from an elbow fracture last month to set the early benchmark in the under-23 time trial on Monday, averaging 52.443kph thanks to a stunning second-half ride.

    Dane Johan Price-Pejtersen was the only rider who could better his time over the flat, 30.3km course from Knokke-Heist to Bruges.

    Price-Pejtersen bested Plapp's time by just 10 seconds, riding a stunning 34 minutes 29 seconds, while Belgian Florian Vermeersch was another two seconds adrift for the bronze medal.

    It is Australia's first medal at the week-long championships.

    Carter Turnbull, Australia's other competitor in the under-23 race, finished 15th, 1 minutes, 15 second behind Price-Pejtersen.

    In late July, Plapp scored a professional deal with top British team Ineos Grenadiers, with whom he will race in the late-season Italian classics.

    The reigning Australian time trial champion then competed at the Tokyo Olympics on the track as a member of the team pursuit squad.

    Plapp came into the line-up when Alex Porter face-planted onto the track at high speed, after the handlebar snapped off his bike during Australia's qualifying ride.

    The Australians won bronze, the only medal of another disappointing Olympic track cycling campaign.

    After Tokyo, Plapp raced at the Tour de l'Avenir in France, a key stage race for emerging riders.

    But he crashed in stage one on August 14 and eventually had to pull out of the tour because of an elbow fracture.

    That restricted him to indoor cycling for several weeks ahead of the worlds, adding lustre to this podium finish.

    Australia had no representatives in the elite men's time trial, which was won by Plapp's Ineos Grenadiers teammate Filippo Ganna on Sunday.



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