“No way, I’m leading the World Championships final!” That’s what went through Niek Kimmann’s mind as he came out of turn two where leader Sam Willoughby (AUS) hit the tarmac as he tried to hold off the Dutchman. David Graf (SUI) surprised the Aussie with a visit on the inside and that left an open space for last year’s Junior World Champion to pass both of them in one turn.
When the gate dropped in the Elite Women final, Alise Post (USA) used the inside lane to get in the lead. On her tail former World Champion Caroline Buchanan (AUS) was looking for an opening. Meanwhile Stefany Hernandez (VEN) had found her spot in third place. The move of the day happened in the ‘Pajon Peralte’ turn…..
Alise Post took it safe by taking the outside. The UCI’s World Cycling Centre trainee on the other hand made a sharp turn on the wet track passing both Buchanan and Post at once. Alise crashed while Stephany built up a big lead. Buchanan cruised to second place and Simone Christensen (DEN) and Brooke Crain (USA) fought hard for the bronze medal. A photo finish determined that third place went to Denmark.
Collin Hudson from the United States of America was on his way to the gold in the Junior Men class until Exequiel Torres from Argentina showed he had more left in the tank on the last part of the technical track. It was a dragrace to the finish line ….
Freshly crowned UCI Time Trials Junior World Champion Axelle Etienne (FRA) showed she had the speed on a dry track but doing a single lap by herself in the sunshine on Friday, or racing with 7 others on a wet track the next day, is a whole different ballgame.