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European Cycling Championships - Junior ITTs
 
By Fabio
Date: 7/4/2008
European Cycling Championships - Junior ITTs
 

Friday was the day of the Junior ITTs at the European Cycling Championships in Italy, with both the teenaged girls and boys challenging the clock over a predominantly flat route of 16.5 kilometres - from Arona northward to another place on the Piedmontese side of Lake Maggiore, Stresa - and with the sun making a welcomed return to the parcours.

But it was also redemption day for East Europeans. Ukrainians in particular: 24 hours after the damsels from Kyiv and surroundings had to be content with getting "minor" medals only, as they were denied the joy of victory by Ellen Van Dijk, Ukraine stroke back and finally clinched the gold, courtesy of a tremendously skilled athlete no stranger to success in such competitions: defending champion Valeriya Kononenko, who won this same race the past season - and also grabbed the silver medal at the World Champs in early Autumn, btw - and ... oops, she did it again this time!

Kononeko simply demolished opposition, covering the route in slightly over 23 minutes - she even did better than seven Junior boys - and beating Jacqueline Hahn of Austria by 35 seconds. The former Soviet Union climbed the podium also thanks to Russia's Maria Mishina, with the UK coming close but eventually falling short of the top three spots: fourth place finisher Katie Colclough had a solid performance anyway, and so did Corrine Hall, herself able to make the top ten today too. The host country was a bit disappointing instead, with national title holder Valentina Dal Bon as top-placed Italian, but finishing in spot number 18.

European Champs: Junior Women's ITT (Arona to Stresa, 16.5 km.):
1. Valeriya Kononenko (Ukraine) - 23'02"
2. Jacqueline Hahn (Austria) - 23'37"
3. Maria Mishina (Russia) - 23'56"
4. Katie Colclough (Great Britain) - 24'03"
5. Lucie Zaleska (Czech Republic) - 24'07"
6. Jennifer Letue (France) - 24'08"
7. Winanda Spoor (Netherlands) - 24'12"
8. Evelyn Arys (Belgium) - 24'15"
9. Corrine Hall (Great Britain) - 24'20"
10. Sara Olsson (Sweden) - 24'20"
11. Lelizaveta Oshurkova (Ukraine) - 24'25"
12. Elodie Le Bail (France) - 24'27"
13. Emma Skjerstad (Norway) - 24'33"
14. Natalia Mitko (Russia) - 24'34"
15. Amy Pieters (Netherlands) - 24'38"
16. Kristina Tschanz (Switzerland) - 24'41"
17. Jessie Daams (Belgium) - 24'42"
18. Valentina Dal Bon (Italy) - 24'44"
19. Lotte Van Hoek (Netherlands) - 24'46"
20. Tatiana Gorlova (Russia) - 24'46"
21. Giorgia Marchesin (Italy) - 24'49"
22. Alzbeta Pavlendova (Slovakia) - 24'50"
23. Olga Misterek (Poland) - 24'53"
24. Vaida Pikauskaite (Lithuania) - 24'54"
25. Mara Ruggeri (Italy) - 24'58"
26. Karolina Kietyte (Lithuania) - 25'05"
27. Emma Mills (Sweden) - 25'05"
28. Agne Triabaite (Lithuania) - 25'08"
29. Yekatsiryna Barazna (Belarus) - 25'11"
30. Irene San Sebastian (Spain) - 25'14"
31. Paulina Guz (Poland) - 25'20"
32. Gabriella Zelinka (Hungary) - 25'21"
33. Jessica Ubelhart (Switzerland) - 25'22"
34. Kajsa Snihs (Sweden) - 25'26"
35. Agnieszka Sawosz (Poland) - 25'36"
36. Nicole Hanselmann (Switzerland) - 25'37"
37. Anzhalika Smalei (Belarus) - 25'47"
38. Katsiaryna Chernikava (Belarus) - 25'50"
39. Anna Hunger (Germany) - 26'22"
40. Liga Bitmane (Latvia) - 26'35"
41. Anna-Maria Gürtler (Austria) - 26'49"
42. Adrienn Gyurján (Hungary) - 29'01"
43. Gul Celebi (Turkey) - 29'22"
44. Tuba Karaaslan (Turkey) - 29'31"


If Kononeko's winning performance was no surprise to those with a good knowledge of the Junior cycling scene, the same goes with the men's event and its winner, Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland. First place finisher in the road race and runner-up in the so-called "race of the truth" twelve months ago, the young gun from Eastern Europe, who is set join the Atala team - based in Italy but with a roster of all-Polish legs only - as Under 23 rider the next season, added a new jewel to his tally.

It was no easy task though: Kwiatkowski emerged victor in a close battle despite stiff opposition from today's biggest surprise, Vegard Breen of Norway (and the Eidsvoll SK / NTG Kongsvinger trade team), who lost hopes for gold by a mere three seconds. Johan Le Bon of France had a trés bon result as he won the fight over the bronze by just two secs, not to the delight of the recently crowned Italian national champion Massimo Coledan. Like Britain's Katie Colclough, the gal from Veneto (usually wearing the Rinascita Ormelle Pinarello trade team jersey) narrowly missed the podium; and just like the UK in the women's race, Italy got two contenders in the top ten spots, but neither of them was able to bring any medal home. Britain got Luke Rowe in spot number 12 in this race, and Erick Rowsell straight behind him.

