Monday, June 29, 2015

U23 Nationals, Part 2

Following a 10-hour drive, I'm tired. Let's go through the National Championships from the weekend. Depending on the country, we will go through the Elite race where U23s performed well as well as the U23 race, if applicable. For part 1 of this, go here. Alphabetical order, by country...


While Redi Halilaj won the race, U23 Iltjan Nika (d'Amico-Bottecchia) was 2nd in the race for the 2nd year running but was able to snag the U23 jersey.


Gregor Mühlberger (Felbermayr-Simplon) finished 5th in both the Elite TT and the Elite RR to cap off the first half of his electric season. Mühlberger was apart of the death march and ended up finishing 3 minutes off winner Marco Haller.



The initial report coming out after the race by the winner, Andrei Krasilnikau, is insane.
So Kuschynski was mad that he got 2nd and as the DS, he decided to take the new Belorussian champion's bike? Pretty messed up but the details still need confirmation.

Oh and the U23 race was won by Dzmitry Zhyhunou.


Ben Perry (Silber) won the Canadian U23 contest after finishing 5th in the Elite Race in a tight sprint against Adam De Vos (H&R Block) and Alex Cataford (Silber).

Czech Republic

The Czechs and Slovaks hold a joint national championship to make it feel like the old days. While Petr Vakoc won the elite race, Frantisek Sisr (Dukla Praha) won the sprint for 3rd that took him the U23 title ahead of Josef Cerny (CCC Polsat) and Daniel Turek (Cycling Academy).


While the Danish U23 championships happened a couple weeks ago, the U23s lined up for the Elite Championships. Mads Würtz (ColoQuick) finished 3rd in the Elite TT, which was better than Jakob Fuglsang, Michael Valgren and Lasse Norman Hansen. He is the current U23 men's champion in the discipline but has still been struggling with a good handful of DNFs. Hopefully he gets more consistent but he has time as he has another U23 season yet.

In the Elite RR, the race exploded and a group of 12 was off the front including U23s Emil Vinjebo (Trefor), Würtz & Alexander Kamp (ColoQuick) and Michael Carbel (CULT Energy). While the race went away between Chris Anker Sørensen and Martin Mortensen, Kamp won the sprint for 3rd place while Carbel was in the same group in 5th.


The nearly pan-flat Baltic country saw a breakaway of two in Gert Joeäär and Rein Taaramae take the race while Endrik Puntso won the sprint of 3rd to take the U23 title.


While technically, Merhawi Kudus won the U23 TT title after finishing 4th, the next U23 rider was Metkel Eyob in 7th. In the RR, a sprint (I think since results haven't been finalized) decided it with 3rd place Amanuel Gebrezgabihier taking the U23 title.


Roope Nurmi won the sprint ahead of Aleksi Hanninen and Sasu Halme, the winner of the U23 TT.


While it is a couple weeks until the German U23 RR, some of the U23s rode in the Elite Men's RR. Lennard Kämna (Stölting) won the U23 TT by just 7 seconds on Friday while on Sunday's RR, Kämna and Nico Denz (Chambery CF) finished in the same group as John Degenkolb and Linus Gerdemann just 13 seconds down on winner Emanuel Buchmann.

Great Britain

In the death march that was the GB Championships in Lincolnshire, Owain Doull (Team Wiggins) finished 7th in the Elite Men's race to take the U23 crown with the next U23, Sam Lowe (Raleigh-GAC) coming in 2 minutes later in 15th.


After a surprise showing in the Elite Men's TT, Eddie Dunbar finished 2nd in the Elite Men's RR to take the U23 RR crown by nearly 4 minutes over the next U23 rider, Daniel Stewart. Dunbar is still just a first year rider but he is showing why he was one of the top juniors in the World last year.


