Austria’s Felix Gall came out on top in a rainy junior men’s road race in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday. The 17-year-old powered away from a small lead group in the lumpy finale, at the end of a 128.9km race. Gall’s advantage just barely held out over a chasing Clement Betouigt-Suire of France and Dane Rasmus Pedersen, who came home second and third, respectively. The trio finished 10 seconds ahead of a small group that fought for minor placings.

Top-10 results

  • 1. Felix Gall, Austria, in 3:11:09
  • 2. Clement Betouigt-suire, France, at :00
  • 3. Rasmus Pedersen, Denmark, at :01
  • 4. Reto Muller, Switzerland, at :10
  • 5. Martin Salomon, Germany, at :10
  • 6. Nicola Conci, Italy, at :10
  • 7. Mathias Norsgaard, Denmark, at :13
  • 8. Nathan Draper, Great Britain, at :13
  • 9. Marc Hirschi, Switzerland, at :13
  • 10. Pit Leyder, Luxembourg, at :20

 
Although it was a rainy morning in Richmond, American Adrien Costa said it didn’t affect the race too significantly. “The normal road parts weren’t bad actually, I was able to make up a lot of ground in the corners, because us Americans, we’re used to the big wide sweeping crit corners. And then on Libby Hill there were a few times where my back wheel would kind of fish tail around.”

Costa, coming off a silver-medal performance in the junior time trial championship, was among the favorites to contend in the road race as well. Things were looking good for the 17-year-old from Bend, Oregon heading into the waning moments of the race, but the legs just weren’t there in the end.

“I was trying to attack early to break things up,” Costa said. “I wasn’t feeling super good all race: I think with the time trial I still wasn’t able to recover super well. I don’t know, I guess we had lots of bad luck with my teammates, I’m not sure what happened. I know Ethan [Reynolds] went down and there were mechanicals and stuff.

“I was kind of isolated so I decided to see what I could do at the end and not waste energy early. A lot of teams had three or four guys still in the front group so it was hard for me to do much. I led up Libby Hill in the last lap with a group up the road and then up 23rd street I kind of fell back, I don’t know. I just didn’t have the legs.”

As the exhausted field trickled across the line bit by bit after Gall and Betouigt-Suire, Costa ultimately came home 18th, making him the highest-placed American in the event.

The way the final few kilometers broke up the juniors’ peloton, Costa expects something similar in the men’s elite race Sunday.

“It’ll be interesting,” he said. “Especially depending on the weather. I definitely think it’ll blow up because the race is twice as long as ours. It’ll be interesting to watch for sure.”

