World championships - CM
Madrid, Spain, September 21-25, 2005
Results & report
Race 5 - September 24: Under 23 men's road race, 168km
Commentary by Hedwig Kröner, with additional reporting from Hernan
Alvarez and Shane Stokes
Live coverage starts: 13:30 CEST
Estimated finish: 17:30 CEST
Welcome back to the Live coverage
of this year's World Championships taking place in Madrid. Coming up is the
U23 road race - and the riders have just departed.
A little more
than one hour ago, we saw the victory of Germany's Regina Schleicher in a "bunch"
sprint - in fact, there were only about 30 riders left from an initial 131.
So the course is fairly selective and we can expect many riders in difficulties
especially after 8 laps instead of the 6 the ladies had to master.
It's still a very beautiful day in Madrid with temperatures up to about 25°
celsius this afternoon, with practically no wind going on and only very little
clouds hanging in the blue sky.
176 riders have started on the course
which for the U23 men will be 168 kilometres long - and can be very surprising.
Last year's champion Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus) is not participating anymore;
neither are the second-placed Thomas Dekker (Netherlands) and third, Denmark's
At the moment, the bunch is riding all together
but there are two riders who took off in the front - but the peloton doesn't
seem too worried.
Ryan Roth (Canada) punctured.
Ivan José Castillo Piven (Venezuela)
and Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzbekistan) are the two early breakaways - they should
have about 40 seconds over a confident-looking bunch.
The Irish riders are at the back
of the bunch at the moment, looking comfy. Ag2r's Philip Deignan is in good
form but if it comes to a sprint, he won't be able to mingle with the best.
We'll definitely watch out for American Tyler Farrar as well as Italian Mauro
Santambrogio and the German Elite champion Gerald Ciolek, who scored his title
in a bunch sprint...
The two escapees are still riding
ahead of the bunch but their lead is decreasing: now at 38 seconds. They're
both pedaling fast and smooth but the bunch has them in sight on this wide open,
An Irish lad is driving the bunch
under the 1-kilometre-mark but there are still plenty more to go of course.
The break has passed the line for the first time after 29 minutes 13 seconds,
with the peloton in tow at 40 seconds. Seven laps to go.
A counter-attack of about 8 riders
has gone off now, bridging to the front. Some of the Espoirs can't wait...
But the bunch has reacted and is
staying not too far behind. Meanwhile, Andrew McQuaid has abandoned, getting
dropped at the first climb.
Juha-Matti Alaluusua (Finland) also
The U23 riders are really stomping
from the beginning on - this will be even more selective than the Women's race
and might not necessarily finish in a sprint if it goes on like this.
Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzbekistan) and Ivan José Castillo Piven (Venezuela) are
still leading by 11 seconds over a group of about 15 riders, with the bunch
following at another 20 secs.
The front men have been caught by
The group now counts about 25 riders, including
New Zealand's Peter Latham, the bronze TT medallist. The break is now almost
one minute clear.
Some names in this breakaway: Stefan
Trafelet (Switzerland), Marc De Maar (Netherlands), Aliaksei Polushkin (Belarus),
Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium), Dzmitry Kazlou (Belarus), James Meadley (Australia),
Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Denmark), Dumitru Creciun (Republic of Moldova),
Alexander Gottfried (Germany), Jean Marc Marino (France) and Daniels Ernestovskis
Another attack is launched by Venezuela's
Miguel Ernesto Chacon Sosa, who's trying to cross over to the break.
An updated list of riders in the
break: Aliaksei Polushkin (Belarus), Marc De Maar (Netherlands), Kasper Klostergaard
Larsen (Denmark), Stefan Trafelet and Danilo Wyss (Switzerland), Tiago Machado
(Portugal), Andrei Mustonen (Estonia), Ivan José Castillo Piven and Arthur Alberto
Garcia Rincon (Venezuela), Daniels Ernestovskis (Latvia), Juan Pablo Suarez
Suarez (Colombia), Brandon Crichton (Canada), Alexander Gottfried (Germany),
Mathieu Ladagnous (France), Jean Marc Marino (France), James Meadley (Australia),
Gediminas Bagdonas (Lithuania), Dumitru Creciun (Republic of Moldova), Vladimir
Tuychiev (Uzbekistan), Tyler Butterfield (Bermuda).
