Friday, July 11, 2014

Stefan Kung wins European U23 TT Championship

In some of the more unsurprising news that you will see today, Swiss Stefan Kung (BMC Development) won the European U23 TT Championship in his home country on a 26.9 kilometer course around Nyon, which is in the extreme southwest on the shores of Lake Geneva. Kung blasted around the course in 33'55", which was an average speed of over 47.5 km/h.

I'm nonplussed about the results because Kung should have won it. If he didn't win today, I would have been shocked. Kung has been on some rip-roaring form for over a month now and after coming 2nd to Fabian Cancellara at the Swiss Elite Men's TT Championship at nationals, Kung was ready to crush skulls in the U23 ranks.

Coming in 2nd to Kung was Italian Davide Martinelli, who finished 24 seconds behind the future BMC rider. Alexander Evtushenko was able to grab 3rd place for Russia after posting a time 46 seconds down on Kung.

For those that are curious, Oskar Svendsen finished back in 13th at 1'35" back. Svendsen, who put out one of the biggest Vo2Max scores ever recorded, has been one of the bigger anomylies over the past two years after winning the Junior World TT Championship in 2012. Svendsen is bad at riding in packs but when the stars align, like they did at the Tour de l'Avenir last year, he can do great things.

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