World Road Championships - CM
Salzburg, Austria, September 20-24, 2006
Results & report
Race 4 - September 23: Under 23 men's road race, 177.2km
Live Commentary by Jeff Jones, with additional reporting from Hedwig Kröner
and Kristy Scrymgeour
Live coverage starts: 09:00 CEST
Estimated finish: 13:40 CEST
Welcome to Salzburg for our live
coverage of the U23 men's road race, the first event in this weekend's very
packed schedule. The race involves eight laps of the 22 km road circuit for
a total of 177.2 km, and features two climbs per lap. If the U23s race like
they usually do, then we'll see the bunch in pieces before too long.
The field of 177 - one for every
kilometre - has started the race. Only Hannachi Addelbasset (Algeria) did not
take the start.
The weather this morning is cool
and foggy, but we should some sun soon and the skies will clear.
09:37 CEST 24km/153.2km to go
There has been
an attack from Russian Mikhail Ignatiev. He steams through the start/finish
at the end of the first lap, having completed the circuit in 29'46 (44.5 km/h).
The main bunch comes in 1'12 later.
09:45 CEST 33km/144.2km to go
Meier has set off in pursuit of the Russian, and is 40 seconds behind as we
near the midpoint of lap 2.
Italian U23 director Sylvio Martinello
was debating whether to let his riders use radios today. He said that they want
to build up their riders to have more responsibility and develop race instinct.
Meier can't close the gap to Ignatiev,
but now Colombian Fabio Duarte tries. He's 1'10 behind the Russian, with the
field another 25 seconds back.
Danish rider Chris Anker Sorensen
is out of the race after crashing on the first lap. He wasn't too badly hurt,
but he has plenty of bruising and abrasions.
10:05 CEST 45km/132.2km to go
The riders have
completed the second of eight laps, with the lone Ignatiev now 40 seconds ahead
of Duarte, and 1'45 ahead of the main field. An Australian rider is leading
the chase, and there are already a few splits in the bunch.
Impey (RSA) had to chase after a puncture.
10:10 CEST 50km/127.2km to go
The attacks ease
off in the bunch, with the gap still 1'40 to Ignatiev. The Russian has a very
low position, and almost looks like he's riding his TT bike. He finished second
in the time trial on Wednesday after winning it the previous year. But he said
he wasn't concentrating on it specifically this year.
10:23 CEST 59km/118.2km to go
We're on lap three,
and Ignatiev stretches his lead to 50 seconds over the Colombian Duarte, while
the bunch eases off the tempo and is at 2'45. But there are more attacks...
a group of three, containing a Dutch rider, is in pursuit.
One of the Austrian riders who was
allowed to start, Norbert Dürauer, was sitting on a heart rate of 189 bpm as
he rode up the first climb. It's not easy out there.
10:31 CEST 64km/113.2km to go
The chasing group
has caught Duarte, and now consists of Duarte, Robert Gesink (Netherlands),
Anatoliy Pakhtusov (Ukraine), and Simon Clarke (Australia).
is 2 km from the finish of the third lap.
10:33 CEST 66km/111.2km to go
the third lap in 31'03, an average of 32.8 km/h. The chasers are now six, with
Andrei Kunitski (Belarus) and Pierre Rolland (France) joining after a chase.
Their gap is 29 seconds, with the peloton at 56 seconds. It's very aggressive
10:38 CEST 69km/108.2km to go
(Italy) has bridged up to the break, as has one of the Polish riders. They catch
Ignatiev at last.
Thomas Frei (Switzerland) is another
member of the leading breakaway.
José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Portugal)
has a puncture, and gets a not that great wheel change and is on his way again.
10:42 CEST 72km/105.2km to go
The pace slows
in the bunch as Nicolas Maes (Belgium) attacks to stir things up. The gap is
only 10 seconds as they start the first climb. Maes just rides tempo, then another
Italian attacks: Francesco Gavazzi. He is with Josef Hugler (Austria), who is
sitting on 166 bpm and easily closes the gap to the break.
