Junior Men's Road Race, 130 kms
Saturday, October 9, 1999
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As it happened
Verona: Corso Porta Nuova, 8 laps/ 130 km
Italy have secured their second gold medal in two events at this year's World Road Championships by taking out the junior men's race, again in a solo breakaway.
This time it was local Verona lad, Damiano Cunego who took the honours, managing to hold off the other main favourite, Rouslan Kaioumov (Russia) in a nailbiting run in to the finish.
The junior race was marred by a series of crashes, which reduced the 170-strong starting bunch to just a handful by the end. However, in what has become the pattern over all the races so far, it came down to the strongest rider rather than any kind of group sprint.
The race was typically aggressive early on, with many riders trying to get clear, but nothing sticking. The first few laps predictably had the most number of crashes, with several favourites being caught behind and missing the front group. On lap three, French rider Samuel Torres made the first serious attack, and Italian Giario Ermeti and Belgian Kevin de Weert joined him on the climb on lap 4. However, they were caught over the top.
A flurry of attacks followed, but nothing eventuated until lap 6, when Verona boy Damiano Cunego attacked, and formed a select group with dual TT champion Fabian Cancellara (Swi), Austrian star Bernhard Eisel, and French rider Christophe Kern. The Russians were very strong and worked for their favourite Rouslan Kaioumov, bringing the move back with two laps to go.
There was a little Italian confusion on lap 7 when Cunego chased down a break containing a teammate, and dragging up Kaioumov in the process. The front group was down to 13 at this point, but there was some regrouping by the end of the lap. Through the start/finish it was the only US rider left in the race - Mike Creed who attacked, taking with him Oliver Cambet (Fra).
However, on the final ascent of the leg-snapping Torricelle, Cunego and Kaioumov passed these two riders and put nearly a minute into the bunch. This looked like the gold and silver!
On the descent, Cunego using all of his home course knowledge, attacked on a bend and opened up a large gap to the Russian, who simply could not match Cunego's skills. Kaioumov in turn had another 30 seconds to the following group which was down to five.
On the flat run in to the finish, Cunego encountered a strong headwind, allowing the Russian to claw his way back into contention. He came close, but not quite close enough and Cunego held on to take a well deserved victory by a handful of seconds. In the chasing group 30 or so seconds back, French rider Christophe Kern edged out Italian Filippo Pozzato for the bronze, with Austria's Bernhard Eisel taking 5th place.
Another great result for the Italians and another solo win. Can they do it in the elite women's and men's races to come?
Homeboy Comes Through In Thrilling Final
By Tim Maloney, cyclingnews.com correspondent
"I wasn't sure I could make it, but I was tough and hung on..." so said Damiano Cunego of Team Italia after he won the Junior Men's World Road Championship in Verona, Italy on Saturday after an exciting last lap pursuit match with pre-race favorite Rouslan Kaioumov (Russia). Cunego attacked on the last of 8 climbs of the Torricelle and only Kaioumov could follow, but he never caught the blue clad Italian.
Traditionally the Junior Men World Road Championship for riders 17-18 years old is one of the most combative, hard fought races in cycling and this years edition was no exception. Every lap brought attack after attack, but with 3 laps to go, lanky blonde Morten Knudsen (Denmark) made a solid move on the climb, and was joined by Kevin Thaens (Belgium). They were joined by Cunego and Pavel Broutt (Russia).
After a regroupment on the descent, Chris Kern (France) and Antonio Bucciero (Italy ) attacked just before the team box with two laps to go.
After the finish line on the penultimate lap, American Michael Creed quickly bridged up to the two front runners, but behind, a violent attack from Kaioumov and the other Russians doomed this trio. Cunego and Kaioumov made the fast tempo up to the climb, and at the bottom of the Torricelle, Oliver Cambet (France) and Mike Creed led Cunego and Kaioumov by a few meters, while Kern and Bucciero had dropped back.
The situation remained the same until Cunego attacked at the base of the climb, blasting by Cambet and Creed and with Kaioumov chasing desperately behind. Cunego lives 10km from Verona and had done the Torricelle climb and descent hundreds of time in training, perhaps imagining that he was alone and winning the World Championships. But this time it was for real.
It was a mano a mano between Cunego and Kaioumov all the way down the descent, with a gap of only 15" most of the way. At the right turn of the base of the descent, Cunego still had 15", but Kaioumov was chasing very hard and taking back time. Cunego started to fade with 2km to go as Kaioumov got with in 8", but the determined Italian got his second wind and rode home in glory for the wind in front of his home town and country.
