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2002 Road World Championships - CM
Hasselt-Zolder, Belgium, October 8-13, 2002
Day 2 - October 9: Junior Men Time Trial, 23.2 km
Ignatiev claims Russia's first gold
By Jeff Jones in Zolder
Mikhail Ignatiev has won Russia's first gold medal of the World Championships, taking the Junior Men's 23.3 km time trial in a time of 28'30.37. Ignatiev was one of the pre race favourites, although he did not start as one of the top 10 seeds. But when he came through to beat Australian Mark Jamieson's time by 10 seconds with 32 riders left to race, many thought that it was good enough for a medal. It turned out to be gold as none of the remaining riders got close, save for Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) who clocked 28'56.36 to finish in the bronze medal position behind Jamieson.
The 70 starters in the Junior Men's time trial enjoyed sunnier but windier conditions than yesterday, with a stiff breeze helping them along the first section by the canal, followed by cross and headwinds for the final 15 km. The course had a hill in it with 3 km to go (also part of the road race course), which many found hard after 20 km of flat out effort.
Australian Mark Jamieson started in the first half of the field, but had good legs today as he showed by setting the fastest times at the 10 and 20 km checks. He finished in 28'40.74, which at that stage was well over a minute faster than the best time.
"It was a solid race," he told Cyclingnews afterwards. "I felt sluggish in the first half but I got on top of it in the last half and that's as good as I could do on the day so I'm very happy."
"The course was actually really fast. I was surprised at how fast it was with the wind there today. I think the average speed was down a little bit from the hill and also from the wind on the first half of the circuit. I think the wind is not going to so much of a player but more whether you can spin the biggest gear."
There were still 44 riders to come at that stage, but Mark was confident that he would get a top five.
A quarter of an hour later, Russian Mikhail Ignatiev crossed in a time of 28'30.37, an average speed of 48.831 km/h. This was clearly going to be tough to beat, even though there were a lot of good riders to come. Ignatiev held onto the top position as the remaining riders struggled with the wind and the speed of the course, and one by one the favourites fell by the way.
After Italy's Vincenzo Nibali crossed in 28'56.36, the third best time, there were only five riders to come. Finnish hope Jukka Vastaranta lost 45 seconds, Slovakian Matej Jurco lost nearly a minute, Sweden's Thomas Lövkvist lost 44 seconds, USA's Tyler Farrar lost 1'08, and Dutchman Thomas Dekker, who started with five broken teeth, lost 30 seconds.
Then it was all over, and the Russian still had the best time. Mark Jamieson had held onto his second place position, with Nibali the only one of the top 10 to finish with a medal, gaining bronze.
Ignatiev was beaten by Jamieson in the Individual Pursuit at this year's Junior World Track Championships in Melbourne. He agrees the pair are likely to push each other in coming years and admitted he was motivated to reverse the Melbourne result. "Sure it was important to beat him and I knew he would be the opponent for me to beat here as I know him well after racing against him in Australia," said Ignatiev.
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1 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) 28.30.37 (48.831 km/h) 2 Mark Jamieson (Aus) 0.10.36 3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) 0.25.98 4 Thomas Dekker (Ned) 0.30.17 5 Rafael Infantino Abreu (Col) 0.39.92 6 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) 0.44.18 7 Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) 0.45.03 8 Dmitry Kozontchouk (Rus) 0.50.92 9 Roberto Traficante (Ita) 0.57.12 10 Matej Jurco (Svk) 0.58.20 11 Richard Moffatt (Aus) 1.00.43 12 Mateusz Taciak (Pol) 1.02.69 13 Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr) 1.03.17 14 Guillaume Ledinahet (Fra) 1.03.73 15 Tyler Farrar (USA) 1.07.88 16 Patryk Bonda (Pol) 1.17.41 17 Andreas Finnerup (Den) 1.23.60 18 Martin Mortensen (Den) 1.24.05 19 Thierry Hupond (Fra) 1.24.47 20 Jesper Ingevaldsson (Swe) 1.25.74 21 Huub Duyn (Ned) 1.27.11 22 Daryl Impey (RSA) 1.30.56 23 Richard Ondryas (Cze) 1.32.67 24 Aldis Abolins (Lat) 1.33.96 25 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) 1.35.34 26 Felix Gniot (Ger) 1.36.01 27 Andriy Kutalo (Ukr) 1.38.51 28 Alexey Kolessov (Kaz) 1.42.08 29 Ignas Konovalovas (Ltu) 1.43.07 30 Theo Hardwick (Irl) 1.47.83 31 Andrei Kunitski (Blr) 1.48.80 32 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) 1.49.68 33 Nicholas Roche (Irl) 1.51.36 34 Juan Carlos Fernandez Mora (Spa) 1.54.75 35 Harald Andre Moen (Nor) 1.55.70 36 José Mendes (Por) 1.57.01 37 Zakhary Grabowski (USA) 2.01.80 38 Eckard Bergh (RSA) 2.01.84 39 Ikeda Takeshi (Jpn) 2.05.40 40 Leonard Snoeks (Nor) 2.06.37 41 Peter Velits (Svk) 2.06.86 42 Badr Al-Yassien (KSA) 2.09.19 43 Gonzalo Rabunal Rios (Spa) 2.09.25 44 Arturs Ansons (Lat) 2.09.33 45 Mario Ickx (Bel) 2.12.92 46 Sergey Danniker (Kaz) 2.13.01 47 Stefan Kushlev (Bul) 2.14.19 48 Leon Makarovic (Slo) 2.19.98 49 Manuel Rhyn (Swi) 2.21.21 50 Ruslan Sambris (Mda) 2.25.94 51 Constantin Barcaci (Mda) 2.27.79 52 Egidijus Matuliauskas (Ltu) 2.29.52 53 Christopher Penketh (GBr) 2.31.22 54 Filipe Cardoso (Por) 2.31.84 55 Ryan Connor (GBr) 2.32.94 56 Bogdan Stoytchev (Bul) 2.35.86 57 Cameron Evans (Can) 2.42.58 58 Grega Bole (Slo) 2.47.39 59 Diego Diaz Pretel (Col) 2.50.54 60 Andrew Davidson (Can) 2.59.08 61 Valeriy Dmitriyev (Kaz) 2.59.28 62 Juha-Matti Alaluusua (Fin) 3.01.52 63 Andrei Hauryliuk (Blr) 3.13.27 64 Manolis Karibidis (Gre) 3.13.43 65 Abundio Guerrero (Mex) 3.28.27 66 Martin Kohler (Swi) 3.32.62 67 Michal Kollert (Cze) 3.53.54 68 Yair Caspi (Isr) 4.21.17 69 Nikolaos Kaloudakis (Gre) 5.13.81 70 Filiberto Herrera (Mex) 5.50.40