The Italians are keeping the speed
up in the front, as the peloton gradually comes back to the break. Gavazzi hammers
with Gesink on his wheel. The break is more or less caught.
10:47 CEST 75km/102.2km to go
The peloton takes
the first descent, with a French rider attacking on the next little climb. He
gets a small gap. It's Pierre Rolland (France), who was in the earlier break.
He's caught by one of the Czechs.
The Czech rider is Leopold Konig,
but the Italians lift the pace on the second steep climb up from Tiefenbach
and it's back together. Not for long: A Frenchman - Romain Feillu, Italian -
Dario Cataldo, and Dutchie - Robert Gesink, go clear. This is very hard racing!
10:54 CEST 80km/97.2km to go
The break starts
to work as Cataldo takes off his arm warmers. In the bunch, the three teams
represented up front slow things down.
10:57 CEST 84km/93.2km to go
There are more attacks
in the bunch as one of the Irish riders tries to get a counter going with a
10:59 CEST 86km/91.2km to go
(Norway) punctures and gets a slow wheel change from the neutral service.
Meanwhile, the three breakaways are getting closer to the end of the fourth
lap. They're working well together, and the tempo is high.
11:01 CEST 88km/89.2km to go
The Dutch and Italians
are doing their best to slow things down in the bunch, which is under the 1
km to go mark at the end of lap 4.
11:03 CEST 89km/88.2km to go
The leaders reach
the end of lap 4 with a big crowd here at the finish line. Gesink is first across
the line. That lap was done in 30'10 at 44.05 km/h. The overall average is 43.5
The peloton cruises across at around 50 seconds.
11:07 CEST 92km/85.2km to go
The rear of the
bunch is strung out as it goes through the team box area at the start of lap
5. Plenty of feeding going on here. The Italians and Dutch are back on the front,
blocking. Piotr Zielinski (Poland) sits last wheel and eats some food.
The Russians rather at the front, but are not chasing yet.
11:10 CEST 95km/82.2km to go
and Gesink get to the start of the first climb with 43 seconds. Gesink (who
rides for Rabobank Continental) bears more than a passing resemblance to his
ProTour teammate Michael Rasmussen.
Now the Russians are chasing as the
road begins to climb and the break has 1'10. Things string out again, and this
is going to start to hurt a few legs soon. Despite the climbs, it's still a
11:13 CEST 96km/81.2km to go
The Spanish are
also helping out with the chase. Last year's world champ, Dmytro Grabovskyy
(Ukraine), shows himself near the front in fifth place.
The gap comes
down to 42 seconds quite quickly.
11:15 CEST 98km/79.2km to go
Aside from Gesink,
who has had some very good results this year, and obviously Grabovskyy, look
out for Branislau Samoilau (Belarus), who is a very good climber.
Spain and Russia continue to set the tempo in the bunch as the three leaders
take the first little descent.
11:18 CEST 99km/78.2km to go
The rear of the
bunch strings out again as it goes through the narrow streets. The Spanish and
Russians are getting help from the Swiss and Colombians to chase.
11:20 CEST 101km/76.2km to go
Gesink powers the
break up the Tiefenbach climb, setting a nice tempo and pedaling easy. The bunch
is also on the climb, having flown down the descent. They can see the break
just ahead. It is caught.
11:21 CEST 102km/75.2km to go
One of the Spanish
riders leads a few more up to the break, and rides hard all the way up and over
the top of the Tiefenbach climb. A French rider counters, and is gradually caught
by a group of 12 or so. Lars Boom is with him.
The bunch is totally strung out on
the descent as rider after rider attacks. Let's see who can establish a gap...
11:23 CEST 105km/72.2km to go
The pace is really
on in front and the bunch is in the longest line you could imagine. Ok, maybe
not that long, but it's a couple of hundred metres, at least.
11:26 CEST 107km/70.2km to go
The bunch exits
the main road, turns left and heads back towards Salzburg. The attacks continue,
trying to get a gap. It's not easy.
One of the Colombians attacks with
Suray (Belgium) and a French rider.
The Colombian rider wants to keep
the pace up to establish the gap. The French and Belgian rolls through, but
there are counter attacks behind.