European Champs: Junior Men's ITT (Arona to Stresa, 16.5 km.):
1. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) - 20'09"
2. Vegard Breen (Norway) - 20'12"
3. Johan Le Bon (France) - 20'23"
4. Massimo Coledan (Italy) - 20'25"
5. Romain Bacon (France) - 20'31"
6. Artur Ershov (Russia) - 20'33"
7. Michael Hümbert (Germany) - 20'38"
8. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Belgium) - 20'44"
9. Eugenio Alafaci (Italy) - 20'47"
10. Artsiem Malinouski (Belarus) - 20'47"
11. Piotr Gawroñski (Poland) - 20'53"
12. Luke Rowe (Great Britain) - 20'54"
13. Erick Rowsell (Great Britain) - 20'54"
14. Alexander Randin (Norway) - 20'59"
15. Filip Eidsheim (Norway) - 21'12"
16. Albert Torres Barcelo (Spain) - 21'13"
17. Arthur Vanoverberghe (Belgium) - 21'14"
18. Andreas Klopf (Germany) - 21'16"
19. Andrei Holubeu (Belarus) - 21'20"
20. Nejc Košir (Slovenia) - 21'23"
21. Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spain) - 21'25"
22. Eugert Zhupa (Albania) - 21'26"
23. Andrew Fenn (Great Britain) - 21'26"
24. Anton Vorobyev (Russia) - 21'26"
25. Stavros Kalogiannidis (Greece) - 21'28"
26. Artem Doskalenko (Ukraine) - 21'29"
27. Aurimas Varna (Lithuania) - 21'29"
28. Artem Orlov (Ukraine) - 21'31"
29. Matias Kumar (Slovenia) - 21'33"
30. Jan Tratnik (Slovenia) - 21'34"
31. Tom Thill (Luxembourg) - 21'35"
32. Andzs Flaksis (Latvia) - 21'36"
33. Siarhei Plisko (Belarus) - 21'42"
34. Evgen Filin (Ukraine) - 21'44"
35. Vitaly Barbas (Russia) - 21'45"
36. Veismantas Mockevicius (Lithuania) - 21'46"
37. Michal Procner (Slovakia) - 21'46"
38. Georgios Karatzios (Greece) - 21'49"
39. Vladimiras Kokarevas (Lithuania) - 21'52"
40. Yovcho Yovchev (Bulgaria) - 21'53"
41. Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Spain) - 21'54"
42. Thibaut Pinot (France) - 21'54"
43. Andris Smirnovs (Latvia) - 21'54"
44. Livio Waldispuhl (Switzerland) - 22'00"
45. Gianluca Remondi (Italy) - 22'06"
46. Zoltan Sipos (Romania) - 22'06"
47. Lubomir Petrus (Czech Republic) - 22'07"
48. Simon Frank (Switzerland) - 22'09"
49. Pawe³ Poljanski (Poland) - 22'17"
50. Daniel Rinner (Liechtenstein) - 22'18"
51. Karel Hnik (Czech Republic) - 22'24"
52. Michael Duffy (Ireland) - 22'25"
53. Raivis Temnovs (Latvia) - 22'27"
54. Ekke Piirisild (Estonia) - 22'28"
55. Balázs Sulyok (Hungary) - 22'29"
56. Michel Jungo (Switzerland) - 22'34"
57. Kristjan Heinrand (Estonia) - 22'39"
58. Recep Unalan (Turkey) - 22'46"
59. Balázs Bajcsi (Hungary) - 22'50"
60. Nikola Stefanoviĉ (Serbia) - 22'51"
61. Alexandru Mocan (Moldova) - 23'00"
62. Pit Schlechter (Luxembourg) - 23'04"
63. Reijo Puhm (Estonia) - 23'09"
64. Aaron Buggle (Ireland) - 23'10"
65. Hasan Aslan (Turkey) - 23'22"
66. Roman Tomeniuc (Moldova) - 23'32"
67. Alexandru Badoiu (Romania) - 23'41"
68. Gokhan Hasta (Turkey) - 23'57"
69. Alexandr Marunevici (Moldova) - 24'50"

The European Championships are gonna step into their second half tomorrow, with the last two days of the event featuring four road races. Saturday is going to be all about the U23 competitors: the ladies are off and running since 0900 AM local time, taking on four laps of a (not too) demanding circuit of 21.8 kilometres around Verbania-Pallanza, yet another Lago Maggiore wonderland. The boys will be covering two more laps of the same circuit (totalling close to 130 kilometres) with the race kickoff around 0145 PM local time (CEST) and Jacopo Guarnieri - one of Liquigas's most likely additions of the 2009 season - as well as the Ukrainian Vitali Buts (usually wearing Pagnoncelli's orange colours) amongst the main suspects to take the title.

* European Cycling Championships - Day One (U23 ITTs)


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