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UCI Road World Championships 2011

Date range:
September 19-25, 2011

September 23, U23 Men road race: Rudersdal 168km

Demare, Petit stun espoir field with French 1-2

Barry Ryan
September 23, 2011, 15:54 BST,
September 23, 2011, 22:58 BST

Fenn nets bronze in bunch sprint

France scored an impressive one-two in the men's under 23 road race at the UCI World Championships in Copenhagen as Arnaud Démare outsprinted his teammate Adrien Petit, with Andy Fenn (Great Britain) coming home in third.

Démare and Petit's pitch-perfect performance on the testing rise to the finish will have provided a further tonic for French cycling after a season in which it has already shown significant signs of a return to the rudest of health.

At the end of an afternoon of aggressive racing that ultimately failed to break up the peloton, Australia looked set to control affairs on the run-in to the finish. Instead, their fast man Michael Hepburn was unable to make an impact in the finale, and it was Andy Fenn who went first in the sprint, careering off the wheel of his teammate Luke Rowe.

The Briton may well rue showing his hand so soon, however, as on the opposite side of the road, Petit was beating a path for Démare. As Fenn began to fade, Petit and Démare came around him, and with 150 metres to go, Démare ripped past his lead-out and roared clear to take an emphatic victory.

Such was the French duo's dominance that they were both able to hold off Fenn and they crossed the line with their arms aloft. Behind Fenn, Rudger Selig (Germany) came home in fourth, ahead of Marco Haller (Austria).

"I'm really happy," said Démare, who will ride for FDJ next season. "The false flat to the line was very hard, but I saw with 100 metres to go that I was going to win. Then when I saw that we were going to get the one-two, well, that was an extra satisfaction."

Petit explained that he had long been earmarked as the man to lead out Démare in the finale. A stagiare with Cofidis in the second half of this season, he raced the Worlds circuit at the Tour of Denmark in August.

"The last stage was on this circuit, and I saw that it was a finish that suited me," he said. "I was selected to be Arnaud's lead-out man. We rode together at the Tour de Moselle recently, and then we trained together on the course in the last couple of days."

The third-place Fenn wasn't sure if the glass was half-full or half-empty at the end of the race, but admitted that his French rivals had gauged the finale better than anyone.

"I'm obviously happy, because the team deserved a medal, but I'm also disappointed not to get the win," he said. "They [Démare and Petit] got it spot on," he said. "It was a hard finish to judge, but they got it right."

Durbridge shuts down attacks on final lap

As had been widely anticipated, the flat circuit invited a high-speed opening to the afternoon's racing. The first attack to gain any significant traction came from the Brazilian Carlos Alexandre Manarelli at the end of lap one, and after he stretched out a sizeable advantage, Gianluca Leonardi (Italy) put in an impressive solo effort to bridge the gap two laps later.

Without a recognised sprinter in their line up, the Italians had promised an aggressive showing on the eve of the race and Leonardi held up their end of the bargain by propelling the break to a lead that approached four minutes with 70km raced.

While the bunch behind was initially disorganised, the repeated fragmenting and reforming that took place on the front of the peloton eventually drove up the pace sufficiently to begin to make significant inroads into Leonardi and Manarelli's lead, and with 50km to race, the margin had been shaved to just over a minute.

As the early escapees' advantage continued to dwindle, Philip Lavery (Ireland) and Zico Waeytens (Belgium) were among the riders who attempted to jump across. Though their move was quickly snuffed out, their attack did mark the commencement of real hostilities and signalled the beginning of the end for Manarelli and Leonardi's rally off the front.

Midway through the third last lap, the pair were swallowed up by the peloton, but no sooner was their capture complete than Leonardi's teammate Eugenio Alafaci was on the offensive, joined soon afterwards by Louis Meintjes (South Africa) and Christopher Juul Jensen (Denmark). That trio soon swelled to a sextet when the stylish Natnael Berhane (Eritrea) shut the gap and brought Philip Lindau (Sweden) and Maxat Azazbayev (Kazakhstan) across with him.

Berhane's fluidity and Alafaci's power were complementing each other well at this point, and thanks largely to their efforts, the break had 34 seconds in hand as they began the penultimate lap. However, as Belgium and Australia gradually stirred themselves into action at the front end of the peloton, it soon became apparent that their foray off the front would have a limited shelf life.