They're riding hard and the gap has
increased to 1.30 minutes. behind, the bunch is getting nervous and starting
to chase on their own.
The riders are nearing the start/finish zone
14:31 CEST 42km/126km to go
The break has started
its third lap after 58.40 with the bunch still behind - 2.13 on the line.
Chacon Sosa is still in between, just in front of the peloton.
This is interesting: Mauro Santambrogio
(Italy) is attacking out of the bunch - he's noticed the danger of this breakaway.
But he's got Nic Sanderson from Australia on his wheel to make it more difficult.
It would be fatal to let such a big
group take a serious advantage - it is the World's, after all!
Now we've finally got the full composition
of this breakaway: Ivan José Castillo Piven and Arthur Alberto Garcia Rincon
(Venezuela), Tiago Machado (Portugal), Tyler Butterfield (Bermuda), Vladimir
Tuychiev (Uzbekistan), Mathieu Ladagnous and Jean Marc Marino (France), Kasper
Klostergaard Larsen (Denmark), Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo and Juan Pablo Suarez
Suarez (Colombia), Stefan Trafelet and Danilo Wyss (Switzerland), Andrei Mustonen
(Estonia), Aliaksei Polushkin and Dzmitry Kazlou (Belarus), Daniels Ernestovskis
(Latvia), Timothy Gudsell (New Zealand), Marc De Maar (Netherlands), Brandon
Crichton (Canada), Gediminas Bagdonas (Lithuania), Dumitru Creciun (Republic
of Moldova), James Meadley (Australia), Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium), Alexander
A chase group has formed with Peter
Velits (Slovakia), Martin Mortensen (Denmark), Steven Cozza (United States Of
America), Kevin Lacombe (Canada) and
Hubert Krys (Poland). The Italians
are still in the bunch.
In the peloton, more and more riders
get organised on their own, so to speak, and try to do something about their
situation: if they won't work, they'll be trapped.
There are several chase groups now
trying to make it to the front - the second chase group seems to include two
Arthur Alberto Garcia Rincon (Venezuela) is still riding
in front of the bunch, on his own. This is messy.
Dall'Antonia, who were amongst the best in the TT, are also chasing.
The Venezuelan lone rider has been
joined by Tiago Machado (Portugal) and Aliaksei Polushkin (Belarus).
The second group is driven by Brandon Crichton (Canada) at the moment. There's
no tactics in this race at all - it's just blowing apart.
More and more riders are leaving
the bunch to fight on their own or in little groups of two or three.
Finishing the third lap, the leaders are: Tiago Machado (Portugal), Aliaksei
Polushkin (Belarus) and Arthur Alberto Garcia Rincon (Venezuela). First chase
group is at 25 seconds. Then Grabovskyy and Dall'Antonia at 25 seconds. Then
the peloton follows at 1.40 minutes.
Average speed is 42.8 km/h -
it's all over the place.
15:03 CEST 65km/103km to go
Grabovskyy and Dall'Antonia
have joined the front group, which is chasing the three leaders. A big switch
has occurred that way as there are now 21 countries represented in front - but
some countries might not be happy with the guys they've got in front. so the
race is still open.
The trio in front is isn't very harmonious
as Machado is doing much of the work and Garcia Rincon in third position. He
might be saving his energy...
Three more riders came out of the
peloton, chasing at 1.35: Steven Cozza (United States Of America), Emanuel Kiserlovski
(Croatia) and a Czech rider. The peloton is at 1.50 minutes.
Canada's Brandon Crichton has done
a great job leading the chase group - but on the climb, he's at the back now.
Erratum: it's Tiziano Dall'antonia
in the chase group, not Santambrogio.
Now Garcia Rincon is also doing his
share of the work in front as they approach the line for another lap.
The leading trio is crossing the
line now but they're not entirely happy with who's doing how much work. The
chase group is at 43 seconds, with the bunch coming up 1.20 down. All under
control in the middle of the race.
The bunch is all strung out now,
as more an more riders are hammering in front and dragging the rest with them.
And it's up the first, sweeping climb
of the course again. At the top, the riders get handed out bidons and feed bags.
Troy Jourdan Klink (New Zealand)
and Miceal Concannon (Ireland) have also abandoned.
The trio in front knows that the
chasers aren't far off now: only 22 seconds left for them.
It's Marc De Maar leading the chasers
up to the front men now - they're in sight.
