Junior Men. USA’s Lawson Craddock (Hot Tubes) reached the podium of the UCI Junior Road World Championships for the second year in a row, finishing third in Offida, Italy, on Friday in the time trial.
Luxembourg’s rider Bob Jungles took the gold medal with a time of 40:05.96 seconds, dominating the race with a 27-second lead over his closest competitor, German Jasha Sutterland in second place.
Craddock, who posted the fastest split of the day at the first checkpoint, finished just over 28 seconds behind the winner.
“Anytime you get on the podium at a world championship, it’s a good result,” said Benjamin Sharp, USA Cycling’s Junior Programs Manager. “It wasn’t a course I felt suited Lawson 100 percent, and we knew it was going to be a challenge, but he paced himself well and he raced to win.”
The bronze medal follows a silver he won in 2009 in the same event. “To be in the top three in the world two years in a row is outstanding,” said Sharp. Craddock is the reigning junior men’s 17-18 USA National Champion in the time trial, road race and criterium.
The only other American to compete in the men’s time trial was Eamon Lucas (Specialized), who finished in 17th with a time of 41:58.18.
Kris Dahl posted the fastest Canadian time stopping the clock at 42:33.34 seconds, good for the 24th rank. Stewart Wight, the Canadian Road champion in Junior Men’s Time Trial, did not finish the race.
A total of 57 riders took part in the Time Trial event for the men’s race raced on a 28.5-km loop with both the start and finish in Offida. After leaving Offida, the first 3 kms were uphill, then there was a technical descent followed by the only flat stretch of 7 kms before the most challenging climb, with peaks of up to ten percent over four kms. The final ten kms were undulating.
“This was a very tough race,” said the 17-year old World Champion, “considering the difficulty of the track and the strong winds that we met at times. But I felt very strong and because this race was my main goal for the season, I’m really over the moon.” Bob Jungels is the National Champion of Luxembourg champion in both road and time trial for the past two years. This year he won a total of ten other races, many of which at international level.
Junior Women. Ukrainian rider Cana Solovei posted the fastest time of the day for the World title, stopping the clock at 21:30.36 seconds. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot of France won the silver medal trailing Solovel by a mere 5.13 seconds, while Australian rider Amy Cure took the bronze medal.
USA’s Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY 12) finished 10th with a time of 23:15.83. Teammate Jessica Prinner (ABD Cycle Club) landed in 13th, covering the 15.1-kilometer course in 23:29.36. Rivera is the 2010 road, time trial and criterium national champion in the junior women’s 17-18 division. She placed 16th in the Junior Worlds time trial last year. Prinner, who came in second behind Rivera at Nationals in the time trial, also improved upon her 2009 Junior Worlds experience, when she finished 21st in the time trial.
Annie Ewart posted the fastest time for Canada, placing 20th. She completed the 15.1 kilometres course which started in Acquaviva to finish in Offida with a time of 24:02.88 seconds. Canadian Road Jr TT Champion Julia Garnet was 23rd.
17-year old Solovel was certainly a favorite going into the race. She won the TT World Championshiops last year in Moscow and is the TT European champion for the past two years.
“It was a very demanding trial, with very technical short descents and slight uphill sections where it was difficult to find the right rhythm. My short term goal is the Track World Championship in Montichiari, while in the long term I would like to win a medal at the 2012 London Olympics.” said Solovel.
It was the second time that Ferrand-Prevot finised second in the Worlds TT, and in the European TT Championships. She is going for the rainbow jersey in the road race where she also finished second last year.
Road Race on Sunday. The UCI Junior Road World Championships will continue on Aug. 8 with both the men’s and women’s road race events on a loop course of 15.8 kms. The women will complete five laps to finish the 79-km race beginning at 10am, while the men will finish eight laps for a total distance of 126.4 kms starting at 2pm.
“Anything can happen in a road race, especially in a field of juniors this large,” explained Sharp. “There is a challenging, exposed climb with a technical descent, and it finishes on the same small hill as the TT. It is a hard course, almost 130 kilometers, so whoever wins will certainly earn the victory.”
In addition to Craddock and Lucas, the USA men’s team will include Ryan Eastman (All Sport-Team Swift), Anders Newbury (Hot Tubes), Nathaniel Geoffrion (All Sport-Team Swift) and Paul Lynch (CL Noonan-Bay Hill Capital-Corner Cycle).
“I’m confident in this team’s ability. This is a similar team to the one we had at Trofeo Karlsberg, where we won. They are a well-rounded group, and while Lawson will be the leader on the road any one of them is capable of taking the lead,” said Sharp. “If we ride smart and have the kind of day we’re capable of there’s no reason to think we won’t be in the hunt late in the race.”
In the women’s race, Rivera and Prinner will be joined by Kendall Ryan (VRC-NOW-MS Society) and Kaitlin Antonneau (Team Kenda) for Team USA.
Garnet and Ewart will be joined by Canadian Junior Road race champion Véronique Drapeau-Zgoralski and Laura Bietola. For the men’s team, Canada will be represented by Canadian Junior Road race champion Ryan MacDonald, Craig Logan, Jean-Samuel Deshaies, Frédéric Poisson, Wight and Dahl.
UCI Junior Road World Championships Men’s Time Trial (Complete results)
1. Bob Jungels (LUX) 40:05.96
2. Jasha Sütterlin (GER) +0:27.91
3. Lawson Craddock (USA) +0:28.75
17. Eamon Lucas (USA) +1:52.22
24. Kris Dahl (CAN) +2:27.38
DNF Stuart Wright (CAN)
UCI Junior Road World Championships Women’s Time Trial (Complete results)
1. Canna Solovei (UKR) 21:30.36
2. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (FRA) +0:05.13
3. Amy Cure (AUS) +0:12.30
10. Coryn Rivera (USA) +1:45.47
13. Jessica Prinner (USA) +1:59.00
20. Annie Ewart (CAN) +2:32.52
23. Julia Garnet (CAN) +2:26.28