Junior Men's Road Race
Saturday, October 14, 2000, 9:00
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Plouay - Plouay, 127.4 km (9 laps)
By Jeff Jones, online editor
New Zealand have their first ever world road champion after a spriited performance by Jeremy Yates, who outsprinted Russian Vladimir Goussev and Italian Antonio Bucciero at the end of a tough, see-sawing race. Unfortunately for Goussev, his performance did not net him a second silver medal, after he was disqualified for having an illegal bike. There was some consolation in that third place went to his compatriot, Alexandr Arekeev.
With one of the largest fields in these World Championships, the junior men's race was always going to be fast and dangerous in the initial stages. Perhaps prompted by this, or perhaps trying to emulate his namesake, Bulgarian Daniel Petrov attacked on the first lap up the second climb, the Cote de Ty-Marec. He was caught just after the finish line, and the standard was set for a very high tempo. The Swiss, Dutch, Lithuanians were amongst the teams setting the early pace.
There were several falls, one of which took out Brit Andrew Allan and Spaniard Aitor Hernandez, and forcing others to abandon. One of these was Pole Peter Mazur, who fell three times in three laps, and had no chance of repeating his gold medal TT performance.
The peloton were lapping in just over 20 minutes and the attacks came often. Lap two saw Estonian Andri Lebedev in the lead but he too was recaptured after a short while. The Belorussians traded the lead, with Kanstansin Siutsou and Uladzimir Sliaptsou in front on laps three and four. At this point, the peloton were still 84 riders strong, but the pace was starting to take its toll as the rain started to fall.
On lap five, Australian Rory Sutherland (4th in the TT) managed to bridge up to Sliaptsou, and the pair held a 50 second lead for a time. The bunch were starting to get edgy at this point, with the Belgian team led by Kevin de Weert and Francesco Planckaert getting involved in the chase. They caught the escapees at the end of the fifth of nine laps.
Lap six saw Angel Garcia (Spa), Mathieu Boiché (Fra), Bernhard Kohl (Aut), Alexander Gustafsson (Swe), Daniele Colli (Ita) and Philippe Gilbert (Bel) escape, but their group shattered on the Cote de Ty-Marec. The bunch managed to regroup by the end of the lap led by New Zealander Jeremy Yates - riding without a team - and Canadian Martin Gilbert.
Then things started to heat up, as eleven riders attacked on the next lap. De Weert, Colli, Yates, Keiran Page (GBr), Lukasz Bodnar (Pol), Ashley Humbert (Aus), and Philippe Gilbert (Bel) were some of the top names that made it. However, this group was too dangerous and was caught midway through the second last lap. Coming through with one lap to go, Russian Vladimir Goussev was away with a seven second gap. He was riding his black and gold carbon fibre Basso bike, with a lowered rear triangle that came into the seat tube halfway up. It was illegal by UCI standards, but he did not realise that...yet.
On the final lap, De Weert bridged up to him and the pair had 15 seconds. On the final climb, the pack started to break up, and this was where Yates got across to them. Coming into the sprint, the peloton were almost right onto the break, but Yates pushed out to the right with 200 metres to go, to win the World Title ahead of Goussev and Italian Bucciero...
Or so Goussev thought until he received the jury's decision shortly after the race. It was a bad way to lose a medal, and the Russian had certainly earned it with his attacks on the final lap. The official ruling: "The thickness of the down chainstays (12cm) was greater than the allowed 8cm". Goussev had changed bikes to the illegal one in the pit area on lap 5.
