Wednesday 10 October - 11:30 - Junior Men's TT - 19.2
& start list
The 19.2 kilometre Junior Men's time trial is the first event on Day
2 of the World Championships. 73 riders will start at 1:30 intervals,
with the favourites for the event last. Finnish sensation Jukka Vastaranta
is expected to do well in this event, starting second last. He will be
chased by Belgian Jurgen Van Den Broeck. Britain's Kieran Page is another
strong chance for the gold medal. Can he emulate Nicole Cooke's performance
So far it's South African Eckard Bergh who is the pace setter, finishing
in 28:55.65 (39.83 km/h). His time will certainly be bettered but it's
a good performance nonetheless on this challenging circuit around Monsanto
Bergh's times are already under assault from USA's Tyler Farrar, perhaps
inspired by his compatriot Danny Pate's win in yesterday's U23 Men's TT.
Farrar passes the 13 kilometre check in 20:30.66, and is on track to set
the new fastest time.
And he does. Tyler Farrar comes in with 28:27.85 (40.47 km/h), the first
rider to break 40 km/h.
Farrar's time will certainly be eclipsed it seems. Swede Thomas Lövkvist
is an impressive 21 seconds quicker than the American after 4.5 kilometres.
Ukranian Vitaliy Kondrut is also up there. What can the likes of Page,
Vastaranta and Van den Broeck do?
Kondrut breaks the 28 minute barrier, again knocking 30 seconds off the
best time as he finishes.
The final 10 riders are starting now, and best time overall is still Vitaliy
Kondrut, who looks to be beaten by his teammate Oleksandr Kvachuk, who
has the best time at all the intermediate checks.
Kvachuk is almost 30 seconds quicker than Kondrut, with 27:28.74. Is it
good enough for a medal?
It could be gold, as all the riders have gone through the 4.5 kilometre
check, with Kvachuk still the fastest, followed by the Swede Lövkvist.
No sign of Vastaranta amongst the top 5 riders after the first check,
although Belgian Jurgen Van den Broeck, who was last to start, is 4th
Vastaranta posted the 12th best time after 4.5 kilometres, but is over
25 seconds off the pace already.
Kvachuk may well have this race, followed by Thomas Lövkvist. It's not
over yet, but it will take a Nicole Cooke-style performance from one of
the more fancied riders to overcome the Ukranian.
Jurgen Van Den Broeck has leapt over Kvachuk at the 13 km mark, with 19:23
compared with the Ukranian's 19:29. The Belgian is now in his stride and
looks to be the only one who can beat Kvachuk. Vastaranta and Page are
not in medal positions.
Jurgen Van Den Broeck wins it! But only just...he finishes in 27:28.30
(41.93 km/h), just 0.44 seconds quicker than Oleksandr Kvachuk. Dutchman
Niels Scheuneman rode well over the latter half of the course to pick
up the bronze medal in 27:29.08
First Check - 4.5 km
1 Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) 7.12.25
2 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) 7.17.11
3 Nikita Eskov (Rus) 7.19.32
4 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) 7.20.05
5 Niels Scheuneman (Ned) 7.22.90
Second check - 13.0 km
1 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) 19.22.84
2 Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) 19.28.71
3 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) 19.35.69
4 Niels Scheuneman (Ned) 19.38.47
5 Nikita Eskov (Rus) 19.44.20
Finish - 19.2 km
1 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) 27.28.30
2 Oleksandr Kvachuk (Ukr) 27.28.74
3 Niels Scheuneman (Ned) 27.29.08
4 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) 27.34.34
5 Nikita Eskov (Rus) 27.46.56
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