Worlds03: Russia Rips Junior TT
The outstanding elite women’s racing yesterday could have easily overshadowed the Junior Men’s TT event. However, these young men put in a memorable performance over the 20.8km short TT course with Gold medalist Mikhail Ignatiev of Russia ripping the course in 27:01 for an average speed of 46.2kph. Not bad considering these riders are restricted on their maximum gear and yes, the UCI was checking many of the bikes for compliance.
Ignatiev was modest about his performance stating, “I am not the first junior to win two consecutive world championships” then proudly added, “But, I have also won four track championships this year”. The Ukraine’s Dmytro Grabovskyy was second at 21:27 seconds just edging out Swedish rider Viktor Renang by 1.2 seconds. Renang, a first year junior was hoping for a top 20 finish and was pleasantly surprised at his success on the day. The riders all commented that they enjoyed the track – “the course was in good condition, nothing bothered me” said Ignatiev in response to a question. Grabovskyy seconded the comment adding, “The spectators were good”. No wonder – with great rides like these!
Results: Junior Men’s TT
1 Mikhail Ignatiev (Russia) 27.01.88 (46.193 km/h)
2 Dmytro Grabovskyy (Ukraine) 0.21.27
3 Viktor Renдng (Sweden) 0.22.50
4 Dominique Cornu (Belgium) 0.27.45
5 William Walker (Australia) 0.46.11
6 Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic) 0.55.41
7 Alexey Esin (Russia) 0.55.70
8 Tony Martin (Germany) 0.56.69
9 Julien Loubet (France) 1.01.28
10 Simon Spilak (Slovenia) 1.04.14