and rainbows as USA takes gold again in the Junior Women.
Megan Jastrab added to the USA’s medal haul at this year’s world championships with a strong showing in today’s Women Junior Road Race. Setting off from Doncaster early this morning, the first attack of the day came from Kazakhstan’s Diana Bukanova who opened up a 25 second gap that soon doubled to 50 seconds thanks to a brisk 43kmph pace.
The day, it would turn out, would see more than its fair share of crashes and a mid-pack crash early on in the chase led to a few tangled bikes by the side of the road; with Spain’s Irati Puigdefabregas Ariz having to abandon. With around 50km the solo break was reeled in and, one of the pre-race
The broken peloton was still advancing and although they would go on to catch Gareeva and push her into fourth, just outside the medals, they could not stop yet another American win as Megan Jastrab confirmed her position as pre-race
Disqualification for the Dutch as Eekhoff’s result is nilled | U23 Men Road Race
Late drama struck the Men U23 Road Race as Dutch rider Nils Eekhoff was disqualified despite crossing the line in first place. Judges held a meeting directly after the race and the team celebrations of the Netherlands were cut short, as it was deemed that the 21-year-old had illegally drafted behind a team car to get back into the bunch after an early crash. Even before the dramatic final scenes, the story of the Men U23 Road Race was filled with thrills, spills and everything in between.
The weather conditions once again added to the spectacle of the race and made for exciting conditions and a few strong riders decided to use this as a chance to open up a lead. The Americans missed the move and they immediately set about trying to rectify that mistake by pulling extremely hard on the front of the peloton.
British riders Stuart Balfour and Fred Wright both managed to make the move into 13 man breakaway and gave a great account of themselves throughout. Things then went from bad to worse for the Americans who saw the rider they had been protecting, Kevin Vaermarke, go down in a crash, alongside home
Over the top of Greenhow Hill, the race blew apart and a move that would prove decisive was made by a select group including riders from Denmark, Norway, Great Britain
This lead group
However, the young rider’s legs gave way just before the line and he could only finish fourth,
The result would not stand though, as,
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