1 Damiano Cunego (Ita) 3.14.36 (40.08 km/h) 2 Rouslan Kaioumov (Rus) .05 3 Christophe Kern (Fra) 0.37 4 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) 5 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) 0.38 6 Kevin De Weert (Bel) 0.39 7 Andri Lebedev (Est) 8 Antonio Bucciero (Ita) 9 Alexandre Bajenov (Rus) 10 Christian Knees (Ger) 11 Alexandru Sabalin (Mda) 12 Ben Thaens (Bel) 13 Olivier Cambet (Fra) 14 Edgar Anao (Por) 15 Morten Knudsen (Den) 16 Petter Rennang (Swe) 17 Ruslan Gryschenko (Ukr) 18 Matija Kvasina (Cro) 19 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) 20 Alexandre Kolobnev (Rus) 21 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) 1.08 22 Thomas Kaufmann (Ger) 1.26 23 Luuc Hutten (Ned) 1.33 24 Pavel Broutt (Rus) 1.52 25 David De La Fuente (Esp) 3.55 26 Michael Creed (Usa) 27 Koen DeKort (Ned) 4.26 28 Wim DeVocht (Bel) 4.47 29 Harald Starzengruber (Aut) 30 Samuel Torres (Fra) 5.03 31 Olegs Melehs (Lat) 5.05 32 Daniel Petrov (Bul) 5.06 33 Tomas Ciuplys (Ltu) 5.49 34 Bobby Traksel (Ned) 35 Peter Mazur (Pol) 5.59 36 Rickard Almqvist (Swe) 6.10 37 Erik Raadom (Est) 6.50 38 Pieter Weening (Ned) 7.00 39 Michal Vodicka (Cze) 7.06 40 Irakli Abramiane (Rus) 41 Moises Aldape Chavez (Mex) 42 Jaroslav Kocurek (Cze) 7.13 43 Sebastien Morvan (Fra) 7.24 44 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) 45 Martin Gratzer (Aut) 46 Gergely Zsombok (Hun) 47 Mark Schneider (Ger) 8.36 48 Tarmo Raudsepp (Est) 49 Gregor Zagorc (Slo) 9.28 50 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) 10.45 51 Dawit Mehari (Eri) 11.01 52 Yoni Beauquis (Fra) 11.03 53 Marius Zaleskis (Ltu) 12.10 54 Bruno Pires (Por) 12.15 55 Pavol Juras (Svk) 13.35 56 Sune Frederiksen (Den) 57 Lukasz Bodnav (Pol) 13.36 58 Per Martin Lund (Nor) 13.37 59 Milan Gago (Svk) 13.39 60 Rok Jerse (Slo) 13.49 61 Valdas Juknys (Ltu) 62 Vladyslav Prygunov (Ukr) 14.05 63 Theo Eltink (Ned) 64 Jurij Ferfolja (Slo) 14.16 65 George Mathioulakis (Gre) 66 Viktor Avetisyan (Arm) 14.18 67 Caspar Austa (Est) 14.48 68 Kjetil Groven Löitegaard (Nor) 14.56 69 Denis Lynch (Irl) 15.54 70 Bruce Mcintosh (Aus) 71 Marc Schiltz (Lux) 72 Marco Von Kanel (Sui) 73 James Shaw (Gbr) 74 Darren Rolfe (Aus) 75 Miyataka Shimizu (Jpn) 76 Oliver Zaugg (Sui) 16.10 77 Cornel Bachmann (Sui) 78 Zsolt Gyepes (Hun) 16.32 79 Pavel Linet (Cze) 80 Dominique Rollin (Can) 17.26 81 Uladzamir Autka (Blr) 82 Adrian Laidler (Aus) 83 Jose Alberto Benitez (Esp) 18.16 84 Isaac Escola (Esp) 85 Evaldas Stankevicius (Ltu) 86 Andrew Bradley (Aut) 87 Frederik Pieters (Bel) 88 Sebastian Jezierski (Pol) 19.23 89 Hirotaka Ando (Jpn) 90 Tetsuya Ishida (Jpn) 19.31 91 Jaroslaw Bialowiezec (Pol) 19.58 92 Ivari Rannama (Est) 20.45 93 Timo Brewi (Ger) 20.49 94 Roy Hegreberg (Nor) 22.36 95 Martin Hebik (Cze) 96 Levan Meskhidze (Geo) 97 Gene Bates (Aus) 98 Mathieu Hedson (Sey) 99 Ricardo Samuel Tapia Rodriguez (Mex) 100 Devon Hoff-Weeks (Usa) 101 Aliaksandr Ivanou (Blr) 102 Jose Sotelo Sanchez (Mex) 103 Gatis Kelle (Lat) 23.16 104 Karolis Volungevicius (Ltu) 105 Ioannis Metohianakis (Gre) 106 Jens Erik Madsen (Den) 24.11 107 David Demanuele (Cro) 24.44 108 Daniel Fluhmann (Sui) 25.01 109 Ben Wurth (Lux) 110 Rusen Russev (Bul) 111 Alexandru Pugaci (Mda) 25.12 112 Valeriy Muravyov (Ukr) 25.58
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