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World’s: Russian tops in junior TT

Russian Mikhail Ignatiev upset the pre-race favorites and ripped his way through gusting winds to capture the gold medal in the junior men’s individual time trial Wednesday. Ignatiev was fastest at both splits to win in 28 minutes, 30.37 seconds (48.831 kph) to relegate junior track individual pursuit world champion Mark Jamieson into the silver medal by 10.36 seconds. Italian Vincenzo Nibali was good enough for third at 25.98 seconds slower. Cold winds blew hard across the 23.2-km course from Hassalt to Zolder, but they couldn’t slow down the burly Russian. “We are Russians and we are

By Andrew Hood

Russia’s Mikhail Ignatiev took the world TT title for junior men Wednesday in Zolder. Australian Mark Jamieson …

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Russian Mikhail Ignatiev upset the pre-race favorites and ripped his way through gusting winds to capture the gold medal in the junior men’s individual time trial Wednesday.

Ignatiev was fastest at both splits to win in 28 minutes, 30.37 seconds (48.831 kph) to relegate junior track individual pursuit world champion Mark Jamieson into the silver medal by 10.36 seconds. Italian Vincenzo Nibali was good enough for third at 25.98 seconds slower.

Cold winds blew hard across the 23.2-km course from Hassalt to Zolder, but they couldn’t slow down the burly Russian.

“We are Russians and we are from a cold country, so we must win when it’s cold,” said Ignatiev, who finished second behind Jamieson in the world pursuit race. “I thought Mark would be the top rival.”

Jamieson scored Australia’s first medal at Zolder after putting down the fastest time early on. Jamieson’s medal is also the first world’s medal for a rider from Tasmania and the first junior world time trial medal since Cadel Evans won a bronze medal in 1995.

“I felt strong today, but not exceptional. I thought my time would have been good for a top-5 so I’m happy with the silver,” Jamieson said. “I had a hard time getting my rhythm in the opening half of the course, but the wind wasn’t a problem for me.”

Tyler Farrar finished 15th at 1:07 slower to score the top American result. Only three of the top-10 from last year’s world’s returned, so Farrar, 10th in Portugal last year, was hoping to medal. Farrar called his performance a “good ride.”

“I was hoping for a medal, but there’s always the road race,” Farrar said. “There was a lot of head and crosswinds blowing you around. I felt like I had a good ride, a pretty consistent ride.”

Zak Grabowski rode a tri-spoke for the first time of his career and finished 36th at 2:01 slower in his world’s debut. The 17-year-old Coloradan said he was pleased with his ride and is already thinking about the 2003 world’s.

“It was pretty windy but it’s a nice course,” he said. “I wanted to have fun. It was a good experience to be here and get ready for next year in Ontario.”

Thomas Dekker, a Dutch rider with no relation to pro Erik Dekker, came in as the top favorites but said he didn’t feel great and finished fourth, just four seconds off the podium. Dekker won nine out of the 10 time trials he raced this year, but said he was caught off-guard by the others.

“I haven’t raced against the Australians or the Russians all year, so I didn’t know what to expect,” Dekker said. Jukka Vastaranta, a strong Finnish rider, finished a disappointing seventh at 45 seconds slower.

Another rider making his mark was Nicholas Roche, son of cycling legend Stephen Roche, who finished 32nd at 1:51 slower. Cameron Evans was the top Canadian at 56th at 2:42 slower while compatriot Andrew Davidson was 59th at 2:59 slower. There are riders from 54 countries at these world’s and Badr Al-Yassien, a rider from Saudia Arabia, finished a respectable 41st at 2:09 slower.

 Junior time trial 23.2km
 1. Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) 28min 30.37
2. Mark Jamieson (Aus) at 10.36sec
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) 25.98
4. Thomas Dekker (Ned) 30.17
5. Rafael Abreu (Col) 39.92
6. Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) 44.18
7. Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) 45.03
8. Dmitry Kozontchouk (Rus) 50.92
9. Roberto Traficante (Ita) 57.12
10. Matej Jurco (Svk) 58.20
11. Richard Moffat (Aus) 1:00.43
12. Mateusz Taciak (Pol) 1:02.69
13. Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr) 1:03.17
14. Guillaume Ledinahet (Fra) 1:03.73
15. Tyler Farrar (USA) 1:07.88

Results

 Junior time trial 23.2km

 1. Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) 28min 30.37

2. Mark Jamieson (Aus) at 10.36sec

3. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) 25.98

4. Thomas Dekker (Ned) 30.17

5. Rafael Abreu (Col) 39.92

6. Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) 44.18

7. Jukka Vastaranta (Fin) 45.03

8. Dmitry Kozontchouk (Rus) 50.92

9. Roberto Traficante (Ita) 57.12

10. Matej Jurco (Svk) 58.20

11. Richard Moffat (Aus) 1:00.43

12. Mateusz Taciak (Pol) 1:02.69

13. Vitaliy Kondrut (Ukr) 1:03.17

14. Guillaume Ledinahet (Fra) 1:03.73

15. Tyler Farrar (USA) 1:07.88