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COPENHAGEN (VN) — British rider Lucy Garner blasted her way to the gold medal in the junior women’s road race Thursday with a long sprint from just over 200 meters to go.
Garner surged up the right side of the peloton in a well-timed sprint to move from well back in the pack to snag a surprise win as the road racing portion of competition clicked into gear at the Copenhagen world road racing championships.
“I made sure that I didn’t go too early in the sprint, as I knew that I’d blow otherwise. I think I timed it right, though,” she said. “When I went, I just put my head down all the way to the line.”
Garner appeared to bump wheels with another rider with about 100 meters to go, but kept her cool to dash to Great Britain’s first gold medal of these world championships.
Belgian Jessy Druyts crossed the line second with Dane Christina Siggaard rounding out the podium for Denmark’s fourth medal so far in these worlds.
Addyson Albertshardt led the American squad with 40th at 10 seconds back. Alexis Ryan was 43rd with the same time and Grace Alexander did not finish.
Two attacking riders were reeled in with about 700 meters to go to set up a mass gallop.
“The team worked really well together, and I tried to stay sheltered for the race, but on the last lap, when the two riders were still away, I had a bit of a dig, but it all came back together again anyway,” Garner said. “I was training specifically for it. And I was thinking about my positioning for the sprint, and about not going too early, as although you can see the finish line from the bottom, you can’t go too early if you don’t want to blow.”