Verona, Italy – XXX Racing-AthletiCo’s Rebecca Much put the cycling world on notice Monday by racing to a silver medal in Women’s Junior Individual Time Trial on the opening day of the 2004 World Championships, in Verona, Italy. Much is a recent graduate of Chicago’s St. Ignatius College Prep and a currently a freshman at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.
The young American finished second to Tereza Hurikova of the Czech Republic in the 15.75-kilometer (9.8 mile) time trial, which was marked by rolling course with an uphill start. Much clocked a time of 22.19.47, just 5.37 seconds behind Hurikova and a slight .30 seconds ahead of bronze-medal winner Amanda Spratt of Australia. Her medal-winning performance marked the first top-three finish at the World Championships for the United States in any discipline since 2001, when American Danny Pate won the Under-23 men's time trial in Portugal.
Much will don her Stars and Stripes jersey again on Friday, October 1, to compete in the Women’s Junior Road Race. Friday’s event will cover 73.75 kilometers (45.8 miles) as the competitors complete five laps of a challenging course that includes a significant climb on each circuit.
The silver medal in Verona is the latest in a string of milestone performances for Much in 2004. She earned gold medals in both the Junior Time Trial and Junior Road Race at the National Cycling Championships in Park City, Utah, on August 19 and 23, respectively. Competing for XXX Racing-AthletiCo, Much also picked up a pair of “Superweek” victories in July against professionally-dominated fields, winning the Bensonville Criterium in Bensonville, Ill., and the MGA Proving Grounds Road Race in Burlington, Wisc.
RESULTS – Women’s Junior ITT – 15.75K
1 Tereza Hurikova (Czech Republic) - 22.14.10
2 Rebecca Much (USA) - +0.05.37
3 Amanda Spratt (Australia) - +0.05.67
4 Sabine Fischer (Germany) - +0.51.58
5 Marianne Vos (Netherlands) - +0.55.45
6 Roxane Knetemann (Netherlands) - +0.57.94
7 Alexandra Sontheimer (Germany) - +1.01.83
8 Natasha Mapley (Australia) - +1.09.08
9 Irina Zemlyanskaya (Russia) - +1.13.26
10 Emmanuelle Merlot (France) - +1.19.41
MUCH KICKS OFF ROAD WORLDS WITH SILVER MEDAL
Junior Women's and U23 Time Trial Start Things off in Italy
Report Courtesy USA Cycling
Bardolino, Italy, (September 27, 2004)--Rebecca Much (Chicago,
Ill.) kicked off Team USA's campaign at the 2004 UCI Road World
Championships with a silver medal in the junior women's time trial
this morning. Much, the current USCF Junior National Champion in
both the time trial and road race, clocked a 22:19.47 over the
15.75km course to finish just off the pace of Czech Republic's
Theresa Hurizkova. Hurizkova posted a 22:14.10 to best Much by a
mere 5.37 seconds.
Much, the sole junior women's representative for the U.S. squad,
has already had a banner year that not only includes her two
national titles, but also a pair of victories at this year's
International Cycling Classic amongst a respectable field of pro
On a clear day in the small village of Bardolino on the shores of
Lake Garda, the rolling terrain provided a challenging course for
the 38 starters that lined up to chase a rainbow jersey in the
most simplest forms of bicycle racing, a test against the clock.
At the 10.5 kilometer time check it was clear that Hurizkova would
be the rider to beat. The bronze medalist from last month's
mountain bike world championships came through nearly seven
seconds ahead of Much with just over 5km remaining.
The race for silver though was slightly more dramatic as Much held
a slight advantage over eventual bronze medalist, Amanda Spratt
(AUS) at the 10.5k mark. With nearly four seconds to make up with
5km remaining, Spratt began to take back valuable seconds
finishing with a dramatic bronze medal just .03 of a second behind
Following Much's silver medal performance, Tyler Farrar was the
highest placed American in the U23 time trial in 21st place,
2:35.38 off the world championship time of 46:56.39 posted by
Slovenia's Janez Brajkovic over the 36.75km course.
Team USA's other entry, Timothy Duggan (Boulder, Colo.) placed
The 2004 UCI Road World Championships continue on Tuesday with the
junior men's and elite women's time trial. Competing in the stars
and stripes jersey will be Olympic silver medalist, Dede Barry
(Boulder, Colo.) and Christine Thorburn (Davenport, Iowa) and
Chris Stockburger and Adam Switters.
AMANDA SPRATT OPENS AUSSIE ACCOUNT WITH A BRONZE MEDAL!
Report Courtesy Cycling Australia
Amanda Spratt, 17, from Springwood in the Blue Mountains has opened the Australian team’s medal account with bronze in the junior women’s 15.75km time trial on day one of the UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Italy.
Spratt, who in July claimed gold in the points race at the Junior Track World Championships in Los Angeles, posted a time of 22min19.77sec to finish 5.67 seconds behind Czech gold medallist Tereza Hurikova, 17, (22:14.00) with American Rebecca Much, 18, second in 22:19.47, 5.37 seconds off the winning time.
“I’m over the moon because I came here not knowing what to expect and it’s been an amazing experience,” said Spratt. “I am absolutely stoked.
“The course was pretty tough with a climb at the start but it was wonderful to have so many enthusiastic spectators cheering for us,” she said. “We’re not used to having so many people watch us race and it was my first experience of that sort of support for a junior road event.”
Spratt was the 20th from last rider to race and set the fastest time but her Czech rival beat it four riders later moving Spratt to silver. She sat in the medallists marshalling tent as another eight riders crossed the line before Much moved her back to third. With the top seven seeds still to finish it was an agonising wait for the teenager but the top three remained unchanged and she finally breathed a sigh of relief knowing the medal was hers.
“I was a little nervous and tense waiting but I knew I’d done all I could do,” Spratt explained. “I always like to be confident but you can really only be confident in your own ability.”
Spratt was surprised by the narrow margin between the medallists but more than happy with her bronze medal performance.
“The time trial is an event where you have no control over anyone else so my aim was to give it everything I had and finish knowing I couldn’t have given any more,” she said. “After that if I was beaten then it was by a better rider on the day and there’s not much you can do about that.”
Spratt’s team mate Natasha Mapley, 17, crossed in 23:23.18 to finish 8th at 1:09.08 giving Australia two top ten finishers.
“It’s a great start for the team,” said Spratt. “Nat and I have been training together so fabulous to have both of us up there.
“Also the good result will hopefully give the Aussie team a big boost as well.”
In the U23 men’s time trial over 36.75km Olympic teams pursuit gold medallist, Peter Dawson, 22, (WA) was 27th in a time of 50:37.93, 3:41.54 behind Slovenia’s Janez Brajkovic who claimed the world title in a time of 46:56.39 ahead of Dutch cyclist Thomas Dekker in 47:15.32 with Italian Vincenzo Nibali third in 47:15.71.
Day two’s racing will see recently crowned World Cup Champion and 2004 Australian Time Trial Champion, Oenone Wood, 24, and 2003 Australian Road Champion Olivia Gollan, 29, race in the 24.05km women’s time trial whilst in the junior men’s time trial, over the same distance, Tasmanian Matthew Goss, 17, will line up for Australia.