1 Jeremy Yates (NZl) 2.59.26 (42.58 km/h) 2 Antonio Bucciero (Ita) 0.01 3 Alexandr Arekeev (Rus) 4 Kevin De Weert (Bel) 5 Tomasz Nose (Slo) 6 Pavel Broutt (Rus) 0.02 7 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) 0.04 8 Loyd Mondory (Fra) 9 Szymon Wasiak (Pol) 10 Bastiaan Giling (Ned) 11 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) 12 Karolis Volungevicius (Ltu) 13 Kevin Neirynck (Bel) 14 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) 15 Koen De Kort (Ned) 16 Caspar Austa (Est) 17 Jonas Holmkvist (Swe) 18 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita) 19 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) 20 Ashleigh Jones Nielsen (Den) 21 Andreas Dietziker (Swi) 22 Juan Pablo Velalcazar (Ecu) 23 Uladzimir Autka (Blr) 24 Martin Gratzer (Aut) 25 Martin Hebik (Cze) 26 Francesco Planckaert (Bel) 27 Andri Lebedev (Est) 28 Jonathan Patrick McCarty (USA) 29 Gilbert Obrist (Swi) 30 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) 31 Jure Zrimsek (Slo) 32 Dominique Rollin (Can) 33 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) 34 Alexander Gustafsson (Swe) 35 Martin Mares (Cze) 36 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) 37 Alexander Serov (Rus) 38 Tomasz Smolen (Pol) 39 Peter Möhlmann (Ned) 40 Gonzalo Vera Riquelme (Chi) 41 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) 42 Alexander Sergueev (Rus) 43 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) 0.08 44 Ivan Patoprsty (Svk) 0.11 45 François Parisien (Can) 46 Ashley Humbert (Aus) 47 Kasper Klostergaard (Den) 0.16 48 Hans Henrik Jorgensen (Den) 49 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) 50 Angel Garcia De Castro (Spa) 0.17 51 Nicola Scattolin (Ita) 0.19 52 Preben Van Hecke (Bel) 0.20 53 André Greipel (Ger) 0.32 54 Marius Zaleskis (Ltu) 55 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) 56 Bruno Sa (Por) 57 Nelson Pereira (Por) 58 Knut Schwanke (Ger) 59 Benn Würth (Lux) 60 Kristjan Fajt (Slo) 61 Arturs Lagzdins (Lat) 62 Sergiu Scocila (Mda) 63 Timothy Cassidy (Irl) 64 Harald Berger (Aut) 65 Uladzimir Sliaptsou (Blr) 66 Marian Hecl (Svk) 67 Martin Schmid (Ger) 68 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) 68 Olegs Melehs (Lat) 70 Jimmy Tapparel (Swi) 71 Daniele Colli (Ita) 72 Blazej Janiaczyk (Pol) 73 Tristan Valentin (Fra) 74 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) 75 Nathan Treto (USA) 76 Mark Baker (GBr) 77 Mauro Facci (Ita) 78 Rory Sutherland (Aus) 79 Lukasz Bodnar (Pol) 0.36 80 Mathieu Boiche (Fra) 0.53 81 Martin Gilbert (Can) 1.17 82 Zvonimir Pokupec (Cro) 83 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) 84 Daniel Petrov (Bul) 1.35 85 Edgar Anão (Por) 4.21 86 Daniel Casado Arranz (Spa) 4.23 87 Kilian Patour (Fra) 4.26 88 Kieran Page (GBr) 89 Walker Ferguson (USA) 4.27 90 Daniel Gysling (Swi) 8.30 91 Kalle Kriit (Est) 92 Kemal Kucukbay (Tur) 93 Philip Deignan (Irl) 94 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) 95 Jonas Blum (Swi) 96 Ola Larner (Swe) 97 Andrej Omulec (Slo) 98 Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu) 9.20 99 Gatis Kelle (Lat) 100 Mario Lexmüller (Aut) 101 Ivaylo Marinov (Bul) 102 Tyler Butterfield (Ber) 103 Christoph Schlögl (Aut) 11.08 104 Georgios Tentsos (Gre) 11.23 105 Kristian Ellertsen (Nor) 106 Rui Carneiro (Por) 107 Nicki Hjort Olsen (Den) 11.25 108 Oliver Alberto Rodriguez (Spa) 11.27 109 Aitor Hernandez Gutierrez (Spa) 12.03 110 David Heaven (GBr) 12.05 111 Milan Behunek (Cze) 12.34 112 Milan Branicky (Svk) 113 Julius Misiunas (Ltu) 14.50 114 Jacobus Odendaal (RSA) 14.57 115 Gabriel Sorin Pop (Rom) 15.10 116 Rusen Rusev (Bul) 15.11 117 Alexandr Matveev (Mda) 118 Romet Puuram (Est) 15.17 119 Wesley Cole (RSA) 16.46 120 Pavel Linet (Cze) 20.38 121 Jens Thögersen (Swe) 21.16 122 Nebojsa Jovanovic (Yug) 22.59 123 Hulusi Koseoglu (Tur) 23.46 124 Kalvis Eisaks (Lat) 23.47 125 Jacques Dahm (Lux) 23.55 126 Michael Dennehy (Irl) 24.00 DNF Magnus Mandoja (Est) DNF Vladimir Censchi (Mda) DNF Evgheni Gutalov (Mda) DNF Joao Cabreira (Por) DNF Alan Dumic (Cro) DNF Zovan Pohrebny (Cro) DNF Ivan Sever (Cro) DNF Tomislav Tadic (Cro) DNF Antonio Olmo Menacho (Spa) DNF Ronny Kremer (Lux) DNF Richard Mailliet (Lux) DNF Lucian Hugeanu (Rom) DNF Colin Armstrong (Irl) DNF Norbert Abrok (Hun) DNF Zsolt Gyepes (Hun) DNF Arpad Kaloczi (Hun) DNF Rahsaan Bahati (USA) DNF Jonathan Retseck (USA) DNF Andrew Allan (GBr) DNF Sergey Babaylov (Uzb) DNF Marat Yunusov (Uzb) DNF Peter Mazur (Pol) DNF Tigran Korkotyan (Arm) DNF Dusan Orgonik (Svk) DNF Mehmet Mutlu (Tur) DNF King Nin Lau (HKg) DNF Christopher D. Myhre (Nor) DNF Scott Atkinson (RSA) DNF Vasileios Kourmpetis (Gre) DNF Georgios Petalas (Gre) DNF Christos Tziortziotis (Gre) DNF Darrel Handson (Zim) DNF Deon Handson (Zim) DNF Robert Mcpherson (Zim) DNF Juan De La Rosa Monsivais (Mex) DNF Luis Fernmacias Hernandez (Mex) DNF Agustin Ponce Rosales (Mex) DNF Marko Spasojevic (Yug) DNF Nenad Velicic (Yug) DSQ Vladimir Goussev (Rus)* DNS Gheorghe Botosanu (Mda) *Note: 2nd finisher, Vladimir Goussev (Rus) was disqualified for having an illegal bike.