World Championships - CM
Verona, Italy, September 27-October 3, 2004
Race 1 - Monday September 27: Time Trial - Junior Women, 15.75km
Commentary by Hedwig Kröner and Jeff Jones
Complete live report
Live coverage starts: 12:00 CEST
Estimated finish time: 14:00 CEST
Welcome to Cyclingnews' Live coverage of the 2004 World Championships.
Starting off this year's competitions is the Junior Women time trial, taking
place in Bardolino, Italy. It's 22 degrees, blue skies and quite still today
in Bardolino, so it's perfect conditions for time trialling.
All time trials start and finish adjacent to the lakefront at Lago di Garda
(Lake Garda), with the Junior Women completing a distance of 15.75 kilometres.
In Treviso in 1999 it was Canadian Genevičve Jeanson who won the race by eight
seconds over Trixi Worrack.
The weather in Northern Italy is fine, with plenty of sunshine on the young
riders. Axelle Doisy (Belgium) is starting now, with the upcoming junior women
getting warmed up on the trainers.
The girls are riding at about 38 km/h on the parcours in a clockwise direction
from Bardolino (68m alt.), up to the course's highest point at Cavalon Veronise
(176m alt.). From here, they turn right, dropping downwards into Calmasino before
taking another right at Lazise (71m alt.), which brings them back along the
seafront for a fast, flat-out run back to the start/finish line via Cisano (67m
The first rider to depart, Mayuko Hagiwara (Japan) reaches the finish with 24.38.
The junior women get into the finish fast, and the average speed is growing
quickly, now at nearly 40 km/h.
Irina Zemlyanskaya (Russia) now holds a new best time with 23.27.
Some of the women do not even compete with a TT bike.
Luydmila Zakirova (Russia) is starting now, leaving six riders to go, including
Sabine Fischer (Germany). The defending champion also won a bronze medal at
the U23 road race in Hamilton last year.
Roxane Knetemann (Netherlands) is departing now, the daughter of Gerrie Knetemann.
Sabine Fischer, 17 years old, is pushing down the start ramp now being the last
rider to go.
The Russian rider Irina Zemlyanskaya' time of 23.27 is still the one to beat.
With 23.33, Emmanuelle Merlot (France) gets second.
Amanda Spratt (Australia) has set a new best: 22.19!
Roxane Knetemann (Netherlands) is competing in Rabobank colours, the National
sponsor, on a T-Mobile bike.
Tereza Hurikova (Czech Republic) is now heading the classification with 22.14.
0.55 back, is Marianne Vos (Netherlands). She is now third at the finish.
Alexandra Sontheimer (Germany) gets in at 1.01 from Tereza Hurikova. It is already
her 11th World Championship.
22.19 for Rebecca Much (USA), that gets her the second placing now.
Fischer is fifth at the intermediate time check on km 10.6.
It will be very close for Amanda Spratt (Australia), with only 0.3 seconds between
2nd and 3rd. Spratt might be pushed out of a medal, when the favourites get
Rebecca Bertolo (Italy) gets only a 14th place.
Marie Lindberg (Sweden), with 23.43, is also out of medal reach.
The last riders to get in: Karen Verbeek (Belgium) at 23.53.
And Sabine Fischer (Germany) is hammering the last few hundred meters, and gets
a fourth placing.
Tereza Hurikova (Czech Republic) is the winner for the Junior Women TT in Bardolino!
She looks very happy, sitting at the finish with Rebecca Much (USA)and Amanda
Spratt (Australia), silver and bronze medals.
1 Tereza Hurikova (Czech Republic) 22.14
2 Rebecca Much (USA) 0.05
3 Amanda Spratt (Australia)
4 Sabine Fischer (Germany) 0.51
5 Marianne Vos (Netherlands) 0.55
6 Roxane Knetemann (Netherlands) 1.00
7 Alexandra Sontheimer (Germany) 1.01
8 Irina Zemlyanskaya (Russia)
the commentary team