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Two Fourths for GB at Junior Road Worlds

Story posted August 6

Two Fourths for Great Britain at Junior Worlds

After the completion of the Road section of the Junior Worlds in Italy, there were two fourth places for British riders, Laura Trott and Joshua Edmondson. ODP Endurance Coach Darren Tudor said of the rides:

Laura Trott "Laura went out to Italy in great form having hit her PB the week before she went out there and her preparation had been 100% spot on in the lead up to the Junior Worlds. She did everything she needed to do on the day, and whilst I know she was disappointed not to get on the podium, I think she did a fantastic ride to finish fourth in the World. She's now looking forward and focussing her training on the track competition."
Joshua Edmondson  "I think all the road riders rode a mature race. We discussed in great depth before we went out there about how Josh cant ride the way he's used to - the pace is obviously so much faster at World Champ level, plus it was 32 degree heat and a lot of climbing, so I think the outcome from all the boys was fantastic and I was pleased with how they rode."

Joshua Edmondson 4th in Junior Men’s Road Race

Great Britain’s Joshua Edmondson finished a fine fourth in the Junior Men’s World Championship Road Race in Italy. After having played a patient waiting game during the race, Edmondson was in a small group sprinting for second place only three seconds behind the winner from France, Olivier Le Gac.

On a very hilly course, which suited Edmondson who’d won the final stage of the Junior Tour of Wales last year up the Tumble, the race came down to a contest between just 20 riders after a long hot race of attrition. The winner from France, escaped from a small lead group which was pulled back on the slopes of the final hill top finish with only Le Gac hanging on to take the Gold.

It was another good result for Edmondson who started the year winning the Eddie Soens Classic and also has the feted Isle of Man Youth Tour (Junior category) victory on his list of achievements. Of the other British riders, Tom Moses, winner of two rounds of the National Junior Series this year, finished only seven seconds  adrift of the winner in 17th place while Adam Yates was in one of the many small groups back in 71st place. 

Junior Men's World Championship RR
1. Olivier Le Gac (France)      3:32:05       
2.  Jay McCarthy (Australia)     @ 3 secs      
3.  Jasper Stuyven (Belgium)            
4.  Joshua Edmondson (Great Britain)            
5.  Jan Polanc (Slovenia)            
6. Calvin Watson (Australia)            

17. Tom Moses (Great Britain)     @7 secs
71. Adam Yates (Great Britain)     15:07

Junior  Women's Time Trial

Great Britain's Laura Trott has finished 4th in the Junior Women's World Time Trial title in Italy on Friday, August 6. Racing over an undulating 15 kilometre course Acquaviva Piceno to Offida in strong winds, Trott recorded a time of 22 minutes and 23 seconds. 

Her time saw Laura finish 41 seconds outside of the medals. Winner, for the second year in a row, was Ukrainian Canna Solovei who did the distance in 21 minutes and 30 seconds, five seconds quicker than another favourite, Pauline Ferrand Prevot of France. Australian Amy Cure was third.

The course, according to the winner, was very technical with short descents and climbs where riders found it difficult to get a rhythm going.

The young British rider, who has been competing for a decade or more and this year has ridden with the senior Great Britain team along with Olympic Champion Nicole Cooke, now has the World Junior Track Championships to look forward too where she will again be a strong contender for medals.

1. Canna SOLOVEI (UKR) 21'30.36
2. Pauline FERRAND PREVOT (FRA) 21'35.49
3. Amy CURE (AUS) 21'42.66
4. Laura TROTT (GBR) 22'23.54
30 finishers.

Junior Women's World Championship Road Race
It was a French victory in this race, when Pauline Ferrand Prevot sprinted to a Gold medal to end a run of Silver medals in the Championships. The rider Laura Trott beat earlier in the year in a Dutch stage race, took full advantage of the work the Italian team did to control the race and when the selection was made of only four riders at the front, the French girl had to be at her best to beat the two Italians in the break. This she did in the three up sprint.  Great Britain did not enter a rider in this race.

1. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France)      2:31:47       
2. Rossella Ratto (Italy)            
3. Coryn Rivera (United States Of America)            
4. Canna Solovei (Ukraine)     @ 2      
5. Susanna Zorzi (Italy)     @16      
6. Sarah-Lena Hofmann (Germany)   @20      
7. Alexia Muffat (France)     @1:15      
8. Kaitlin Antonneau (United States Of America) @2:39      
9. Pauline Godey (France)     @2:41      
10. Kendall Cail Ryan (United States Of America)

Junior Men’s Time Trial
Victory in the Junior Men’s Time Trial went to Luxembourg’s Bob Jungels who beat his closest rival from Germany, Jasha Sütterlin, by almost 28 seconds. Third went to Lawson Craddock with two Australians in fourth and fifth and separated by only a hundredth of a second. There was no British rider entered in this race.

1. Bob Jungels (Luxembourg)  40:05.96       
2. Jasha Sütterlin (Germany)     @27.91      
3. Lawson Craddock (USA) @28.75      
4. Dale Parker (Australia)     @33.53      
5. Jay Mccarthy (Australia)     @33.63      
6. Rafael Ferreira Reis (Portugal)  @51.88      
7. Mirko Trosino (Italy) @1:04.62      
8. Kirill Yatsevich (Russian Federation) @1:11.23      
9. Mario Gonzalez Salas (Spain) @1:13.10      

10. Michael Valgren Andersen (Denmark)     @1:17.18

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