And so it came to pass. The six were engulfed by the peloton as they took the bell for the final lap, and after plucky moves from Carlos Betancur (Colombia) and Nicola Boem (Italy) were brought to heel, world time trial champion Luke Durbridge (Australia) took over at the front of the peloton in a bid to police affairs for Michael Hepburn.

As though it were needed after his rampant performance on Monday, Durbridge give another reminder of his potential as a rouleur when he bossed the front end of the peloton and prevented anybody from jumping clear at the business end of the final lap. When he swung over, however, the Australian train began to unravel, as Britain's Luke Rowe forced his way in with dangerman Fenn on his wheel.

Worse was to follow as Australian hope Michael Hepburn was unable to match the pace on the uphill kick to the line, and ultimately it was the French duo of Démare and Petit who stole the show. The momentum behind French cycling's upturn in fortunes gathers apace.


Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Arnaud Demare (France) 3:52:16  
2 Adrien Petit (France)    
3 Andrew Fenn (Great Britain)    
4 Rudiger Selig (Germany)    
5 Marco Haller (Austria)    
6 Filippo Fortin (Italy)    
7 Wouter Wippert (Netherlands)    
8 Alexey Tsatevitch (Russian Federation)    
9 Tosh Van Der Sande (Belgium)    
10 Andris Smirnovs (Latvia)    
11 Jetse Bol (Netherlands)    
12 Filip Eidsheim (Norway)    
13 Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spain)    
14 Raymond Kreder (Netherlands)    
15 Petr Vakoc (Czech Republic)    
16 Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Russian Federation)    
17 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (South Africa)    
18 Marcel Aregger (Switzerland)    
19 Fabio Silvestre (Portugal)    
20 Vegard Robinson Bugge (Norway)    
21 Michael Hepburn (Australia)    
22 Rasmus Guldhammer (Denmark)    
23 António Carvalho (Portugal)    
24 Matthias Brandle (Austria)    
25 Miras Bederbekov (Kazakhstan)    
26 Jan Polanc (Slovenia)    
27 Sven Erik Bystrøm (Norway)    
28 Natnael Berhane (Eritrea)    
29 Andreas Hofer (Austria)    
30 Zico Waeytens (Belgium)    
31 Artem Topchanyuk (Ukraine)    
32 Gideoni Monteiro (Brazil)    
33 Bjørn Tore Nilsen Hoem (Norway)    
34 Grzegorz Stepniak (Poland)    
35 Toms Skujins (Latvia)    
36 Ramon Sinkeldam (Netherlands)    
37 Michael Valgreen Andersen (Denmark)    
38 Daniil Fominykh (Kazakhstan)    
39 Jan Keller (Switzerland)    
40 Vegard Stake Laengen (Norway)    
41 Oleksandr Prevar (Ukraine)    
42 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Colombia)    
43 Georg Preidler (Austria)    
44 Klemen Stimulak (Slovenia)    
45 Chi Ho Yuen (Hong Kong, China)    
46 Christopher Jennings (South Africa)    
47 Indulis Bekmanis (Latvia)    
48 Romain Delalot (France)    
49 Michel Koch (Germany)    
50 Igor Frolov (Russian Federation)    
51 Simon Yates (Great Britain)    
52 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Colombia)    
53 Philip Lavery (Ireland)    
54 José Gonçalves (Portugal)    
55 Roman Osuna Montes (Spain)    
56 Tobias Ludvigsson (Sweden)    
57 Tim Declercq (Belgium)    
58 Armands Becis (Latvia)    
59 Jesper Dahlström (Sweden)    
60 Sergey Chernetski (Russian Federation)    
61 Eugenio Alafaci (Italy)    
62 Jesper Hansen (Denmark)    
63 Kanstantsin Klimiankou (Belarus)    
64 Bert-Jan Lindeman (Netherlands)    
65 Jelle Wallays (Belgium)    
66 Angelo Tulik (France)    
67 Moyano Enzo Josue (Argentina)    
