Lennard Kamna wins junior world time trial championships

American Adrien Costa finishes second, 44 seconds behind the German

Lennard Kämna won Tuesday’s junior world time trial championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

“I am very happy to win here,” said Kämna. “I hope to realize it in the next few days. The last kilometers were the hardest, with the climb, and after 25km, this was very hard. At the top of the mountain, my trainer said I had the best time, so I was hoping that I would not crash, and that I could win. This season and the winter, I trained a lot. I have a good trainer, and he is the reason why I am so good.”

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On a 29.5km course, he averaged 49.8kph and bested American Adrien Costa by 44 seconds. Australia’s Michael Storer finished third, 58 seconds behind the winner.

“I did come into the race with some pretty high expectations,” said Costa. “My teammate, Zeke Mostov was third last year, so we prepared well for the TT, and we were hoping to have some good rides. I am definitely happy to get second, but I have to admit I was disappointed to see Lennard to come across the line [44] seconds faster than me, but he proved he was the strongest, and that he really deserved it.”

Costa, 17, was fastest through all the checkpoints of the 29.5-kilometer course and crossed the line with a time of 36:58.15, the best on the board at that point. He enjoyed his time in the hot seat until Kamna scorched through with a clocking of 36:13.49, but Costa’s time held up for the silver medal.

“Right away, when we did some course recon, I really loved the course,” said Costa. “It had some nice, open, straight sections that I knew suited me because I could just motor along those. Not too many technical parts and obviously the climb helped me. I was definitely very excited. I had some pretty high expectations for this and I’m happy with the result. I think it was one of my better TTs ever so I don’t really have any regrets. ”

Costa is  looking ahead to improving on his performance in the junior ranks next year when the world comes to Richmond, Virginia, for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships.

“I’m going to work hard for it,” Costa said. “With it being in the U.S. it’s going to be even more motivation for me to match or improve this result, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Defending world junior TT world championships bronze medalist Zeke Mostov finished fifth, 1:19 seconds off the winning pace.

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