USA’s Coryn Rivera earned her first world championship medal, winning the bronze in the women’s road race at the UCI Junior World Championships Sunday in Italy. USA Men team won the Jr Nations Cup. Laura Bietola and Kris Dahl post Canada’s best results.
Junior Women. The women’s race was decided with the top three riders sprinting to the very end of the 80-km course. France’s Pauline Ferrand-Prévot crossed the finish line first, followed by Rossella Ratto of Italy and Rivera, all three showing a time of 2:31:47.
Rivera’s medal is the first scored by an American junior woman in the world championship road race since Dede Barry in 1989.
“The ladies rode spectacular,” said USA Cycling Junior Programs Manager Benjamin Sharp. “The team executed their plan to perfection. The girls did a good job of putting Coryn in the spot she needed to be and then she raced her bike well. The thing I’m most pleased with is the progression they’ve made over the last two years and that’s a product of being able to race in Europe in some of the world’s top events with our development programs and having the opportunity to work with one of the world’s best women’s coaches in Manel.”
USA’s Kaitlin Antonneau (Team Kenda) placed eighth, Kendall Ryan (VRC-NOW-MS Society) 10th and Jessica Prinner (ABD Cycle Club) 16th.
Bietola posted the best Canadian result in the women’s race with a 28th place, 5:40 behind the winner. She will also represent Canada at the Mountain Bike World Championships September 1-5 in Mont-Sainte-Anne, QC. Annie Ewart, who also competed in the Time Trial race on Friday, placed 40th, 10 minutes behind the gold medalist, while Julia Garnet placed 45th. Véronique Drapeau-Zgoralski did not finish.
The world’s best 17-18 year-old female cyclists contested five laps of an exposed 16-kilometer circuit outside Offida, Italy. Things began to get interesting on the third lap with the powerful Russia and Italian teams attacking which created a group of 25 riders off the front. Attacks flew in the lead group for the next laps and at the end of the fourth lap, 8 riders managed to escape. On the move were Ferrand Prevot and her teammate Alexia Murfat, Sarah-Lena Hofman of Germany, Rossella and her teammate Susanna Zorzi, Tatiana Shamanova of Russia, Canna Solovei of Ukraine and Rivera. Behind them, the peloton was at 12 seconds.
In the final kilometers, Shamanova attacked, then Zorzi. Following the final big climb the lead group was down to four riders leaving it all to the last 500 meters with Ferrand Prevot winning the 3-up sprint. Solovei came in fourth 2 seconds later.
After an endless run of silver medals, including the one from last Friday’s time trial, Ferrand Prevot finally won gold. “It was time,” she said in the official race release, “although I was terrified that I would come second again. The Italians were great, they controlled the race: I tried to use as little energy as possible and save myself for the sprint. It went well.”
Junior Men. France made it two. Oliver Le Gac of France took home the junior title in another close finish, stopping the clock at 3:32.5 after 128 km in the saddle. Le Gac separated himself from the leader’s peloton at the very end to take a three second lead over 14 other riders. At the photo finish, Jay McCarthy of Australia crossed the line second and Jasper Stuyven of Belgium was third.
Bronze medalist in the men’s time trial on Friday, USA’s Lawson Craddock (Hot Tubes) finished in lead group at 3 seconds behind the winner with a 14th place. Anders Newbury (Hot Tubes) and Ryan Eastman (All Sport-Team Swift) finished the grueling affair nearly three minutes later for 42nd and 47th respectively while Paul Lynch (CL Noonan-Bay Hill Capital-Corner Cycle) placed 73rd.
Kris Dahl posted the fastest Canadian time, crossing the finish line with a time of 3:36.14 for the 69th position. Craig Logan was 94th. Ryan MacDonald, Jean-Samuel Deshaies and Frédéric Poisson did not finish.
Representing 45 nations, a total of 156 of the world’s top junior men’s cyclists lined up for the 128-kilometer race Sunday afternoon. By the end of the third of eight 16-km laps, seven riders had managed to escape. Mike De Bie of Belgium, Daan Olivier of the Netherlands, Thiel Fabian of Germany, Anthony Haspot of France, Daniel Paulus of Austria, Joao Leal of Portugal and Giacomo Berlato of Italy established a gap of up to 50 seconds before being caught one lap later.
With 3 laps to go, 5 riders - once again Berlato with German Ruben Zepunkte, Australian Damien Howson, Swiss Fabian Lienhard and Norwegian Kristian Dyrnes – were off the front. The field splintered as the gap grew to 32 seconds and a chase group made contact, making it 29 riders in the lead group with 20 km to go.
Reducing to number to four, Andrea Toniatti of Italy attacked with 13 km to go and was quickly joined by Mario Vogt of Germany, Alexander Sulimov of Russia and Le Gac.
With 3 km to go, Le Gac made his move on the final climb. The almost 17-year old was able to open a slight gap and take the rainbow jersey by a few bike lengths.
Stewart Wight Update. Canadian Time Trial champion Stewart Wight crashed during Friday’s Time Trial. Wight, who was on a downhill portion of a curvaceous road, lost control of his bike rolling at speeds upward of 60 km/h. Wight sustained a partial torn of his left quad as well as a broken nose, and will miss the 2010 Youth Olympic Games scheduled for next week in Singapoure. Wight will be replaced by fellow Maritimes rider Ryan MacDonald.
Wight is expected to make a full comeback from the crash, and should resume training and racing in approximately three weeks.
American junior men ranked number one. The United States’ junior men finished on top of the 2010 UCI Junior Nations’ Cup/Coupe des Nations rankings for the first time in history. The Junior Nations’ Cup is a series of the top junior race events in the world and following all seven of the 2010 events the United States had more points than any other nation, with Russia and Australia finishing a close second and third. Last year’s group of junior boys scored the best American junior nations’ ranking to date when they finished fourth in the 2009 overall.
The seven races in the series are Paris-Roubaix Juniors, Course de la Paix Junior, Trofeo Karlsberg, GP General Patton, Tour de l’Abitibi and the Juniors World Championships Time Trial and Road Race.
Next up: Track. With the road events of the 2010 UCI World Junior Championships now completed, the spotlight now turn towards the Track Cycling World Junior Championships. The event for junior riders will kick off this Wednesday and runs to Sunday in Montichiari, Italy.
UCI Junior Road World Championships Men’s Road Race (Complete Results)
1. Olivier LeGac (France) 3:32:05
2. Jay McCarthy (Australia) +0:03
3. Jasper Stuyven (Belgium) st
14. Lawson Craddock (United States Of America) st
42. Anders Newbury (United States Of America) +3:23
47. Ryan Eastman (United States Of America) +5:09
69. Kris Dahl (Canada) +14:09
73. Paul Lynch (United States Of America) +15:07
94. Craig Logan (Canada) +26:31
DNF Jean-Samuel Deshaies (Canada)
DNF Ryan MacDonald (Canada)
DNF Frédéric Poisson (Canada)
DNF Eamon Lucas Franck (United States Of America)
DNF Nate Geoffrion (United States Of America)
UCI Junior Road World Championships Women’s Road Race (Complete Results)
1. Pauline Ferrand Prévot (France) 2:31:47
2. Rossella Ratto (Italy) st
3. Coryn Rivera (United States Of America)
8. Kaitlin Antonneau (United States Of America) +2:39
10. Kendall Cail Ryan (United States Of America) +2:41
16. Jessica Prinner (United States Of America) +2:46
28. Laura Bietola (Canada) +5:40
40. Annie Ewart (Canada) +10:59
45. Julia Garnet (Canada) +14:18
DNF Véronique Drapeau-Zgoralski (Canada)