Full results

  • 1. Felix Gall, Austria, in 3:11:09
  • 2. Clement Betouigt-suire, France, at :00
  • 3. Rasmus Pedersen, Denmark, at :01
  • 4. Reto Muller, Switzerland, at :10
  • 5. Martin Salomon, Germany, at :10
  • 6. Nicola Conci, Italy, at :10
  • 7. Mathias Norsgaard, Denmark, at :13
  • 8. Nathan Draper, Great Britain, at :13
  • 9. Marc Hirschi, Switzerland, at :13
  • 10. Pit Leyder, Luxembourg, at :20
  • 11. Thomas Vereecken, Belgium, at :21
  • 12. Alexys Brunel, France, at :23
  • 13. Anthon Charmig, Denmark, at :26
  • 14. Max Kanter, Germany, at :36
  • 15. Matteo Sobrero, Italy, at :36
  • 16. Michael Storer, Australia, at :36
  • 17. Gino Mader, Switzerland, at :36
  • 18. Adrien Costa, United States Of America, at :36
  • 19. Joey Walker, Great Britain, at :36
  • 20. Kevin Geniets, Luxembourg, at :36
  • 21. Jaka Primozic, Slovenia, at :39
  • 22. Bjorg Lambrecht, Belgium, at :45
  • 23. Tanguy Turgis, France, at :45
  • 24. Nils Eekhoff, Netherlands, at :45
  • 25. Marcel Neuhauser, Austria, at :45
  • 26. Vadim Pronskiy, Kazakhstan, at :45
  • 27. Keagan Girdlestone, South Africa, at :45
  • 28. Leo Appelt, Germany, at :45
  • 29. Dusan Rajovic, Serbia, at :45
  • 30. Patrick Haller, Germany, at :45
  • 31. Alexandr Kulikovskiy, Russian Federation, at :45
  • 32. Mario Spengler, Switzerland, at :45
  • 33. Andre Carvalho, Portugal, at :45
  • 34. Enn VagaKristo, Estonia, at :45
  • 35. Robin Froidevaux, Switzerland, at :45
  • 36. Markus Wildauer, Austria, at :54
  • 37. Jasper Philipsen, Belgium, at :54
  • 38. Luis Villalobos, Mexico, at :58
  • 39. Horst Dennis VanDer, Netherlands, at 1:00
  • 40. Stefan Bissegger, Switzerland, at 1:00
  • 41. Michael O’loughlin, Ireland, at 1:04
  • 42. Gorazd Per, Slovenia, at 1:07
  • 43. Patrick LaukKarl, Estonia, at 1:09
  • 44. Alejandro Gomiz, Spain, at 1:12
  • 45. Derek Gee, Canada, at 1:12
  • 46. Luc Wirtgen, Luxembourg, at 1:12
  • 47. Jakub Otruba, Czech Republic, at 1:12
  • 48. Jhonnatan Manuel NarvaezPrado, Ecuador, at 1:12
  • 49. Robbe Ghys, Belgium, at 1:12
  • 50. Max Singer, Germany, at 1:12
  • 51. Jorge Magalhaes, Portugal, at 1:12
  • 52. Pascal Eenkhoorn, Netherlands, at 1:12
  • 53. Georg Zimmerman, Germany, at 1:12
  • 54. Samuel Jenner, Australia, at 1:19
  • 55. Marco Friedrich, Austria, at 1:25
  • 56. Bram Welten, Netherlands, at 1:27
  • 57. Theo Menant, France, at 1:33
  • 58. Alejandro RegueiroPerez, Spain, at 1:33
  • 59. Alan Banaszek, Poland, at 1:40
  • 60. Sergey Rostovtsev, Russian Federation, at 1:40
  • 61. Riccardo Verza, Italy, at 1:40
  • 62. Christopher Blevins, United States Of America, at 2:05
  • 63. Niklas Larsen, Denmark, at 2:05
  • 64. Louis Louvet, France, at 2:12
  • 65. Aleksander Borisov, Russian Federation, at 2:18
  • 66. Robert Stannard, New Zealand, at 2:30
  • 67. Pablo Alonso, Spain, at 2:38
  • 68. Stan Dewulf, Belgium, at 3:04
  • 69. Patrick Gamper, Austria, at 3:16
  • 70. Masahiro Ishigami, Japan, at 3:18
  • 71. Daniel Savini, Italy, at 3:25
  • 72. Tommaso Fiaschi, Italy, at 3:25
  • 73. Willem Boersma, Canada, at 3:29
  • 74. Marten Kooistra, Netherlands, at 3:32
  • 75. Szymon Sajnok, Poland, at 3:34
  • 76. Aaron Verwilst, Belgium, at 3:34
  • 77. Torjus Sleen, Norway, at 3:39
  • 78. Kristian RudlandHans, Norway, at 3:39
  • 79. Lars Saugstad, Norway, at 4:29