11:30 CEST 110km/67.2km to go
A Danish rider
joins, then a group of about five as the pace lifts coming into town. All together.
11:31 CEST 112km/65.2km to go
The Dane counter
attacks with 1 km to go to the end of the lap, but can't get a gap as everyone
is strung out in pursuit.
11:34 CEST 113km/64.2km to go
The bunch hits
the finish straight with Kolesnikov (Russia) attacking with Stamsnijder (Netherlands).
That lap was 30'29 at 43.597 km/h. The overall average is 43.516 km/h. The pace
slows at the start of lap 6, and Matt Goss (Australia) comes up to the front.
11:37 CEST 113.2km/64km to go
(France) is the next to attack, with Matt Goss, Stamsnijder, Laurent Didier
(Luxembourg) getting a chase going. No nice. The Frenchman is still alone. Kristoffer
Gudmund Nielsen (Denmark) and Anatoliy Pakhtusov (Ukraine) are in pursuit.
11:39 CEST 115.2km/62km to go
Nielsen joins Morizot
out in front, but the bunch is coming back to them led by the Spanish and Australians.
Nielsen and Morizot hammer up the
first climb as Thomas Frei (Switzerland) sets off in pursuit. He puts in a long,
out of the saddle attack and has TT winner Dominique Cornu for company.
11:45 CEST 118.2km/59km to go
Four leaders: Florian
Morizot (France), Kristoffer Gudmund Nielsen (Denmark), Dominique Cornu (Belgium),
Thomas Frei (Switzerland). A Colombian, Latvian, Dutchman (Langeveld) and Slovenian
(Spilak) are chasing the them over the top of the climb.
it going while the others prefer to wait for the chasers.
Gatis Smukulis (Latvia) tries to
close the gap, but fails. Cornu is driving it with Nielsen, then the other remaining
five chasers very close.
11:49 CEST 123.2km/54km to go
Cornu and Nielsen
tackle the Tiefenbach (Gschaiderberg) with Florian Morizot (France), Thomas
Frei (Switzerland), Sebastian Langeveld (Netherlands), Simon Spilak (Slovenia),
and Edwin Arnulfo Parra Bustamante (Colombia) in hot pursuit.
11:50 CEST 124.2km/53km to go
There are problems
in the peloton as people drop chains and cause general chaos. The bunch catches
four of the five chasers, while Spilak gets across to Cornu and Nielsen.
11:52 CEST 125.2km/52km to go
Three leaders ahead
of a very strung out peloton. One of the Colombians is in pursuit of the break,
and has company as the peloton splits on the descent. An ITalian is driving
Nielsen misses a turn as he grabs something to it.
11:54 CEST 127.2km/50km to go
Spilak does a strong
turn on the descent with Cornu and Nielsen rolling through. There are eight
riders chasing, including Langeveld and Malacarne, but they will be caught it
11:57 CEST 129.2km/48km to go
The three leaders
have 30 seconds on the bunch as they tackle the very small hill near the finish.
12:00 CEST 131.2km/46km to go
The chase group
with Malacarne and Langeveld is closing down on the three in front. We could
have a group of 11 at the front soon. Yes, the junction is made.
Kristoffer Gudmund Nielsen (Denmark), Simon Spilak (Slovenia), Dominique Cornu
(Belgium), Sebastian Langeveld (Netherlands), David Malacarne (Italy), Stefan
Denifl (Austria), Rene Mandri (Estonia), Lars Petter Nordhaug (Norway), Cyril
Gautier (France) are among the breakaways.
12:02 CEST 132.8km/44.4km to go
The break reaches
the end of the sixth lap. Just 44 km to go now, and the race is at an interesting
The lap time was 29'21(!) 45.281 km/h, with the overall average
12:03 CEST 134.2km/43km to go
The bunch is led
by the Italians across the line, at 40 seconds behind the break. There is one
Italian rider in the break, but it's probably not the right one.
