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World Championships 2004 - Junior Men's Road Race - LIVE
 
By Staff
Date: 10/2/2004
World Championships 2004 - Junior Men's Road Race - LIVE
 

Hello, good morning and welcome to todays battle for gold in Verona. Today the Junior men conquer their rainbowjersey. Who will grab the gold and be celebrated the winner? Ride along and please do not forget to press F5 for regular updates.

Today’s event runs over nine laps of the Torricelle circuit (featuring the 3.4-km. Torricelle climb, whose average gradient hovers around 4 €, with the max.gradient going up to about 7%), totalling a distance of 132.75 km. The map of the circuit is as follows:

And the race starlist is the following one:

1. Robert Gesink (Holland)
2. Michel Kreder (Holland)
3. Rob Ruigh (Holland)
4. Thijs Van Amerongen (Holland)
5. Cornelius Van Ooijen (Holland)
6. Anders Berendt Hansen (Denmark)
7. Jonas Follmann Madsen (Denmark)
8. Troels Ronning Vinther (Denmark)
9. André Steensen (Denmark)
10. Thomas Vedel Kvist (Denmark)
11. Leopold Konig (Czech Republic)
12. Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic)
13. Zdenek Machac (Czech Republic)
14. Petr Novotny (Czech Republic)
15. David Abal Diego (Spain)
16. Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spain)
17. Egoitz García Echeguibel (Spain)
18. Hector González Baeza (Spain)
19. Ruben Reig Conejero (Spain)
20 .Jonas Bjelkmark (Sweden)
21. Fredrik Johansson (Sweden)
22. Johan Lindgren (Sweden)
23. Viktor Renäng (Sweden)
24. Ben Hermans (Belgium)
25. Pieter Jacobs (Belgium)
26. Nikolas Maes (Belgium)
27. Kevin Seeldrayers (Belgium)
28. Michiel Van Aelbroeck (Belgium)
29. Marko Hlebanja (Slovenia)
30. Kristjan Koren (Slovenia)
31. Joze Senekovic (Slovenia)
32. Simon Spilak (Slovenia)
33. Gasper Svab (Slovenia)
34. Alexandre Binet (France)
35. Mikael Cherel (France)
36. Cyril Gautier (France)
37. Blel Kadri (France)
38. Pierre Rolland (France)
39. Eros Capecchi (Italy)
40. Marco Corti (Italy)
41. Fabio Donesana (Italy)
42. Federico Masiero (Italy)
43. Simone Ponzi (Italy)
44. Pavel Kochetkov (Russia)
45. Anton Reshetnikov (Russia)
46. Ivan Rovnyi (Russia)
47. Alexander Slivkin (Russia)
48. Alexander Urychev (Russia)
49. Rafaâ Chtioui (Tunisia)
50. Marcel Barth (Germany)
51. Mathias Belka (Germany)
52. Michael Franzl (Germany)
53. Sebastian Hans (Germany)
54. Phillip Seubert (Germany)
55. Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Colombia)
56. Carlos Julián Quintero (Colombia)
57. Tobias Eggli (Switzerland)
58. Mathias Frank (Switzerland)
59. Rafael Nick (Switzerland)
60. Schär Michael (Switzerland)
61. Marcel Wyss (Switzerland)
62. Slavomir Benc (Slovakia)
63. Patrik Fabian (Slovakia)
64. Lukas Hanus (Slovakia)
65. Michal Prachar (Slovakia)
66. Branislav Zachar (Slovakia)
67. Lukasz Bujko (Poland)
68. Pawel Cieslik (Poland)
69. Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland)
70. Lukasz Modzelewski (Poland)
71. Piotr Pyszny (Poland)
72. Simon Clarke (Australia)
73. Matthew Harley Goss (Australia)
74. Patrick Shaw (Australia)
75. Andrew Wade (Australia)
76. Daniel Martin (Great Britain)
77. Ian Stannard (Great Britain)
78. Alistair Stoddart (Great Britain)
79. Geraint Thomas (Great Britain)
80. Zachary Bolian (USA)