Larsen, Jean Marc Marino, De Maar,
and one other rider are closing the gap to the three leaders first. The trio
is caught, and the group has now an advantage of just over one minute to the
A new front group has emerged out
of the last one: it's Grabovskyy, Polushkin, Jean Marc Marino with Dall'Antonia
off the front, with Stefan Trafelet (Switzerland) and Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium)
chasing at about 10 seconds.
Three laps to go now. Tiziano Dall'antonia
(Italy), Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukraine), Aliaksei Polushkin (Belarus), Jean Marc
Marino (France) are leading, but there are many little chase groups between
them and the peloton, which is at 1.25 minutes. Stefan Trafelet (Switzerland)
and Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium) have joined them now, with Lucas Persson (Sweden
chasing in front of the bunch on his own.
John Devine (United States Of America)
has just abandoned.
Persson is joining the front now
- what a ride!
So we've got seven leaders now: Tiziano
Dall'antonia (Italy), Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukraine), Aliaksei Polushkin (Belarus),
Jean Marc Marino (France), Stefan Trafelet (Switzerland), Greg Van Avermaet
(Belgium) and Lucas Persson (Sweden).
A new chase has emerged out
of the bunch with Jorge Martin Montenegro (Argentina), Frantisek Rabon (Czech
Republic), James Meadley (Australia), Martin Mortensen (Denmark) and Michael
But the bunch is not far away: only
50 seconds at the top of that first climb. Anything can still happen.
Persson is munching on a bar while
descending - he looks very strong.
The two groups have joined - so we've
got 12 riders leading now. But the bunch is near, and more and more riders are
jumping to bridge over to the front.
The Swiss now have two riders in
front but the bunch is still very near: at 37 secs.
The Swiss look at the others - Larsson
wants to continue too, while Gianni Meersman (Belgium) has made it to the front
group, which has reformed. Also Evert Verbist (Belgium) is now up there.
Dall Antonia has attacked, with Schär,
Grabovskyy and Marino in tow. A chase is getting organized around Larsson as
they approach the finish line - but there are still 42 kilometres to go!
16:30 CEST 128km/40km to go
Dall Antonia is hammering
in front now, with a three-men chase group at 27 seconds, then nine riders at
Another group follows of 20 is at 57 seconds, with the
bunch at 1.30.
Grabovskyy, Schär and Marino are
following Dall Antonio in a distance, while a bigger chase group is at about
50 seconds now. The bunch is further away at 1.30 minutes.
This is the composition of the bigger
group behind the three chasers of Dall Antonio:
and Branislau Samoilau (Belarus), Lars Boom and Kai Reus (Netherlands), Martin
Mortensen (Denmark), Rino Zampilli (Italy), Stefan Trafelet and David Vitoria
(Switzerland), Nic Ingels, Pieter Jacobs, Greg Van Avermaet, Evert Verbist (Belgium),
Vitor Hugo Rocha Rodrigues (Portugal), Maxim Belkov and Dmitry Kozonchuk (Russian
Federation), Kalle Kriit (Estonia), Lukas Fus and Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic),
Frantisek Rabon (Czech Republic), Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Colombia), Sebastian
Schwager (Germany), James Meadley (Australia), Jorge Martin Montenegro and Ariel
Maximiliano Richeze (Argentina), Christopher Myhre (Norway), Rafaâ Chtioui (Tunisia).
Dmitry Kozonchuk (Russian Federation)
is bridging up to the three on a little uphill stretch.
looks very focused - he doesn't even want a bottle there on top of the climb.
While the Italian has a good lead
he's also got cramps... stretching his right leg in the flat - that will cost
The three chasers are caught by Lars
Boom, Pieter Jacobs and Dmitry Kozonchuk - Boom and Kozonchuk both ride for
Rabobank Continental, as well as Will Walker (Australia).
might not be able to lead for long like this, he's in pain.
Grabovskyy has set out to chase Dall
Antonio on his own. A Belarusian rider, Branislau Samoilau is also giving his
all in third position, with the rest of the chasers doing just that.
Samoilau looks smooth, while Dall
Antonia is still hanging on to his ride in front. Between the two, Grabovskyy
looks the strongest.
Grabovskyy has caught the Italian
in front, as another chase group is getting organised in the back.
The Ukrainian and Dall'Antonia were also the two riders to bridge to that early
break by themselves.
