What a journey this boy has had. The four-day Tour of Germany ended on Sunday, four days of rain and four days of offensive racing at world-class level, in which Justin Wolf shaped the race in the most difficult phases in leading groups. On Monday he drove 1,100km east from the final in Nuremberg to Timisoara in Romania. On Tuesday, the six-day Tour of Romania began there with the prologue, arriving in the capital Burkarest on the following Sunday. Justin Wolf finished the prologue in third place and was in the fight for the overall victory throughout the whole tour. In the end, he finished sixth overall, 13 seconds behind the leader.
10 days of cycling races, long journeys, actually enough of the strain. But the highlight was yet to come. On the following day of the Tour of Romania, the next journey was on the agenda, 1,650 km west to Trento in Italy, this time more comfortably by plane.
Justin Wolf was once again nominated for the Mixed Relay, a team time trial with female and male participants. In 2019, Justin Wolf already won the silver medal with the national team in the Netherlands, followed by gold in France in 2020. Expectations were correspondingly high.
As hosts, Italy was highly motivated and set the best time with the team around time trial world champion Filippo Ganna. Justin Wolf, together with his teammates Miguel Heidemann and Max Walscheid, managed to set the second fastest time and handed over to the three girls around the current Olympic track champion Mieke Kröger, Tanja Erath and Corinna Lechner. The girls set the fastest time of the women's teams, but could not close the gap to the Italians.
With a gap of 21 seconds, this meant the silver medal in the end. A terrific final for the hard days Justin has had. The father of two is now looking forward to going home to his family and a few days of rest before the next races with the team.