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mardi 20 septembre 2011

Day 1 - Road Worlds Copenhagen 2011 - Time Trial Women Jr. + Men U23

Australia dominated the first day of the UCI Road World Championships in Copenhagen, winning both titles in the Women Juniors and Men Under 23 time trial events.

Luke Durbridge blasted to the world title in the Men Under 23 confirming his huge talent against the clock. Last year he missed out on the world title by just over a second. This time he won by 35 seconds -- a huge margin for the 35km course.

Denmark's Rasmus Christian Quaade gave his all to try and match Durbridge, collapsing after crossing the line and needed several minutes to catch his breath. He set a time of 43:23.

Micheal Hepburn gave Australia the bronze medal by finishing third, 46 slower than his compatriot. He crashed after losing control of his bike coming out of a corner but managed to pick himself up and finish strongly. Russia's Anton Vorobev finished fourth at 49 seconds and Jasper Hamelink of the Netherlands was fifth at 1:53.

"It's hard to explain how I feel. I'm so happy that I'm struggling to put a sentence together," Durbridge said emotionally.

"We planned this out for the last six months and for it to come together is the tricky part. I had good form and knew i could do it but everything had to go right. The course suited me and it was just about grinding it out on the flat. In the last 10km, I started to enjoy it. I knew I was up and only had to stay up and bring it home."

"Congratulations to Quaade and Hepburn. It's fantastic to have two Australians on the podium."

Allen takes the first title for Australia

Early in the day,Jessica Allen won Australia's first world title in the Women Juniors time trial. She was the last rider to start and had to fight all the way to the line to win the world title. She and Elinor Barker (Great Britain) were very close at the intermediate time split but the Australian managed to find some extra speed to win by two seconds. She was stunned to be told she was World Champion but was able to celebrate on the podium after pulling on the rainbow jersey.

Barker took the silver medal, with Mieke Kroger of Germany third at three seconds.

The circuit they've chosen here is just awesome. I really liked the course," Allen said.

The course was so technical that maintaining high speed into the corners and through the corners was essential. I got a time check at halfway that I was the fastest to the turnaround point and that really lifted me."

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