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(FRA) won the Junior Individual Time Trial ahead of two Australians,
Alexandria Nicholls and Alexandra Manly.
second to start and fastest across the line in a time of 22 minutes
45.32seconds. She had a long wait in the hot seat before she was joined by
team mate Alexandra Manly. Eraud was the last to start. The current
European Junior champion was slower at the 8.5km mark, she was sitting in
4th place. In the last 500m it looked like she would be second, but pulled
out a couple of seconds on the line, finishing in a time of 22 minutes
(FRA) was a very happy winner. "I was an
amazing ride for me, it is fantastic, I can't believe I have gold,"
said Eraud. "It's
a great pleasure. I wasn't really expecting this, so I'm very happy. I
prefer time trials with climbs, but this was hard because there weren't
many places that you could recover.". "Julien told me that I was
fourth, so I knew. But I gave it everything at the end and it worked. To
find the strength? It's in the head. You have to give it all you've got.
You have nothing to lose."
Nicholls (AUS) was very happy with her medal, "I came into the
race not really expecting a medal at all." said Nicholls. "Medalling
is such a bonus. The
fact that I'm just missed out on gold does not really worry me. standing here.
The fact that I got a silver is absolutely
bewildering to me. To come away with a medal is just a dream come true."
Waiting in the
hot seat for over one hour, Nicholls could not quite believe she was there
so long, "I waspretty surprised that I was not kicked out
earlier to be honest. I did not expectto get silver at all. I kept watching the riders finishing and
I kept thinking,
wow, I get to stay here at bit longer, I did not expect to stay there that
long at all," added Nicholls.
Manly (AUS) was equally surprised by the result. "It's
absolutely amazing just to be here." said Manly. "I'm just so
happy and have the chance to share it with Alex, I can't quite believe it."
Junior ITT champion did not know what to expect, "We had been
training on he course and I thought it was going to be fast, it had some
nice turns and we had been practicing.
When I saw my time and that I was in second, I could not quite believe it.
We just wanted each other to do the best we could and we did," added Manly.
Australians will be joined by The Oceania ITT Champion Emily McRedmond for
the road race. McRedmond finished 32nd in the ITT..
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