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European U23 Champs Photo Gallery: Men's Road Race
 
By Staff
Date: 7/17/2008
European U23 Champs Photo Gallery: Men's Road Race
 

Images and videos of the U23 Men's Road Race at Verbania, Italy. Saturday July 05th 2008.

* Race Report and Results here
* Photo Essay and Clips from the U23 Women's RR here


We're back to the Lago Maggiore wonders. Back to Verbania.
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And back to the Euro Champs. It's time for the U23 Men's Road Race.
Here's the Slovenian squad lined up perfectly at the sign-on zone.
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The "undisciplined" boys from Austria came next.
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The Brits get in the queue to sign the start sheet ...
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... then stand in front of the cameras. The UK roster was as follows
(in bib number order): Jonathan Bellis, Alex Dowsett, Peter Connaugh,
Jonathan McEvoy, Mark McNally, Ben Swift and Andrew Tennant.
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On with the half a dozen contenders from Slovakia.
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Sweden had only four guys in attendance:
Andreas Linden, Johan Lindgren, Patrik Moren and Jonas Bjelkmark.
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The Flying Dutchboys gave the race some orange flavour.
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Vitali Buts was one of the main suspects to clinch the title,
but unfortunately (for him) he didn't live up to expectations.
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Buts and his team mates of the Ukrainian Armada.
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The mighty Russians - with future bronze medalist Timofey Kritskiy - at the start.
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British-Irish (peace?) talks before the battle kicks off.
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Guillaume Bonnafont of France, with a Moldovan rider on the background.
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Russians at the start
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The bikefight just broke out, and a small breakaway group was formed
already: here's Damiano Caruso (Italy) chatting with Blel Kadri (France).
Michael Kreder (Netherlands) and Florian Frohn (Germany) follow them.
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The Russians initially led the front of the field in hot pursuit.


The peloton in one of the seven passages over the line at Verbania.
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Laurent Beuret (Switzerland) and Pavel Kochetkov (Russia)
give it a go at escaping the bunch with a couple laps left.
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Jerseys of different colours mix up on the front of the peloton.
No team in particular is taking over the chase now.
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Same as above ... The chase did not bear fruit.
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But that's not much of a problem any longer for some riders, like Joze Jovanov.
The only competitor from the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
is now rather busy picking up and sending postcards to his frinds at home.
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Cyril Gautier gets into the right breakaway and later speeds off on his own
to take the win. Here's the Frenchman celebrating as he crosses the line.


But far more impressive are Paul Voss's celebrations as he wins the
bunch sprint for second place. The German didn't realize that someone
had come before, and kept yelling in joy like he was the actual race winner.
It took some time for the man to recover after he was told the unpleasant truth ...


Artur Tarasu of Belarus fell during the sprint. Thankfully the motorbike
behind him managed to stop before running over him.


Tarasu being assisted. The rider had a broken collarbone,
but it could have been even worse...


Time for the ceremony to begin, and Cyril Gautier to display the winner's smile.
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To the delight of this fan, who marched thru the streets of Verbania town,
waving the French flag, basically all day long.
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It took 10-15 minutes, but also poor Voss found the
strength to show up at the podium. So here are all
Top 3 finishers (someone looking happy, someone not) .
L to R: Paul Voss, Cyril Gautier, Timofey Kritskiy.
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Medals, flowers and smiles at the end of the ceremony.
A sunny day of good young gun cycling was coming to an end.
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Besides all the pictures above, we also post two clips at our brand new Video Channel. Just double-click on the small sized clips below to get access to the videos.



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