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WORLD ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS - U23 MEN'S ITT
 
By Fabio
Date: 10/8/2002
WORLD ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS - U23 MEN'S ITT
 
The 21-year-old Lithuanian Tomas Vaitkus, usually riding for the Zoccorinese-Vellutex Ghia Fasco trade team, is the new World Champion of the U23 Individual Time Trial. The Baltic rider dominated the field in Tuesday afternoon's race in Zolder, by clicking a winning time of 38'40"80.

Second place getter was Russian Alexander Bespalov (39'22"50). The 22-year-old from Ufa in the Bashkir Republic of Russia is turning into a kind of "serial runner-up", as he took the silver medal also in the European Championships held in early August in Italy.

Portuguese sensation Sergio Paulinho (40'09"77) gave a further display of his skills by taking bronze at the expense of the reigining European champion, Sweden's Jonas Olsson (40h12'00).

Ireland's Mark Scanlon took 13th, while Polish-Canadian Piotr Mazur finished in fifteenth place. American Michael Creed was the best-placed among non-European riders, but could only take 17th (better then Slovenia's Zrimsek, bronze medalist at the European Champs but just eighteenth today) in a race won last year by fellow countryman Danny Pate. Not particularly good results for the other English-speaker either.

U23 MEN'S INDIVIDUAL TIME TRIAL - FULL RESULTS

1. Tomas Vaitkus (Lithuania) 38'40.80

2. Alexandr Bespalov (Russia) - at 41.69

3. Sergio Paulinho (Portugal) - at 1'28.96

4. Jonas Olsson (Sweden) - at 1'31.20

5. Marcus Fothen (Germany) - at 1'32.95

6. Alexandr Arekeev (Russia) - at 1'39.80

7. Sébastien Rosseler (Belgium) - at 1'40.67

8. Niels Scheuneman (Holland) - at 1'49.09

9. Gregor Gazvoda (Slovenia) - at 1'50.07

10. Christophe Kern (France) - at 1'50.75

11. Francisco Gutierrez (Spain) - at 1'53.98

12. Volodymyr Starchyk (Ukraine) - at 2'03.18

13. Mark Scanlon (Ireland) - at 2'03.96

14. Benoït Vaugrenard (France) - at 2'05.07

15. Piotr Mazur (Poland) - at 2'07.61

16. Alberto Contador Velasco (Spain) - at 2'12.01

17. Michael Creed (USA) - at 2'12.49

18. Jure Zrimsek (Slovenia) - at 2'14.10

19. Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece) - at 2'14.95

20. Kevin De Weert (Belgium) - at 2'15.96

21. Enrico Franzoi (Italy) - at 2'21.88

22. Rasmus Dyring (Denmark) - at 2'31.91

23. Brian Vandborg (Denmark) - at 2'36.22

24. Thomas Ziegler (Germany) - at 2'38.02

25. Olegs Melehs (Latvia) - at 2'39.96

26. Stef Clement (Holland) - at 2'44.41

27. Andrea Liverani (Italy) - at 2'49.42

28. Gustav Larsson (Sweden) - at 2'51.80

29. Kieran Page (Great Britain) - at 3'00.30

30. Blazej Janiaczyk (Poland) - at 3'01.90

31. Mark Fitzgerald (USA) - at 3'04.74

32. Dermot Nally (Ireland) - at 3'09.74

33. Viktor Rapinski (Belarus) - at 3'13.18

34. Rory Sutherland (Australia) - at 3'19.94

35. Heath Blackgrove (New Zealand) - at 3'19.56

36. Jeremy Yates (New Zealand) - at 3'21.59

37. Hernani Broco (Portugal) - at 3'21.95

38. Muradjan Khalmuratov (Uzbekistan) - at 3'24.93

39. Viktor Shestakov (Kazakhstan) - at 3'25.75

40. Andres Rodriguez Diaz (Colombia) - at 3'29.42

41. Jean-François Laroche (Canada) - at 3'31.85

42. Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (Colombia) - at 3'44.62

43. Steven Cummings (Great Britain) - at 3'45.92

44. Jan Mcleod (South Africa) - at 3'51.07

45. Ladislav Fabisovsky (Czech Rep.) - at 3'55.71

46. Kimmo Kananen (Finland) - at 4'02.20

47. Christopher D. Myhre (Norway) - at 4'05.89

48. Maxim Iglinskiy (Kazakhstan) - at 4'11.17

49. Roman Gugger (Switzerland) - at 4'16.98

50. Lars Breiseth (Norway) - at 4'22.20

51. Zoltan Csomor (Hungary) - at 4'32.28

52. George Ninos (Greece) - at 5'52.04

53. Andreas Dietziker (Switzerland) - at 6'05.76

54. Carlos Enrique Avalos (El Salvador) - at 7'23.02

55. Erik Hoffmann (Namibia) - at 7'26.76

56. Jose Reinaldo Murillo (El Salvador) - at 7'34.20

57. Fein Oded (Israel) - at 8'13.89

POST-RACE INTERVIEW: Maybe due to his not perfect knowledge of the English language, maybe to the big emotion for winning a World Title, Tomas Vaitkus wasn't particularly talkative after his victory. Interviewed on Eurosport, he said he worked hard to achieve this result, definitely the best so far in his career, but actually didn't expect him to win, as his main target was simply getting a podium place. The new world champion added that this win may be helpful for the future of his career, and also thanked his trainer Olivano Locatelli.

And talking of Locatelli, there's no doubt that Tuesday was just another triumphal day for the Landbouwkrediet-Colnago and Zoccorinese Team Director, who really seems to be particularly good at discovering many talented riders and leading them to success. It happened in the past, with last year's U23 World Road Champion Yaroslav Popovych and many other guys; it just happened again with Tomas Vaitkus (who is also an excellent track rider - btw).


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