68 Mark Christian (Great Britain)    
69 Piotr Gawronski (Poland)    
70 Recep Ünalan (Turkey)    
71 Emilien Viennet (France)    
72 Arvin Moazemi Goudarzi (Islamic Republic of Iran)    
73 Kamil Gradek (Poland)    
74 Ramirez Chacon Brayan Stiven (Colombia)    
75 Luke Rowe (Great Britain)    
76 Alexey Lutsenko (Kazakhstan)    
77 Rudy Molard (France)    
78 Carlos Alexandre Manarelli (Brazil)    
79 Scott Thwaites (Great Britain)    
80 Tom David (New Zealand)    
81 Mark Dzamastagic (Slovenia)    
82 Julian Kern (Germany)    
83 Sean De Bie (Belgium)    
84 Jonas Ahlstrand (Sweden)    
85 Matthias Allegaert (Belgium)    
86 Arman Kamyshev (Kazakhstan)    
87 Jacob Rathe (United States Of America)    
88 Thomas Palmer (Australia) 0:00:20  
89 Christian Delle Stelle (Italy)    
90 Daniel Diaz (Argentina) 0:00:26  
91 Sonny Colbrelli (Italy) 0:00:29  
92 Rob Bush (United States Of America)    
93 Gavin Mannion (United States Of America)    
94 Theo Reinhardt (Germany) 0:00:33  
95 Sam Bennett (Ireland) 0:00:37  
96 Magkoyras Neofytos Sakellaridis (Greece) 0:00:43  
97 Philipp Ries (Germany)    
98 Louis Meintjes (South Africa)    
99 Bastian Bürgel (Germany) 0:01:04  
100 Nicola Boem (Italy)    
101 Anton Vorobev (Russian Federation) 0:01:07  
102 Jovan Zekavica (Serbia) 0:01:09  
103 Jakub Novak (Czech Republic) 0:01:49  
104 Jay Mccarthy (Australia)    
105 Rohan Dennis (Australia)    
106 Luke Durbridge (Australia)    
107 Janis Dakteris (Latvia) 0:01:52  
108 Sebastian Lander (Denmark)    
109 Christopher Juul Jensen (Denmark)    
110 Tomás Koudela (Czech Republic)    
111 Muhamad Adiq Husainie Othman (Malaysia)    
112 James Williamson (New Zealand)    
113 Erick Rowsell (Great Britain)    
114 Niklas Gustavsson (Sweden)    
115 Andrei Krasilnikau (Belarus) 0:02:29  
116 Yauheni Patenka (Belarus)    
117 Guillaume Boivin (Canada) 0:02:38  
118 Johann Van Zyl (South Africa) 0:03:32  
119 Roman Dronin (Uzbekistan)    
120 Ki Ho Choi (Hong Kong, China)    
121 Maxat Ayazbayev (Kazakhstan)    
122 Siarhei Novikau (Belarus)    
123 Reynard Butler (South Africa)    
124 Gabriel Juarez Veron (Argentina)    
125 Pawel Bernas (Poland)    
126 Polychronis Tzortzakis (Greece) 0:05:38  
127 Ian Boswell (United States Of America) 0:05:58  
128 Joe Dombrowski (United States Of America)    
129 Oleksandr Martynenko (Ukraine)    
130 Ali Riza Tanriverdi (Turkey)    
131 Gabor Kasa (Serbia) 0:06:13  
132 Anatoliy Sosnitskiy (Ukraine) 0:07:41  
133 Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Denmark) 0:08:25  
134 George Bennett (New Zealand) 0:09:34  
135 Philip Lindau (Sweden)    
136 Maksym Vasilyev (Ukraine) 0:17:17  
137 Berhane Melake (Eritrea)    
138 Tesfom Okubamariam Issak (Eritrea)    
DNF Silvan Dillier (Switzerland)    
DNF Gianluca Leonardi (Italy)    
DNF King Lok Cheung (Hong Kong, China)    
DNF Victor Martin Hernandez (Spain)    
DNF Stanislau Bazhkou (Belarus)    
DNF Gökhan Hasta (Turkey)    
DNF Lukasz Wisniowski (Poland)    
DNF Felix English (Ireland)    
DNF Tsgabu Gebremaryam Grmay (Ethiopia)    
DNF Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spain)    
DNF Mustafa Sayar (Turkey)    
DNF Richard Lang (Australia)    
DNF Mohd Ekbar Zamanhuri (Malaysia)    
DNF Carlos Daniel Linares Zambrano (Venezuela)    
DNF Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spain)    
DNF Youcef Reguigui (Algeria)    
DNF Baron Castillo Felix Alejandro (Colombia)    
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result