Held separate from the Elite Men's race as Italy is a bit more traditional, Gianni Moscon (Zalf-Euromobil) beat out Davide Gabburo (General Store), Edward Ravasi (Colpack) and Simone Ravanelli (Pala Fenice) in a 4-man sprint to take the victory. Moscon is a certain favorite for stage wins in both the Giro della Valle d'Aosta and the Tour de l'Avenir.


Michimasa Nakai won the U23 race solo by 4 seconds ahead of Saya Kuroeda and Hayato Okamoto.


It was a Vino4Ever sweep in the land of the rising steppe as Oleg Zemlyakov, who has been turning in consistent GC performances all season in Asia and Central Europe, won the Elite Men's race and the U23 crown ahead of teammates and fellow U23s Dmitriy Lukyanov and Stepan Astafyev. Watch for Zemlyakov in Valle d'Aosta and the Tour de l'Avenir, where he was 16th overall last year.


Krista Neilands took the win in a small Latvian u23 Championships by over 7 minutes.


The U23 ranks are in trouble in the Duchy as Tom Wirtgen won the U23 crown but finished nearly 10 minutes back of Elite Champion Bob Jungels. They just don't have much to work with and will need to bank on a super junior to come out of the ranks soon.


Ignacio Prado took the double championship in Mexico by winning the sprint in the RR after winning the TT by over a minute.


"Part-time" road rider Stan Godrie took the sprint ahead of two riders from SEG Racing, Fabio Jakobsen and Davy Gunst, out of a group of 16 riders. Godrie is also the current Netherlands U23 cyclocross champion.


In a race with just 8 starters and 5 finishers, the Romanian U23 RR was a small affair. Vlad-Nicolae Dobre won the race while only two others finished within 5 minutes of him while the final two were around a half hour down on Dobre. They did race with the Elite Men but even with that, the field didn't number 20 riders.


It was a strong week for RusVelo as they took both U23 crowns in the motherland. Alexander Evtushenko won the U23 TT crown while Artem Nych, who finished 2nd in the Trofeo PIVA earlier this year, won the U23 RR out of a group of three riders including Nikolay Cherkasov (Tyumen region in Siberia), who seems to be coming back to his form that saw him as one of the best juniors in 2013, and Aydar Zakarin (Tatarstan), brother of Ilnur Zakarin. Nych jumped from the front group with 30 kilometers to go while Cherkasov & Zakarin joined him. Nych won the sprint out of the three while his teammate Mamyr Stash, won the sprint for 4th.


For the 2nd year running, U23 Valens Ndayisenga won the Rwandan TT Championship by over 1'40". In the RR, a group of 10 decided the race with a small group sprint decided the race. While Joseph Biziyaremye won the race, it was first year U23 Joseph Aleluya finished 2nd in the race and the best U23.


Milos Borisavljevic (Roth-Skoda) won the Serbian U23 TT and nearly beat out some old rider that needs to fuck off in Ivan Stevic in the Elite Men's RR. 


On the other half of the Czechoslovak race, Peter Sagan ruled the Elite race while U23 Erik Baska (AWT-Greenway) rolled in 4th as the best U23 rider, just 1'24" behind Sagan.


Down on the Adriatic coast, it was Lampre's Luka Pibernik took the Elite Men's event but nearly 6 minutes down, David Per finished as the best U23 in 6th and the best U23.

Jaime Roson (Caja Rural) won after a strong late move to take the Spanish U23 crown ahead of Xavier Pastalle and Oscar Pelegri.


Another nation with a combined race that saw the best U23 finish multiple minutes down. Ludwig Bengtsson finished 4 minutes down on winner Alexander Gingsjo to win the U23 crown.


While I covered the RR in part 1, the USA TT took place on Friday. With favorite Ben Wolfe out of contention with a flat tire, the torch was passed to Axeon with Utah native Dan Eaton taking a commanding victory 42 seconds ahead of Alexey Vermeulen (BMC) and last year's runner-up Greg Daniel about 1 minute back. A surprising 4th was first year U23 Philip O'Donnell, who hadn't been at altitude before the championships and was racing on a borrowed bike. 

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