WOMEN'S JUNIOR TIME TRIAL
Italy claims top spots
It was a hard-fought battle between Italians Alessia Vigilia and Elena Pirrone, and in the end Pirrone took victory in the Womens Junior Individual Time Trial.
Story by Benedicte Vabø og Kristian Strømshoved
Italian Elena Pirrone was earlier this year crowned European champion in her category, and today she lined up as final competitor starting in the Women’s Junior Individual Time Trial. After crossing the finish lines, she took the win by 6 seconds over fellow Italian Alessia Vigilia, with Australian Madeleine Fasnacht taking the bronze, finishing 42 seconds behind Pirrone.
“Its incredible, at the European Championship I didn't expect to win, but today i came here very motivated and I knew the course was perfect for me, and I give it all, and im very happy” said Pirrone at the press conference.
Last years junior champion from Doha, Karlijn Swinkels, was unable to defend the her World Championship crown in the junior category.
At the first split after 3.2 kilometers, it was an Italian 1-2-3, with Pirrone leading with time 5.18.92, just 0.8 seconds ahead of Letizia Paternoster, silver medalist from this year's European championship, and 1.1 seconds ahead of Vigilia.
In the following places were Maria Novolodskaya followed 10 seconds behind, Fasnacht 14 seconds behind and Hannah Ludwig 16 seconds behind.
Vigilia hangs on
At the second split, after 11.5 kilometers, Pirrone lead with a time of 16.53.86, 8 seconds ahead of Vigilia and 28 seconds ahead of Fasnacht.
Paternoster, who led for a period in the first part, was now 1 min and 6 seconds behind the leader and suddenly out of contention for a medal.
Down to the wire
Vigilia was the first woman out of the ramp and could see each of her competitors post times slower than her leading time, right until the final competitors, when Pirrone beat her with almost 6 seconds. The winning time over the 16.1 kilometers was 23minute 19.72 seconds, with an average speed of 41.4 km/h.
Fasnacht and Ludwig, who had long been sitting next to Vigilia, had to settle for bronze and fourth place respectively.
Local Norwegian riders
Martine Gjøs, this year's Norwegian national champion in the Road Race and bronze medalist at the national championships in Time Trial, finished today’s race in 36th position, 3 minutes and 14 seconds behind.
Local Bergen rider Emelie Røe Utvik, this season's champion in the Time Trial event, was unlucky and fell during the race in the wet conditions, but recovered to finish in 39th position, 3 min and 38 seconds behind the winner.
“I came in at a pretty high speed and with only three kilometres to go, I was very keen on making a last hard push and get as fast as possible to the finishing line. I was cutting a corner and I felt I didn´t cut it so much, but the bike just disappeared under me”, Røe Utvik said.
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