  • 80. Petter Fagerhaug, Norway, at 4:29
  • 81. Simm Kiskonen, Estonia, at 5:17
  • 82. David Gabor D.Kovacs, Hungary, at 5:17
  • 83. Tobias Foss, Norway, at 5:26
  • 84. Samuel Oros, Slovakia, at 6:07
  • 85. Martin Spudil, Czech Republic, at 6:33
  • 86. Vitor Schizzi, Brazil, at 6:51
  • 87. Julian Cardona, Colombia, at 6:52
  • 88. Jack Maddux, United States Of America, at 7:16
  • 89. Adam Stenson, Ireland, at 7:25
  • 90. Vincent Andersson, Sweden, at 7:33
  • 91. Tiago DaSilva, Luxembourg, at 11:43
  • 92. Mehdi ChokriEl, Morocco, at 12:30
  • 93. Keitaro Sawada, Japan, at 12:30
  • 94. Barnabas Peak, Hungary, at 15:59
  • 95. Adrian Bustamante, Colombia, at 16:01
  • 96. Javier Montoya, Colombia, at 16:01
  • 97. Itamar Einhorn, Israel, at 16:08
  • 98. Adrian Foltan, Slovakia, at 16:19
  • 99. Dinmukhammed Ulysbayev, Kazakhstan, at 16:32
  • 100. Erik Sierra, Ecuador, at 16:33
  • 101. Melvin Daniel BoronRabinal, Guatemala, at 16:33
  • 102. Mohcine ElKouraji, Morocco, at 16:33
  • 103. Oussama Mansouri, Algeria, at 16:36
  • 104. Joel Taylor, Canada, at 16:48
  • 105. Erik Sandersson, Sweden, at 17:09
  • 106. Daniel Viegas, Portugal, at 18:14
  • 107. Joao Almeida, Portugal, at 18:14
  • 108. Antonio Barac, Bosnia And Herzegovina, at 19:08
  • 109. Patompob Phonarjthan, Thailand, at 19:18
  • 110. Ethan Reynolds, United States Of America, at 19:41
  • 111. Jonathan Brown, United States Of America, at 19:41
  • 112. Jake Gray, Ireland, at 19:41
  • 113. Yuttana Mano, Thailand, at 19:41
  • 114. Islam Mansouri, Algeria, at 21:04
  • DNF Nicolas Nesi, Italy
  • DNF Denis Nekrasov, Russian Federation
  • DNF Brandon Mcnulty, United States Of America
  • DNF Simon Tuomey, Ireland
  • DNF Nikita Sokolov, Kazakhstan
  • DNF James Fouche, New Zealand
  • DNF Amine Belabessi, Algeria
  • DNF Alexandros Agrotis, Cyprus
  • DNF Bryan Mendoza, El Salvador
  • DNF Fredy Orlando TocXon, Guatemala
  • DNF Joe Holt, Great Britain
  • DNF Saar Hershler, Israel
  • DNF Adam Roberge, Canada
  • DNF Nikolay Ilichev, Russian Federation
  • DNF Andreas Stokbro, Denmark
  • DNF Tadej Pogacar, Slovenia
  • DNF Michal Brazda, Czech Republic
  • DNF Norbert Banaszek, Poland
  • DNF Juraj Michalicka, Slovakia
  • DNF Kanan Gahramanli, Azerbaijan
  • DNF Gustaf Andersson, Sweden
  • DNF Dmitriy Ponkratov, Uzbekistan
  • DNF Tarlan Mammadov, Azerbaijan
  • DNF Ogly Gunyaidin KhajiDursun, Kazakhstan
  • DNF Kotaro Ono, Japan
  • DNF Santiago YeriMingo, Argentina
  • DNF Ilya Gorbushin, Kazakhstan
  • DNF Kyle DeWet, South Africa
  • DNF Ayumu Watanabe, Japan
  • DNF Jarno Mobach, Netherlands
  • DNF Bryan Portilla, Ecuador
  • DNF Jarrod Hattingh, South Africa
  • DNF Erik Relanto, Finland
  • DNF Damian Slawek, Poland
  • DNF Dawid Gieracki, Poland
  • DNF Marcio OliveiraFilho, Brazil
  • DNF Tegsh-bayar Batsaikhan, Mongolia
  • DNF Mario Rojas, Costa Rica
  • DNF Pavel Sivakov, Russian Federation
  • DNF Mathieu Burgaudeau, France
  • DNF Toms GavarsEriks, Latvia
  • DNF Darragh O’mahoney, Ireland
  • DNF Pedro Martins, Brazil
  • DNF Harry Sweeny, Australia
  • DNF Ahulee Rivera, Puerto Rico
  • DNF Jern-e ChuaMerrill, Singapore
  • DNF Ziga Jerman, Slovenia
  • DNF Sam Dobbs, New Zealand
  • DNF Michel Ries, Luxembourg
  • DNF Musa Mikayilzade, Azerbaijan
  • DNS Jaakko Hanninen, Finland