Antonio Tiberi of Italy wins the World Championship Junior Men’s Time Trial title despite a mechanical within the first 100m which forced a bike change.
Tiberi finished the 27.6km course in 38 minutes 28.25 seconds, with Dutch rider Enzo Leunse completing the course 7.79 seconds slower, with Germany’s Marco Brenner 12.62 seconds behind Tiberi. The three riders had set off relatively early in the day and their times proved to withstand the later riders. Strong rides from the last three riders on the road (Michel Hessman of Germany, Quinn Simmons of USA and Andrea Piccolo of Italy) were not enough to knock the three fastest riders out of the hot seat. Incidentally, the last three on the road finished in 5th, 4th and 6th respectively.
Tiberi not only had the bike change to contend with, but also had to overtake a rider in front, whom he caught coming into the finish straight on the first lap. He would later say that the first incident helped him to focus, which no doubt assisted him in pushing forward and gaining those extra seconds that would result in him winning the title.
Leo Hayter and Oscar Nilsson-Julien came home in a credible 8th and 9th out of a field of 63 starters.
Antonio Tiberi chats to the media after he takes the Rainbow Jersey in the Junior Men’s Individual Time Trial. After an eventful start to his championships, an emergency bike change set him back just beyond the starting ramp. All content ©Heather Bamforth | CyclingShorts.cc
I knew straight away that I’d snapped my chain but luckily I was able to roll to my team car and get a bike change. I thought at that point there was no chance I would win but I refocused and was surprised to find out later in the race that I was leading. That gave me huge motivation and I could not believe it when I had won.
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