81. Alexander Boyd (USA)
82. Chris Stockburger (USA)
83. Adam Switters (USA)
84. Zachary Taylor (USA)
85. Nick Clesen (Luxembourg)
86. Jempy Drucker (Luxembourg)
87. Ben Gastauer (Luxembourg)
88. Cyrille Heymans (Luxembourg)
89. Robert Schmitt (Luxembourg)
90. Daniels Ernestovskis (Latvia)
91. Janis Ozols (Latvia)
92. Herberts Pudans (Latvia)
93. Gints Reinolds (Latvia)
94. Gatis Smukulis (Latvia)
95. Clinton Avery (New Zealand)
96. Edwin Crossling (New Zealand)
97. Andrew Pollock (New Zealand)
98. Andrew Thompson (New Zealand)
99. Calvin Wilson (New Zealand)
100. Vitaliy Buts (Ukraine)
101. Yevgeniy Nykolenko (Ukraine)
102. Nikolay Onysechko (Ukraine)
103. Oleg Opryshko (Ukraine)
104. Anatoliy Yugov (Ukraine)
105. Stefan Denifl (Austria)
106. Heimo Flechl (Austria)
107. Franz Grassmann (Austria)
108. Michael Kocner (Austria)
109. Christoph Sokoll (Austria)
110. Márcio Barbosa (Portugal)
111. Samuel Dias Coelho (Portugal)
112. Rui Costa (Portugal)
113. Jorge Pereira (Portugal)
114. Vitor Rodrigues (Portugal)
115. Eric Boily (Canada)
116 Brooke Boocock (Canada)
117. Adam Thuss (Canada)
118. Raphael Tremblay (Canada)
119. Roman Kireyev (Kazakhstan)
120. Bolat Raimbekov (Kazakhstan)
121. Ruslan Tleubayev (Kazakhstan)
122. Ivan Zhiyentayev (Kazakhstan)
123. Ryuta Morimoto (Japan)
124. Makoto Shimada (Japan)
125. David Balogh (Hungary)
126. Istvan Cziraki (Hungary)
127. Sandor Koczka (Hungary)
128. Gergely Liska (Hungary)
129. Oleg Berdos (Moldova)
130. Sergiu Catan (Moldova)
131. Andrei Mironov (Moldova)
132. Alexandr Pliuschin (Moldova)
133. Marius Bernatonis (Lithuania)
134. Eligijus Dalisanskas (Lithuania)
135. Egidijus Jursys (Lithuania)
136. Tomas Tareilis (Lithuania)
137. Martin Grashev (Bulgaria)
138. Spas Gyurov (Bulgaria)
139. Panayotov P Etar (Bulgaria)
140. John-Lee Augustyn (South Africa)
141. Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (South Africa)
142. Juan Van Heerden (South Africa)
143. Duncan Viljoen (South Africa)
144. Kristijan Durasek (Croatia)
145. Matej Fonovic (Croatia)
146. Robert Kiserlovski (Croatia)
147. Vedran Vitasovic (Croatia)
148. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway)
149. Alexander Kristoff (Norway)
150. Janar Jermakov (Estonia)
151. Tanel Kangert (Estonia)
152. Ervin Korts-Laur (Estonia)
153. Roderick Muscat (Malta)
154. Shawn Pullicino (Malta)
155. Tal Eizinbad (Israel)
156. Artur Tarasau (Belarus)
157. Yury Yazepchyk (Belarus)
158. Siarhei Zatonenka (Belarus)
159. Archil Makharashvili (Georgia)
160. Giorgi Nadiradze (Georgia)
161. Ilias Periklis (Greece)
162. Panagiotis Potsakis (Greece)
163. Martin Munroe (Ireland)
164. Mark Nestor (Ireland)
165. Maurice O'Brien (Ireland)
166. Luis Pulido Naranjo (Mexico)
167. Mouhim Hayani (Morocco)
168. Laszlo Madaras (Romania)
169. Marius Nicolae Stoica (Romania)
170. Lorenzo Antonini (San Marino)
171. Simone Podeschi (San Marino)
172. Marco Zafferani (San Marino)
173. Dejan Stefanovic (Serbia-Montenegro)
174. Milos Velickovic (Serbia-Montenegro)
175. Ruslan Karimov (Uzbekistan)
176. Philipp Ludescher (Austria)

At this moment we do see an attack of Kevin Seeldrayers from Belgium. He did attack on the Torricelle-climb. Five years ago in this very city it was Damiano Cunego from Verona who grabbed the gold, ahead of Russians Ruslan Kaioumov.

