Bobridge takes Under 23 Worlds time trial

Australia's Jack Bobridge captured the rainbow jersey of Under-23 World time trial Champion on Wednesday in Mendrisio, Switzerland. He topped all time checks and completed the 33.2-kilometre course with a time of 40:44.

 "It's just topped off an awesome year for me. I could not ask for much else, to win for Australia, it's awesome," said Bobridge, 20.

Portugal's Nelson Oliveira finished second for silver with a time of 41:03, 18 seconds behind. German Patrick Gretsch was third at 27 seconds behind the mark set by Bobridge.

Bobridge, from Adelaide, made a name for himself earlier this year at the Tour Down Under. Lance Armstrong commended him for his numerous escapes and noted him as a future talent. Eight months later, Bobridge was uncertain heading into Worlds.

"I did not rule myself out," he said. "I had the advantage of training on the course because for the past 10 months because the Australian [Cycling centre] is based near by."

Oliveira and Gretsch were both happy with their placings.

"I wanted to ride in the top ten, so a second place is great," said Oliveira, 20. He surprised the fans with his performance as he finished ahead of Gretsch, who had been installed as a pre-race favourite.

"It is always hard when you are in that position," said Gretsch, 22. "I can leave here happy with third."

Gretsch's teammate Marcel Kittel held the provisional best time of 41:19 until Oliveira surpassed him. Kittel held on to finish fourth, 34 seconds behind Bobridge.

Defending Champion Adriano Mallori (Italy) finished fifth at 41:21, 36 seconds back. His teammate Alfredo Balloni finished sixth.

Brit Alex Dowsett improved throughout the course and finished seventh in 41:28. David Veilleux (Canada) and Tejay Van Garderen (USA) were the top North Americans. Veilleux finished in 41:56, for 10th, and Van Garderen in 42:09, 13th.

"After the climb, I had trouble getting going again," Van Garderen said. "I am usually better in time trials in the middle of stage races."

The time trial covered two 16.6-kilometre circuits, for a total of 33.2 kilometres. The 650-metre long Rancate climb was the main difficulty with sections of 10 percent.

Van Winden early best

Dutchman Dennis Van Winden was the third of 65 riders off, at 9:32am, and posted the early time to beat. He closed the first of his two laps at 9:52am, 20 minutes and 44 seconds after he started. His second lap was slightly slower, giving him a finish time of 42:02.

However, Van Winden's time stood for another hour. Germany's Kittel eventually topped him by nearly two minutes, with 41:19.

Veilleux was the first North American to place in the provisional top three. He closed his first lap at 20:58 and his time trial with 41:56. It put him in second, 37 seconds off Kittel.

Balloni and Oliveira, both in the last phase of starters, changed the provisional top three. Balloni finished with a time of 41:23 and Oliveira put in the fastest, 41:03, 16 seconds better than Kittel.

Bobridge posted the fastest time checks throughout the day, though. He had 11:25 at the top of Rancate, 20:10 at the end of the first lap and 31:54 the second time up Rancate.

"My coach gave me good time splits through the ride, it helped to have a great ride," he said.

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Full Results
1Jack Bobridge (Australia)0:40:44
2Nelson Oliveira (Portugal)0:00:19
3Patrick Gretsch (Germany)0:00:28
4Marcel Kittel (Germany)0:00:35
5Adriano Malori (Italy)0:00:37
6Alfredo Balloni (Italy)0:00:39
7Alex Dowsett (Great Britain)0:00:44
8Blaz Jarc (Slovenia)0:01:00
9Rasmus Christian Quaade (Denmark)0:01:07
10David Veilleux (Canada)0:01:12
11Dennis Van Winden (Netherlands)0:01:20
12Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands)0:01:22
13Tejay Van Garderen (United States Of America)0:01:25
14Andrei Krasilnikau (Belarus)0:01:32
15Nicolas Boisson (France)0:01:36
16Dmitry Sokolov (Russian Federation)0:01:37
17Travis Meyer (Australia)0:01:42
18Manuele Boaro (Italy)0:01:43
19Jaroslaw Marycz (Poland)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Peter Stetina (United States Of America)0:01:44
21Jakub Novak (Czech Republic)0:01:45
22Nicolas Schnyder (Switzerland)0:01:53
23Westley Gough (New Zealand)0:01:59
24Alexander Prishpetniy (Russian Federation)0:02:03
25Gert Joeaar (Estonia)0:02:08
26Quintana Rojas (Colombia)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Juan Villegas (Colombia)0:02:15
28Serrano Fernandez (Spain)0:02:28
29Johan Le Bon (France)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Ryan Anderson (Canada)0:02:33
31Matthias Brandle (Austria)0:02:35
32Gregory Obando Brenes (Costa Rica)0:02:39
33Gideoni Monteiro (Brazil)0:02:41
34Jesse Sergent (New Zealand)0:02:43
35Siarhei Novikau (Belarus)0:02:45
36Vojtech Hacecky (Czech Republic)0:02:47
37Evaldas Siskevicius (Lithuania)0:02:51
38Jonathan Dufrasne (Belgium)0:02:53
39Gaston Aguero (Argentina)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Jacobus Venter (South Africa)0:02:54
41John Anderson (Australia)0:03:00
42Zhupa Eugert (Albania)0:03:06
43Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland)0:03:07
44Jimmi Sorensen (Denmark)0:03:08
45Andrew Fenn (Great Britain)0:03:10
46Martin Reimer (Germany)0:03:19
47Aser Estevez Cividanes (Spain)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Gabor Fejes (Hungary)0:03:20
49Alexandr Plennik (Kazakhstan)0:03:25
50Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eritrea)0:03:26
51Oleksandr Grygorenko (Ukraine)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Jan Tratnik (Slovenia)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Julien Vermote (Belgium)0:03:37
54Sakellaridis Mang. (Greece)0:03:38
55Nino Oeschger (Switzerland)0:03:39
56Phuchong Sai-Udomsin (Thailand)0:03:48
57Arron Buggle (Ireland)0:03:55
58Ben Gastauer (Luxembourg)0:04:02
59Borcard G F (Argentina)0:04:15
60Matthias Krizek (Austria)0:04:50
61Alfredo Cruz Bernaldez (Mexico)0:05:39
62Eyup Karagobek (Turkey)0:05:50
63Ugur Marmara (Turkey)0:06:13
64Boonratanathanako (Thailand)0:07:01
65Sanchez Cuevas (Dominican Republic)0:07:36


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