Moscow, Russia (Aug. 9, 2009) â€“ After making an early race break, the second-ranked internationally United States junior menâ€™s squad missed the winning move at the UCI Junior Road World Championships on Sunday. The young squad however still came away with a top-20 performance as Jacob Rathe (Portland, Ore./CMG Racing) outsprinted much of the pack to finish in 17th. In the womenâ€™s race Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./Proman Hit Squad) just missed a solo bridge to the late-race leaders, forcing her to settle for 20th.
â€œOur goal was to get one rider in the top-10 and to work together as a team to achieve that goal,â€ explained USA Cyclingâ€™s Junior Programs Director, Benjamin Sharp. â€œUnfortunately we were not able to capitalize on the great teamwork and achieve the desired result. It was a very competitive race on a very difficult course. To have a rider in the top-20 and to finish with four of our six riders is an accomplishment by any measure. I'm encouraged for 2010 as the majority of our 17 year-olds were able to complete the full race distance.â€
Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Hot Tubes) made an early race break of 10 riders who gained nearly a minute on the field and stayed away for the majority of the contest. In the late going however the group became disorganized and was caught by the peloton with only 16-kilometers remaining. The main group stayed together until what proved to be the winning break got away around five-kilometers from the finish. The young American squad wasnâ€™t able to jump in and Belgiumâ€™s Jasper Stuyven led the group of 11 across the line to take the world title. Rathe was able to finish sixth in the field sprint and grab 17th overall for the U.S. squad. Ryan Eastman (Petaluma, Calif./All Sport-Team Swift) also finished in the main group with a time of 3:25.52 for 39th place. Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Hot Tubes) finished 68th at 3:30.13, Lawson Craddock (Houston,Texas/Hot Tubes) 74th at 3:33.07, while Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Hot Tubes) and Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass./Hot Tubes) did not finish the race.
The beginning of the womenâ€™s road race was super passive, however just after the halfway mark of the 81-kilometer contest things heated up. A group of 20 riders got away with Rivera making the selection. After gaining about 30 seconds that large group was soon chased down by the peloton. Things really became aggressive the final lap after Russiaâ€™s Larisa Pankova attacked solo with two Italians and a French rider eventually chasing her down. Rivera was dangling from that lead group but eventually fell back to the pack where she finished 20th overall. Kendall Ryan (Ventura, Calif./NOW-MS Society) finished 33rd in a small group around three minutes after the peloton and Jessica Prinner (South Elgin, Ill./ABD Cycling Team) just a few seconds later in 35th. Italy ended up taking gold and bronze as Rosella Callovi out sprinted the lead group to take the world title over Pauline Ferand Prevot of France who grabbed the silver and Suzanna Zorzi (ITA) got the bronze.
UCI Junior Road World Championships
August 9, 2009
Menâ€™s Road Race (135-kilometers)
1. Jasper Stuyven (BEL) 3:25.28
2. Arnaud Demare (FRA) s.t.
3. Marco Haller (AUT) s.t.
17. Jacob Rathe (Portland, Ore./CMG Racing) 3:25.52
39. Ryan Eastman (Petaluma, Calif./All Sport-Team Swift) s.t.
68. Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Hot Tubes) 3:30.13
75. Lawson Craddock (Houston, Texas/Hot Tubes) 3:33.07
DNF Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Hot Tubes)
DNF Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass./Hot Tues)
Womenâ€™s Road Race (81-kilometers)
1. Rossella Callovi (ITA) 2:25.05
2. Pauline Ferrand Prevot (FRA) s.t.
3. Susanna Zorzi (ITA) 2:25.09
20. Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./Proman Hit Squad) 2:26.33
33. Kendall Ryan (Ventura, Calif./NOW-MS Society) 2:29.13
35. Jessica Prinner (South Elgin, Ill./ABD Cycling Team) 2:29.19