Five laps to go, the bunch is all together now. At the back of the pack many allready have had to let go. Racing goes on, but thoughts in the peloton wander to Belgium, where today the last Sunday in a race died Tim Pauwels his funeral is.

At the Torricelle climb we do see Kreutziger in the frontlines. Also some orange jerseys of the Dutch riders do show up there. In Italian newspapers this week the Italian riders marked Hollands Rob Ruijgh as the man to beat (since he convincedly won a tough race in Italy recently).

Italians Eros Capecchi is also one of the main favorites in this race. In yesterdays U23 category we did see his countryman Pozzovivo also battling untill the last laps. At the pressconference after the race gold medal winner Siutsou told that Pozzovivo offered him money but he refused. The Italian papers do tell today Pozzovivo so did not only loose the gold, but also his face....

With 73 km to go we do see a group of 11, at 26 seconds Novotny from Czechia tries to stay ahead of the bunch. In the first group we do see amongst others Nicolas Maes (Belgium), Thijs Van Amerongen (Netherlands), Simone Ponzi (Italy), Matthew Goss (Australia), Geraint Thomas (Great Britain)and Alexander Slivkin (Russia). Many nationalities are present. Next to try to excape the bunch is a Swiss rider.

At the finishline the juniors have four laps to ride. One of the Portuguese riders did tumble down, he is out of the race. In the first group we also do see Schär from Switzerland. The 12 in the lead are chased Marcel Barth (Germany) and Blel Kadri (France). They are currently 12 seconds behind. Kadri leaves the German rider behind. The bunch closes in rapidly.

In the downhill part of the Torricelle Kreutziger shows he is eager to win. Also Slivkin is very active in the break. These juniors are not so used to ride in bigger groups and pelotons as the pros are. This can cause crashes. In this lap it was Dutch Rob Ruijgh going down to the ground. He though did get back in his bike again and retrieves contact with the pack.

Yet another crossing of the finishline. The gap is down to 10 seconds to the three chasers and 20" to the bunch.

Kadri and the other escapee are joined by an Aussie (Tasmanian Matthew Goss), Kevin Seeldrayers of Belgium, and a couple more riders at the start of the sixth lap. This small breakaway takes about 30" out of the bunch. Goss is an excelleent rider that won two titles on the track at the World Champs in LA, but also a recent contest on Italian roads.

Pavel Kochetkov of Russia (stage winnr in the recent Tour of Tuscany, and best climber in the breakaway group) and Jempy Drucker (Luxembourg) are the other ones in the front group, that increased their lead to almost one minute. No Dutch guys, no Italians in the break, so maybe the Orange boys and the Squadra Azzurra should join their efforts and start some serious chase.

Kevin Seeldrayers (Belgium) on a solo attack on Le Torricelle, while Italy's Simone Ponzi rides away from the field and tries to get across and join the front group

The Belgian gained about a doezn secs ovet the closest chasers, while there are more and more skirmishes in the main bunch, now led by Czech rider Kreuziger, who's going like a motorbike on the ascent. Such that the 4 other (former) escapees are now caught by the peloton.

Both race leader Kevin Seeldrayers and the bunch got to the top of the Torricelle, and are on the descent afterwards. The gap is narrow anyway, and the Belgian is gonna get swallowed soon.

Matt Goss on the attack again: the Australin rode away of the field and joined Kevin Seeldrayers in the flat part of the circuit, heading for downtown Verona for the sixth time, with about 45 km. to go.

More skirmishes inside the bunch, with a few more riders taking a few metres out of the rest; the situation is quite hectic at the moment, although Matt Goss and Kevin Seeldrayers remain in the lead by a narrow margin.

Gruppo compatto again as the race comes across the start/finish line for the sixth time. Three laps to go (43 km. that is). Then Oleksandr Pliuschin of Moldova (sixth place finisher in Tuesday's ITT) attacks and takes a few metres out of the bunch, with another protagonist of the race against the clock, Michael Schär of Switzerland, trying to join him. The Swiss succeeds: two men in the lead now.

Swiss Michael Schär is wearing a yellow wristband of the Lance Armstrong Foundation! Very good thing ...

The Swiss attacks while climbing the Torricelle for the seventh thime and easily drops the Moldovan, while a four-strong chasing group, featuring Australia's Simon Clarke, Italy's Marco Corti, Germany's Phillip Seubert and a French rider formed right behind them.

