Day three of the 2014 International Cycling Union (UCI) Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain featured the Men’s Junior Individual Time Trial and the Women’s Elite Individual Time Trial.
The junior men handled the world title that was slightly shorter than seen with under-23 circuit men’s individual time trial from the previous day’s race. The course was 18.3 miles (29.5 km) in length punctuated with a quick but sharp climb close to the finish.
The taker of the gold in the Men’s Junior Individual Time Trial was Germany’s Lennard Kamna in a time of 36 minutes 13 seconds. He quickly excelled by over 44 seconds in advance of Adrien Costa of the USA who took silver and close to one minute ahead of bronze medalist Michael Storer of Australia.
Lennard Kamna is having a very promising year of wins as he just recently was the recipient of the yellow jersey in the 38th Grand Prix Rüebliland held in Switzerland and took 1st place for Individual Time Trial in both the National Championships Germany and European Championship.
Tuesday served as the longest women’s time trial at 18 miles (29kn) after twenty years. The course was also lengthened by 4 ½ miles over last year’s contest held in Florence. This extra mileage gave an advantage to the winner the Elite Individual Time Trial race for women.
Lisa Brennauer of Germany would have placed herself out of the winner’s circle and the gold, had the course been the same distanced as in the past. She sped from 5th place after the 13-mile mark and went into overdrive, winning the race in 38 minutes 48 seconds. She cleared of Anna Solovey of the Ukraine by 18 seconds and was 21 seconds ahead of Evelyn Stevens of the USA.
On the podium, it was Germany all the way on September 23rd after Monday’s Australians taking center stage.
Top Five in Men’s Junior Individual Time Trial
1. Lennard Kamna (Germany)
2. Adrien Costa (USA)
3. Michael Storer (Australia)
4. Filippo Ganna (Italy)
5. Zeke Mostov (USA)
Top Five in Women’s Elite Individual Time Trial
1. Lisa Brennauer (Germany)
2. Anna Solovey (Ukraine)
3. Evelyn Stevens (USA)
4. Mieke Kroeger (Germany)
5. Ann-Sofie Duyck (Belgium)