Ukrainian Canna Solovei claimed her second consecutive time trial title in the Junior World Championships in Offida, Italy. Pauline Ferrand Prevot of France repeated her silver medal performance, but this time came just five seconds from unseating Solovei as the world champion.
Amy Cure of Australia rounded out the podium in third, 12.3 seconds back, while Britain's Laura Trott was the only other rider to come within a minute of the winning time.
The riders faced off against each other on an undulating 15.1 km course from Acquaviva Piceno to Offida in strong winds. Solovei, already an accomplished time trialist at age 17 with two European titles to her name on top of her rainbow jersey blazed to the finish in 21:30, just managing to hold off the challenge of Ferrand Prevot.
"It was a very demanding trial, with very technical short descents and slight uphill sections where it was difficult to find the right rhythm," said Solovei, who is looking forward to the 2012 London Olympic Games as her long-term goal.
France's Ferrand Prevot has now finished second to Solovei twice at the junior worlds and at the European championships, and is hoping to redeem herself in Sunday's road race and claim her first rainbow jersey.
Australia's Amy Cure was pleased with her bronze medal performance. "I found the course very
demanding," Cure said, "and perhaps not suited to my skills.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Canna Solovei (Ukraine)||0:21:30.36|
|2||Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France)||0:00:05.13|
|3||Amy Cure (Australia)||0:00:12.30|
|4||Laura Trott (Great Britain)||0:00:53.18|
|5||Susanna Zorzi (Italy)||0:01:14.60|
|6||Alexia Muffat (France)||0:01:22.21|
|7||Annelies Visser (Netherlands)||0:01:26.86|
|8||Mieke Kröger (Germany)||0:01:34.42|
|9||Thea Thorsen (Norway)||0:01:43.84|
|10||Coryn Rivera (United States Of America)||0:01:45.47|
|11||Jessica Allen (Australia)||0:01:45.63|
|12||Miriam Bjørnsrud (Norway)||0:01:56.41|
|13||Jessica Prinner (United States Of America)||0:01:59.00|
|14||Soraya Paladin (Italy)||0:02:05.87|
|15||Sarah-Lena Hofmann (Germany)||0:02:09.36|
|16||Irene Usabiaga Balerdi (Spain)||0:02:17.56|
|17||Ashleigh Neave (New Zealand)||0:02:22.84|
|18||Tessa De Moyer (Belgium)||0:02:25.60|
|19||Josefine Grimbeck (Sweden)||0:02:30.46|
|20||Annie Ewart (Canada)||0:02:32.52|
|21||Anna Zavershinskaya (Russian Federation)||0:02:33.59|
|22||Rebecca Talen (Netherlands)||0:02:35.56|
|23||Julia Garnet (Canada)||0:02:36.38|
|24||Marlene Wintgens (Belgium)||0:02:52.09|
|25||Ingrid Drexel (Mexico)||0:03:19.28|
|26||Rotem Gafinovitz (Israel)||0:03:21.27|
|27||Daniela Levi (Israel)||0:03:23.54|
|28||Alexandra Chekina (Russian Federation)||0:03:41.96|
|29||Bianca Martin Ortega (Spain)||0:04:30.69|
|30||Volha Masiukovich (Belarus)||0:06:24.86|
|DNS||Kateryna Zavala (Ukraine)|