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World Championships - CM

Verona, Italy, September 27-October 3, 2004

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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

12:05 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.

12:08 CEST   
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.

12:15 CEST   
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.

12:20 CEST   
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 alt.).

12:25 CEST   
The first rider to depart, Mayuko Hagiwara (Japan) reaches the finish with 24.38.

12:28 CEST   
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.

12:33 CEST   
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.

12:36 CEST   
Roxane Knetemann (Netherlands) is departing now, the daughter of Gerrie Knetemann.

12:37 CEST   
Sabine Fischer, 17 years old, is pushing down the start ramp now being the last rider to go.

12:39 CEST   
The Russian rider Irina Zemlyanskaya' time of 23.27 is still the one to beat.

12:40 CEST   
With 23.33, Emmanuelle Merlot (France) gets second.

12:43 CEST   
Amanda Spratt (Australia) has set a new best: 22.19!

12:46 CEST   
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.

12:47 CEST   
0.55 back, is Marianne Vos (Netherlands). She is now third at the finish.

12:52 CEST   
Alexandra Sontheimer (Germany) gets in at 1.01 from Tereza Hurikova. It is already her 11th World Championship.

12:52 CEST   
22.19 for Rebecca Much (USA), that gets her the second placing now.

12:53 CEST   
Fischer is fifth at the intermediate time check on km 10.6.

12:56 CEST   
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 in.

12:58 CEST   
Rebecca Bertolo (Italy) gets only a 14th place.

Marie Lindberg (Sweden), with 23.43, is also out of medal reach.

12:59 CEST   
The last riders to get in: Karen Verbeek (Belgium) at 23.53.

13:00 CEST   
And Sabine Fischer (Germany) is hammering the last few hundred meters, and gets a fourth placing.

13:02 CEST   
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)      

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