The full composition of the leading group: Kristoffer Gudmund Nielsen (Denmark),
Nazareno Rossi (Switzerland), Simon Spilak (Slovenia), Dominique Cornu (Belgium),
Sebastian Langeveld (Netherlands), David Malacarne (Italy), Stefan Denifl (Austria),
Rene Mandri (Estonia), Lars Petter Nordhaug (Norway), Cyril Gautier (France),
Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Colombia).
12:07 CEST 137.2km/40km to go
Two Italians are
leading the bunch now, so they obviously don't have a great deal of confidence
in Malacarne's abilities. He was junior 'cross world champion a few years ago.
12:11 CEST 139.2km/38km to go
One of the Brits
is working with the Italians on the front of the bunch. They have Mark Cavendish
as their gun sprinter, and this race - although hard - could still end in a
bunch sprint. The gap to the break is 30 seconds.
lifts the pace on the climb, causing a small split in the break, but it comes
back together. The bunch is coming up fast.
Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spain)
sets a strong tempo in the bunch, but doesn't get any cooperation from the Italian
on his wheel.
In front, Spilak, Mandri and Rubiano gap the break.
12:14 CEST 140.2km/37km to go
The break has shattered
now as Cornu and Langeveld close to the three in front.
12:17 CEST 141.2km/36km to go
Simon Spilak (Slovenia),
Dominique Cornu (Belgium), Sebastian Langeveld (Netherlands), Rene Mandri (Estonia),
and Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Colombia) are the leaders, with Branislau Samoilau
(Belarus) bridging across to the remnants of the break over the top of the first
12:20 CEST 143.2km/34km to go
Malacarne and Nielsen
bridge across to the five in front on the Gschaiderberg, with Branislau Samoilau
leading Denifl, Nordhaug and Rossi in pursuit. The bunch is at 50 seconds.
The leaders work over the top of
the climb, which is a false flat before the descent back into town starts. Branislau
Samoilau has dropped the rest of the chasers and is about 20 seconds behind
12:24 CEST 145.2km/32km to go
Cornu is having
another good ride today, and is doing a lot of the work. Malacarne is swinging
off the back, trying to stay in contact but not do any work.
12:26 CEST 146.2km/31km to go
Samoilau is going
to have a tough time getting up to the front group, but he's got a chance. The
counter attacks are starting in the peloton now, but the gap is almost a minute.
12:30 CEST 154.2km/23km to go
Samoilau is closing
in on the break at 10 seconds. The bunch sits at 1'05 seconds. The leaders look
back and see a reinforcement.
12:31 CEST 155.2km/22km to go
One of the Aussies
is leading the pursuit, and the bunch is picking up some of the gap. Samoilau
is almost on the leaders. He closes the gap just before 1 lap to go. Nice riding.
They get the bell! Will the world
champ be one of these riders?
That lap was ridden in 30'16 (43.9
km/h) for an overall average of 43.8 km/h. There's a bit of shoving in the bunch,
which has closed the gap to just 30 seconds!
12:35 CEST 157.2km/20km to go
The break rides
up past the team boxes with Samoilau taking Langeveld and Mandri with him in
a counter attack.
12:37 CEST 159.2km/18km to go
the gap to the three in front, while the other four in the break try to close
The Germans are riding hard in the bunch for their main
12:39 CEST 160.2km/17km to go
The four leaders
are working hard, but the bunch is right on their wheels. They sit up. Could
this be a bunch sprint? There's still a couple of climbs to come.
12:40 CEST 161.2km/16km to go
Langeveld is the
last rider in front, and because he has two teammates in second and third wheel
in the bunch, he might stay away for longer.
As the first climb steepens a bit,
Langeveld is caught. A Polish rider counters - Maciej Bodnar, then explodes.
Matt Goss is sitting last wheel, not really a place you want to be at this stage
of the bike race.
A Belgian is the next to attack,
but it goes nowhere. The bunch is in a long line. Stamsnijder counters and gets
Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium) for company. He goes over the top hard. The bunch
gives them a gap.
12:44 CEST 163.2km/14km to go
bridges the gap and does a really hard turn. A fourth rider is coming up to
them, with the bunch very close.