Mr. Rob Ruigh (Holland) in person joins the chasing quartet, now down to Michael Schär (arguably the tallest guy in the junior peloton, as he's 1.97m. tall) by some 20". Schaer in the lead, Pliuschin in second, then five chasers, then the peloton.

Another big name (well, sort of), of the Junior peloton Slovenia's Spilak, attacks the field and tries to catch the five boys of the first chasing group. Another French rider follows his move ... Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic) counters.

Solo leader Michael Schär and the chasers reach the top of the Torricelle for the seventh time, but more attacks and counter-attacks have caused further splits in the peloton behind.

Michael Schär was caught by a small group of riders, containing, among others, the likes of Rough, Spilak and Kreuziger. A helluva bunch indeed!! More and more riders are either joining the front group or getting dropped. Now that wwe are back in the flat part leading into Verona, it looks like we have about 15 riders in the lead, among them two Italians (Corti and Capecchi) and as many orange boys (Rouigh included) ... and Simon Spilak of Slovenia, and Roman Kreuziger. And more and more riders are about to join the leading group, that's not riding at high pace now.

Marco Corti (son of Saeco's DS Claudio Corti) attacks on the way to the seventh passage over the finish line, with Simon Clarke of Australia and France's Pierre Rolland following. Another huge effort by Holland's Rob Ruijgh, who got across to joined the leading trio. Which is a quintet now, as also Geraint Thomas (Great Britain) joined them, as the eighth and penultimate lap has just begun.

Five riders (Rouijgh, Corti, Clarke, Rolland, Thomas) are leading the peloton by some 100 metre, while Michael Schaer in between. The race is about to hit Le Torricelle for the penultimate time. A few riders (two Austrians and Spain's González, a future memebr of the U23 branch of the Euskaltel team) were involved in a small pile-up instead.

26k to go, and the Torricelle are splitting the peloton gain, with more riders closing down the gap to the leading quintet. And now there's about 15 men in the front group, among them also Slovenia's Spilak and Czech Roman Kreuziger, who are forcing the pace one more time.

Italy's Capecchi attacks, Spilak counters his move and move riders follow. One Dutch boy included, but it's not Ruijgh this time: it's Robert Gesink.

After an impressive streak of attacks and counter-attacks on Le Torriccelle, a group of six formed up front, containing Kreuziger, Spilak, Capecchi, Gesink and two Belgians: Ben Hermans and Pieter Jacobs. But neither Rob Ruijgh nor Claudio Corti, who are more than a dozen seconds back, can be seen in the lead.

Belgium's Hermans attacks on the descent. Kreuziger, Ruijgh, Clarke follow. And so do others including Michiel Van Aelbroeck of Belgium.

Situation still hectic, with a broader group in the lead, after further attacks from Cyril Gautier (France) and surprising Rafaâ Chtioui of Tunisia. But a first front group of 19 riders formed early in the last lap. Belgium is the best rpersented nation with three riders in the breakaway. Italy has just Eros Capecchi instead.

Australian Simon Clarke attacks as the race hisst the Torricelle for the last time. One Russian rider (Ivan Rovnyi) tries to follow his wheels and is currently trailing by a few seconds. We are still in the first half of Le Torricelle anyway.

Super-attack by Kreuziger, it took a few seconds for the Czech rider to make his move and catch Rovnyi first, and Clarke later. But then came most of the first peloton, such that we have about a dozen riders in the lead, while the race is about to reach to the top of Le Torricelle for the least time. And Kreuziger attacks again!! But the other frontrunners don't let him go.

Then it's Simon Spilak's turn to attack on the last part of Le Torricellle. He gains just a few metres on Capecchi, Kreuziger and Hermans, with the others slightly behind. Once more Le Torricelle split the leading bunch, but the situation is still unclear, with about 7-8 km to go, and the leaders on the final descent into Verona.

Rafaâ Chtioui of Tunisia attacks in the descent!! The African is now joined by Kreuziger, they lead the first chasers (Jakobs of Belgium and Capecchi) by about seven seconds, with otheres Spilak included, slightly behind.

Although the Tunisian mistook a turn and almost hit the deck, Chtioui and Kreuziger extended their lead to nine seconds in the first part of the flat section leading into downtown Verona. Spilak, Jakobs, Herman and Capecchi are the nearest chasers.