17:00 CEST 147km/21km to go
The two leaders have
an advantage of 50 seconds the group of about ten which has caught Samoilau.
The bunch is at 1.20
29.16 minutes for that lap - over 43 km/h. One
lap to go in this U23 race.
A New Zealand rider crashed but is back
on his bike, it's Timothy Gudsell.
Chris Sutton is in the first chase
group, as well as Peter Latham (NZ) and Philip Deignan (Ireland), driving the
In front, Dall'Antonia is still working
with Grabovskyy - amazing. Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mexico) is third now on the
The climb is approaching.
Another rider in the chase group
is Dan Craven (Namibia). He's at 45 seconds together with Andrei Kunitski and
Branislau Samoilau (Belarus), Lars Boom (Netherlands), Kasper Jebjerg and Kasper
Klostergaard Larsen (Denmark), Mauro Santambrogio and Rino Zampilli (Italy),
Steve Morabito, Michael Schär, and David Vitoria (Switzerland), Nic Ingels,
Pieter Jacobs, Gianni Meersman (Belgium), Dmitry Kozonchuk (Russian Federation),
Logan Dennis Hutchings and Peter Latham (New Zealand), Philip Deignan (Ireland),
Mathieu Ladagnous, Jean Marc Marino, Benoît Sinner (France), Christopher Sutton
and William Walker (Australia), Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Argentina), Jose
Joaquin Rojas Gil and Eladio Sanchez Prado (Spain), Michal Golas (Poland).
The Mexican is at 25 secs, and the
big peloton at 40. Could all still come together... They're all on the climb
now - we'll see at the top.
Everybody is flying now. Jacobs was
leading the chase but has now caught Ignacio Sarabia Diaz. So we've got four
chasers now: Steve Morabito (Switzerland), Lars Boom (Netherlands), Pieter Jacobs
(Belgium), Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mexico), at 14 seconds.
And the two leaders are caught on
the descent. They're six now with Tiziano Dall'antonia (Italy), Dmytro Grabovskyy
(Ukraine), but the bunch isn't far off.
Grabovskyy is unbelievable - here
he goes again!
He's pushing a big gear on this second
uphill part of the course, and the others can only watch him leave.
17:17 CEST 161km/7km to go
And the chasers are
circling to get him now, while Deignan is leading the group behind.
Grabovskyy has made it to the flatter part.
Everybody is giving it their absolute
all now, as everything is still possible. Lars Boom is also trying on his own
now - the first chase group is splitting up.
17:21 CEST 163km/5km to go
The Ukrainian is pushing
hard, still out there. Boom is caught by his fellow chasers. Deignan has bridged
to the first chase group.
Wow - Deignan and Sutton are working
together now to get Grabovskyy - but the others are able to hold their wheel...
Grabo still got 35 seconds - that
should be enough for the victory! And the chase is too disorganised.
17:24 CEST 165km/3km to go
Evgeny Popov (Russian
Federation) is now with Walker.
17:25 CEST 167km/1km to go
And Grabovskyy passes
under the 1-kilometre mark and takes the last corner... he'll make it!
Beautiful win by Dmytro Grabovskyy
(Ukraine), who has the time to zip up his jersey and greet the spectators. Walker
comes in second before Popov.
What a ride by only 19 year-old Grabovskyy!
And Dall Antonia still scores sixth - that's also impressive. Australia got
a nice result with Walker second and Sutton fifth, and Ireland's Deignan managed
to move up into the top ten also.
Join us again tomorrow for the
big one, the Elite Men's race. After what we've seen today, there's more in
this course than an inevitable bunch sprint, so it sure promises to be interesting!
1 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukraine) 3.56.23
2 Will Walker (Australia) 0.26
3 Evgeny Popov (Russia)
4 Carlo Westphal (Germany) 0.33
5 Chris Sutton (Australia)
6 Tiziano Dall'antonia (Italy) 0.35
7 Gianni Meersman (Belgium)
8 Steve Morabito (Switzerland)
9 Philip Deignan (Ireland)
10 Pieter Jacobs (Belgium)
11 Lars Boom (Netherlands)
12 Anton Reshetnikov (Russian Federation)
13 Stéphane Poulhies (France)
14 Mark Cavendish (Great Britain)
15 Nic Ingels (Belgium)
16 Martin Pedersen (Denmark)
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