It's hard to get a gap. The peloton
strings out over the top of the first climb and the attacks continue. A Colombian
powers away past the second lot of team boxes.
12:47 CEST 164.2km/13km to go
One of the German
riders gets to the front to keep the pace up for Ciolek. It's Tony Martin. They
have Ciolek in fourth wheel, and he's not a guy you want to have to beat in
a bunch sprint.
12:49 CEST 165.2km/12km to go
They hit the Gschaiderberg
for the last time, and the attacks are constant. Gavazzi puts in his big move,
but can't get a big gap. They go over the top with six men, including a German,
Vanendert (Belgium), a Dutchman and a Russian.
12:50 CEST 166.2km/11km to go
The Russian is
Alexander Khatuntsev, and he continues the attack on his own.
the back of the bunch, Brandon Crichton (Canada) crashes after being bumped
by a support car. He's not happy, waiting for a spare.
12:52 CEST 168.2km/9km to go
the corner a bit too wide halfway down the descent, but he keeps his gap. He's
powering along towards the finish, with five riders in pursuit. The German isn't
working with them, while the French rider tries to get everyone else to roll
The five have to avoid a race moto
that has crashed on the descent.
Gerald Ciolek is the German in
the chase group!
12:54 CEST 170.2km/7km to go
The leader is caught,
and Feillu (France) tries to keep them rolling over. The bunch is only 5 seconds
back. Looks like a bunch sprint.
12:55 CEST 172.2km/5km to go
The break contains
Alexander Khatuntsev (Russian Federation), Jelle Vanendert (Belgium), Francesco
Gavazzi (Italy), Gerald Ciolek (Germany), Romain Feillu (France), Robert Gesink
(Netherlands). It's high powered, and it could stay clear.
Gesink forces the pace with a big
turn, and the bunch loses ground, maybe 10 seconds now.
Now they're looking at each other,
as Ciolek rolls through for his turn. Vanendert is frustrated that the rest
aren't working. It's too soon to play poker.
12:57 CEST 174.2km/3km to go
Ciolek knows he's
the best sprinter, and keeps doing short, fast turns. Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania)
is trying to bridge up to them.
12:58 CEST 175.2km/2km to go
Jos Van Emden (Netherlands)
is with Ignatas Konovalovas, but isn't working with him. The pair will get caught.
12:59 CEST 176.2km/1km to go
The six leaders
go under 1 km to go, still working. They should stay away...
Ciolek does a turn, then slows and
Feillu comes through. Ciolek takes his wheel.
13:00 CEST 176.2km/1km to go
Feillu wants them
to work, Ciolek does one more turn as they go under 1 km to go. A Dutch rider
- Van Emden - is closing the gap!
Gesink attacks a bit early. He has
a teammate coming...
Ciolek plays it cool.
13:01 CEST 177.2km/0km to go
Van Emden bridges
up almost, but can't do it. Ciolek easily wins from Feillu and Khatuntsev. Sergey
Kolesnikov (Russia) wins the group sprint for eighth. Ciolek is world champ!!!!!
Great ride by Gerald Ciolek to win
that from the breakaway. He worked with them, kept it going to give himself
the best chance in the sprint. He was unbeatable there. Feillu came from a long
way back to get second ahead of Khatuntsev, with Gavazzi, Vanendert, Gesink,
and Van Emden finishing behind.
That was a very aggressive race,
and we can see that the parcours is not really hard enough to break things up.
If the elite women and elite men don't race hard from the beginning, then we'll
get two bunch sprints.
We'll be back with the elite women's coverage
in about an hour and a half. Wiedersehen!
1 Gerald Ciolek (Germany) 4.00.49
2 Romain Feillu (France)
3 Alexander Khatuntsev (Russian Federation)
4 Francesco Gavazzi (Italy)
5 Jelle Vanendert (Belgium)
6 Robert Gesink (Netherlands)
7 Jos Van Emden (Netherlands)
8 Sergey Kolesnikov (Russian Federation) 0.06
9 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)
10 Danilo Wyss (Switzerland)
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