Chtioui and Kreuziger are working well together, and their lead is still hovering around 8-10 seconds, with Spilak taking a small advantage over the other chasers.

Under the flambe rouge, Chtioui and Kreuziger are leading a five-strong chaisng bunch by 7". Will they make it to the line? Will they save their lead? What a finish is coming!

THEY DO!! And it's a two-man sprint. And Kreuziger wins!!. Comfortably too!

Chtioui gives Tunisia their first ever medal !! While Spilak takes the bronze for Slovenia in the small bunch sprint a few seconds back. Capecchi (Ita) and Jakobs (Bel) complete the race top 5. And Gesink (Hol), Hermans (Bel), Binet (Fra), Rovnyi (Rus), and Gautier (Fra) completed the top 10 instead.

Junior Men Road Race - Full Results
1. Roman Krueziger (Czech Republic) -03h25'39"
2. Rafaâ Chtioui (Tunisia) - s.t.
3. Simon Spilak (Slovenia) - at 06"
4. Eros Capecchi (Italy) - s.t.
5. Pieter Jacobs (Belgium) - s.t.
6. Rob Gesink (Holland) - s.t.
7. Ben Hermans (Belgium) - s.t.
8. Alexandre Binet (France) - at 32"
9. Ivan Rovnyi (Russia) - s.t.
10. Cyril Gautier (France) - s.t.
11. Thomas Vedel Kvist (Denmark) - s.t.
12. Michael Schär (Switzerland) - s.t.
13. Simon Clarke (Australia) - s.t.
14. Geraint Thomas (Great Britain) - s.t.
15. Pierre Rolland (France) - s.t.
16. Vitor Rodrigues (Portugal) - s.t.
17. Johan Lindgren (Sweden) - s.t.
18. Kevin Seeldrayers (Belgium) - at 03'09
19. Michiel Van Aelbroeck (Belgium) - s.t.
20. Joze Senekovic (Slovenia) - at 03'29"
21. Gatis Smukulis (Latvia) - at 03'30"
22. André Steensen (Denmark) - at 03'40"
23. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway) - s.t.
24. Nikolas Maes (Belgium) - s.t.
25. Viktor Renäng (Sweden) - s.t.
26. Mathias Belka (Germany) - s.t.
27. John-Lee Augustyn (South Africa) - s.t.
28. Roman Kireyev (Kazakhstan) - s.t.
29. Michael Franzl (Germany) - s.t.
30. Tobias Eggli (Switzerland) - s.t.
31. Herberts Pudans (Latvia) - s.t.
32. Yury Yazepchyk (Belarus) - s.t.
33. Artur Tarasau (Belarus) - s.t.
34. Carlos Julián Quintero (Colombia) - s.t.
35. Rafael Nick (Switzerland) - s.t.
36. Leopold Konig (Czech Republic) - s.t.
37. Robert Kiserlovski (Croatia) - s.t.
38. Ruben Reig Conejero (Spain) - s.t.
39. Pavel Kochetkov (Russia) - s.t.
40. Tanel Kangert (Estonia) - s.t.
41. Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Colombia) - s.t.
42. Marcel Wyss (Switzerland) - s.t.
43. Anton Reshetnikov (Russia) - s.t.
44. Anders Berendt Hansen (Denmark) - at 03'56"
45. Duncan Viljoen (South Africa) - at 03'58"
46. Clinton Avery (New Zealand) - at 04'12"
47. Rob Ruigh (Netherlands) - at 04'13"
48. Kristjan Koren (Slovenia) - at 05'20"
49. Giorgi Nadiradze (Georgia) - at 05'29"
50. Marco Corti (Italy) - at 05'47"
51. Mathias Frank (Switzerland) - s.t.
52. Egidijus Jursys (Lithuania) - at 06'21"
53. Petr Novotny (Czech Republic) - s.t.
54. Thijs Van Amerongen (Netherlands) - s.t.
55. Alexandr Pliuschin (Moldova) - at 06'28
56. Mikael Cherel (France) - s.t.
57. Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (South Africa) - at 0
58. Federico Masiero (Italy) - s.t.
59. Simone Ponzi (Italy) - s.t.
60. Roderick Muscat (Malta) - at 07'08"
61. Jempy Drucker (Luxembourg) - at 08'22"
62. Pawel Cieslik (Poland) - at 08'56"
63. Matthew Harley Goss (Australia) - s.t.
64. Franz Grassmann (Austria) - s.t.
65. Phillip Seubert (Germany) - s.t.
66. Alexander Slivkin (Russia) - s.t.
67. Daniel Martin (Great Britain) - at 09'14"
68. Daniels Ernestovskis (Latvia) - at 11'19"
69. Rui Costa (Portugal) - at 11'51"
70. Yevgeniy Nykolenko (Ukraine) - at 11'59"
71. Vitaliy Buts (Ukraine) - at 12'23"
72. Blel Kadri (France) - at 13'09"
73. Michel Kreder (Netherlands) - at - s.t.
74. Marcel Barth (Germany) - at 13'11"
75. Branislav Zachar (Slovakia) - at 14'59"
76.. Ervin Korts-Laur (Estonia) - at 15'10"
77. Cyrille Heymans (Luxembourg) - at - s.t.
78. Marko Hlebanja (Slovenia) - at - s.t.
79. Sebastian Hans (Germany) - at - s.t.
80. Oleg Berdos (Moldova) - at - s.t.
81. Luis Pulido Naranjo (Mexico) - at - s.t.
82. Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spain) - at - s.t.
83. Kristijan Durasek (Croatia) - at - s.t.
84. Patrick Shaw (Australia) - at 15'14"
85. Andrew Pollock (New Zealand) - at 15'30"
86. Tomas Tareilis (Lithuania) - at 15'37"
87. Juan Van Heerden (South Africa) - at 15'59"
88. Andrew Thompson (New Zealand) - at - s.t.
89. Philipp Ludescher (Austria) - at 16'01"
90. Marius Bernatonis (Lithuania) - at - s.t.
91. Michal Prachar (Slovakia) - at - s.t.
92. Christoph Sokoll (Austria) - at - s.t.
93. Ruslan Tleubayev (Kazakhstan) - at - s.t.
94. Ben Gastauer (Luxembourg) - at - s.t.
95. Jonas Follmann Madsen (Denmark) - at - s.t.
96. Van Ooijen Cornelius (Netherlands) - at - s.t.
97. Nikolay Onysechko (Ukraine) - at - s.t.
98. Andrew Wade (Australia) - at - s.t.
99. Mark Nestor (Ireland) - at - s.t.
100. Spas Gyurov (Bulgaria) - at 17'16"
101. Lukas Hanus (Slovakia) - at 17'48"
102. Istvan Cziraki (Hungary) - at 18'28"
103. Ryuta Morimoto (Japan) - at - s.t.
104. Chris Stockburger (USA) - at 19'49"
105. Nick Clesen (Luxembourg) - at 21'55"
106. Eligijus Dalisanskas (Lithuania) - at 23'40"
107. Alexander Kristoff (Norway) - at - s.t.
108. Janis Ozols (Latvia) - at - s.t.
109. Martin Munroe (Ireland) - at - s.t.
110. Simone Podeschi (San Marino) - at - s.t.
111. Stoica Marius Nicolae (Romania) - at - s.t.
112. Adam Thuss (Canada) - at - s.t.
113. Janar Jermakov (Estonia) - at - s.t.
114. Archil Makharashvili (Georgia) - at - s.t.
115. Panagiotis Potsakis (Greece) - at - s.t.
116. Slavomir Benc (Slovakia) - at - s.t.
117. Laszlo Madaras (Romania) - at - s.t.
118. Fredrik Johansson (Sweden) - at - s.t.
119. Makoto Shimada (Japan) - at - s.t.
120. Robert Schmitt (Luxembourg) - at 23'47"
121. Zachary Bolian (USA) - at - s.t.
122. Zachary Taylor (USA) - at - s.t.
123. Sergiu Catan (Moldova) - at 27'31"
124. Ilias Periklis (Greece) - at 27'34"
125. Gints Reinolds (Latvia) - at 28'56"

