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Junior Road Race -  Briton Lucy Garner wins gold 

Friday 23 Sept 70km (5 laps)

Race Writeup

Lucy Garner (GBR) won the Junior road race ahead of Belgian Jessy Druyts and the Danish hope for a medal Christina Siggaard.

The junior women's peloton included 9 of the top 25 riders from the 2010 championship, including Italian, Rosella Ratto. Ratto was second in 2010 and was looking to go one better in 2011. 

At the end of lap 1, a touch of wheels by Grace Alexander (USA) caused a number of riders to crash in the bunch as they were about the cross the start/finish line. Newly crowned Junior World Time Trial champion Australian Jessica Allen, placed 15th in 2010 and was expected to race well, was taken down in the crash ending her hopes for a double medal.

The junior women attacked the race right from the start. The British certainly seemed to want to stir things up early on. Amy Roberts attacked and was out alone for a lap on her own. The peloton were not far behind however. She managed a maximum gap of 18 seconds before the Danish, Russians, Italians and Dutch moved to the front to close the gap. By the time they go to start the third lap the group were back together. 

Immediately, Thi Tat Nguyrn (VIE) counter attacked. She did not stay away for long. The gap was closed. Briton Hanna Barnes countered, this time the Italians were onto her move and the attack was closed down.

The tall Dutch youngster Thalita de Jong attacked at the start of the 4th lap and managed to gain an advantage of 17seconds. Mieke Kroger (GER) gave chase and she was followed by the 2010 silver medalist Rosella Ratto. 

The pair took three other riders with them, Ingrid Drexel (MEX), Elinor Baxter (GBR) and Italian Maria Confalonieri.

With 16km to go the lone leader was back in the group and what was left of the peloton back together.

On the short climb at the back of the circuit, Ratto attacked alone. Kroger gave chase and the pair quickly worked up a lead of 53 seconds.

The chasing peloton took some time to get organised but eventually a number of riders committed to the chase. With 2km to go the leaders were in sight. 

The two tried hard to ensure that they were going to stay away but there legs said something else. With 500m to go the were swallowed up by the chase. 

Initially it looked like the win would go to the Russian Svetlana Karishina would be the likely victor. The with 150m to go Garner made her move. She moved up from 15th wheel to be in 6th with 50m to go. Then she exploded and eventually won by 5m. 

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Post Race Comments

Lucy Garner (GBR) celebrated her 17th birthday earlier this week in Copenhagen and was awarded a late present with a Gold medal. The multi-disciplined youngster was elated to have won, "I didn’t expect this. The team worked really hard and I couldn’t have asked for more from the team. They put in early attacks and I was just trying to keep sheltered during the whole race. On the last lap there were still two riders away but I did try and give it a go but it all came back together," she said at the finish. 

"At the bottom of the hill a few riders did go and I just tried to sit in because I knew that if I went early on the sprint I would blow. I felt that I timed it just right though and put my head down until the finish line," Garner said.

"On the last corner I knew that we’d caught the group and when the sprint gets going it gets pretty fast. I bided my time because I knew I couldn’t go early and with around 150 meters to go I knew it was time to go."

Jessie Druyts (BEL) was a surprised silver medalist, winning the first medal for Belgium at this years championships, "I thought the break would stay away. When I looked like it was going to come back I realised that it was a sprint and I had to be in the right position," said Druyts.

Christina Siggaard (DEN) was very happy to have won another medal for Denmark, "I was protected throughtout the race and when it came back to a sprint I knew I was in with a chance," said the tall youngster. "It was amazing riding around and seeing all of the Danish flags and people shouting for you," she added.

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Country Time Gap
1 Lucy GARNER GBR 1:46:17
2 Jessy DRUYTS BEL "
3 Christina SIGGAARD DEN "
4 Manon SOUYRIS FRA "
5 Christina PERCHTOLD AUT "
6 Sheyla GUTIERREZ RUIZ ESP "  
7 Lisa KÜLLMER GER "
8 Beatrice BARTELLONI ITA "
9 Kelly MARKUS NED "
10 Silvija LATOZAITE LTU "
11 Rossella RATTO ITA "
12 Svetlana KASHIRINA RUS "
13 Irene USABIAGA BALERDI ESP "  
14 Katarzyna KIRSCHENSTEIN POL "
15 Céline VAN SEVEREN BEL "  
16 Ingrid DREXEL MEX "
17 Larissa BRÜHWILER SUI "
18 Sophie WILLIAMSON NZL "
19 Gabrielle PILOTE-FORTIN CAN "
20 Chiara VANNUCCI ITA "
21 Jessica MUNDY AUS "
22 Ruta ZEMAITYTE LTU "
23 Anouska KOSTER NED "
24 Marthe Emilie SKJOLDEN NOR "  
25 Katarzyna NIEWIADOMA POL "
26 Lisa FISCHER GER "
27 Alina BONDARENKO RUS "
28 Rebecca TALEN NED "
29 Oriane CHAUMET FRA "
30 Madeleine ORTMÜLLER GER "
31 Amy ROBERTS GBR "
32 Anna KYVA UKR "
33 Katarzyna WILKOS POL "
34 Maria Giulia CONFALONIERI ITA "  
35 Allison RICE AUS "
36 Lourdes OYARBIDE JIMENEZ ESP "  
37 Alexandra NESSMAR SWE "
38 Elena LLORET LLINARES ESP "  
39 Thalita DE JONG NED 1:46:26 9
40 Fie Degn LARSEN DEN 1:46:27 10
41 Addyson ALBERSHARDT USA "
42 Kseniya DOBRYNINA RUS "
43 Alexis RYAN USA "
44 Marlene WINTGENS BEL 1:46:30 13
45 Rita IMSTEPF SUI "
46 Steffi LODEWIJKS BEL "
47 Alexandra CHEKINA RUS "
48 Mieke KRÖGER GER "
49 Kamilla Sofie VALIN DEN 1:46:36 19
50 Annie EWART CAN "
51 Hannah BARNES GBR 1:46:48 31
52 Elinor BARKER GBR "
53 Dalia MUCCIOLI ITA 1:46:52 35
54 Varela ERIKA MEX 1:47:35 +1:18
55 Valentine MORIN FRA 1:47:37 +1:20
56 Thi That NGUYEN VIE 1:54:11 +7:54
57 Egle POSKAITE LTU "
58 Lija LAIZANE LAT 1:54:19 +8:02
59 Felicia FERNER SWE 1:54:21 +8:04
60 Carolina RODRIGUEZ GUTIERREZ MEX 1:54:28 +8:11
61 Alizee BRIEN CAN 1:54:37 +8:20
62 Emma AHLSTRAND SWE 1:57:58 +11:41
63 Antonela FERENCIC CRO 2:00:25 +14:08
64 Iana TIGANOVA UKR "
65 Marina SHMAYANKOVA BLR 2:01:37 +15:20
66 Alicja KOMOS POL "
67 Pia Charlotte MATTER NOR 2:01:40 +15:23
DNF Urska KALAN
DNF Jenny RISSVEDS
DNF Allison BEVERIDGE
DNF Mathilde FAVRE
DNF Grace ALEXANDER
DNF Jessica ALLEN
DNF Georgia WILLIAMS

 

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