DNF. Calvin Wilson (New Zealand)
DNF. Ruslan Karimov (Uzbekistan)
DNF. Hector González Baeza (Spain)
DNF. Jonas Bjelkmark (Sweden)
DNF. Alexander Urychev (Russia)
DNF. Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland)
DNF. Alexander Boyd (USA)
DNF. Stefan Denifl (Austria)
DNF. Bolat Raimbekov (Kazakhstan)
DNF. David Balogh (Hungary)
DNF. Milos Velickovic (Serbia-Montenegro)
DNF. Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Spain)
DNF. Fabio Donesana (Italy)
DNF. Patrik Fabian (Slovakia)
DNF. Lukasz Bujko (Poland)
DNF. Lukasz Modzelewski (Poland)
DNF. Oleg Opryshko (Ukraine)
DNF. Márcio Barbosa (Portugal)
DNF. Eric Boily (Canada)
DNF. Ivan Zhiyentayev (Kazakhstan)
DNF. Sandor Koczka (Hungary)
DNF. Gergely Liska (Hungary)
DNF. Petar Panayotov (Bulgaria)
DNF. Matej Fonovic (Croatia)
DNF. Dejan Stefanovic (Serbia-Montenegro)
DNF. David Abal Diego (Spain)
DNF. Samuel Dias Coelho (Portugal)
DNF. Andrei Mironov (Moldova)
DNF. Vedran Vitasovic (Croatia)
DNF. Tal Eizinbad (Israel)
DNF. Maurice O'Brien (Ireland)
DNF. Zdenek Machac (Czech Republic)
DNF. Edwin Crossling (New Zealand)
DNF. Jorge Pereira (Portugal)
DNF. Piotr Pyszny (Poland)
DNF. Alistair Stoddart (Great Britain)
DNF. Anatoliy Yugov (Ukraine)
DNF. Heimo Flechl (Austria)
DNF. Brooke Boocock (Canada)
DNF. Martin Grashev (Bulgaria)
DNF. Shawn Pullicino (Malta)
DNF. Troels Ronning Vinther (Denmark)
DNF. Adam Switters (USA)
DNF. Siarhei Zatonenka (Belarus)
DNF. Ian Stannard (Great Britain)
DNF. Lorenzo Antonini (San Marino)
DNF. Marco Zafferani (San Marino)
DNF. Raphael Tremblay (Canada)
DNF. Mouhim Hayani (Morocco)

Post-race comments (well, sort of): Roman Kreuziger added a second medal to his World Champs tally, four days after his ITT silver. A well-earned win for the Czech teen-ager, whose father was a strong and successful Cyclocross rider also, winner of the World Title in 1983 (they must be accustomed to rainbow things there). Kreuziger was active all the time today, staged countless attacks and counter-attacks, and clearly showed that he wanted, and deserved, to win.

But arguably the biggest news of the day was Tunisia's first ever medal at the World Champs. While presumed powerhouses such as France and Spain are still struggling to get some good results, Rafaa Chtioui and his country can celebrate the silver, after the young gun, based in Switzerland and racing under UCI sponsorship, not much in the spotlight earlier in the race, launched a perfectly timed attack in the final descent; then a perfect cooperation with Roman Kreuziger helped him get a fantastic result. Something the mega-smiling Tunisian was still looking incredulous of, also after the medal was actually hanging around his neck ... Way to go, Rafaa!!

Slovenia's Simon Spilak was among the red hot favourites to grab a medal. And a medal he grabbed, although it wasn't the most precious one. One gold (Brajkvoic) and one bronze thing make for a great tally for their small and young nation anyway.

Italy, The Netherlands and Belgium had more than one rider in the limelight throughout the race. They either staged or countered several attacks, and were well-determined to go for the glory, but eventually all they got was what fans in Italy call the "Medaglia di Legno" ("Wood Medal"), the one reserved for riders slightly missing the top 3.

But as Holland maybe gave us a break after their domination of the Junior Women Road Race and Thomas Dekker's collection of silver medals, and with more glory in orange colors likely to come in the Elite Women RR this afternoon, Italians repeated their Under 23 RR performance. And results. And now the Bettinis and Cunegos as the nation's last hope to bring home the gold, on the male side of the matter at least. But there's this "cramps" factor too: after Visconti and Pozzovivo suffered cramps yesterday, and also Eros Capecchi complained about cramps at the end of this race, the Bettinis and Cunegos had better be careful ...

As of Australia, once more riders from OZ were seen in the breakaways. Just like in both of yesterday's events, they were often seen among those who livened up the race. Add Michael Rogers' landlside win against the clock and Amanda Spratt's opening bronze, and you may easily realize why the Aussie should be included in the list of main protagonists of these Worlds.


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