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Garner sprints to Worlds victory

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Belgian Jessy Druyts (Belgium) took the silver medal

Belgian Jessy Druyts (Belgium) took the silver medal (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Rossella Ratto (Italy) was in the breakaway

Rossella Ratto (Italy) was in the breakaway (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Rossella Ratto sees the field coming

Rossella Ratto sees the field coming (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Christina Siggaard (Denmark) claimed the bronze medal at worlds

Christina Siggaard (Denmark) claimed the bronze medal at worlds (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Jessy Druyts (Belgium), Lucy Garner (Great Britain) and Christina Siggaard (Denmark) made up the junior women's podium at the world championships

Jessy Druyts (Belgium), Lucy Garner (Great Britain) and Christina Siggaard (Denmark) made up the junior women's podium at the world championships (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Lucy Garner (Great Britain) the junior world champion in 2011

Lucy Garner (Great Britain) the junior world champion in 2011 (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Lucy Garner (Great Britain) took the junior world road race title in her first year

Lucy Garner (Great Britain) took the junior world road race title in her first year (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Christina Siggaard (Denmark)

Christina Siggaard (Denmark) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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2011 junior women's road race world champion Lucy Garner (Great Britain)

2011 junior women's road race world champion Lucy Garner (Great Britain) (Image credit: Riccardo Scanferla)
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Lucy Garner timed her sprint perfectly to take a commanding victory

Lucy Garner timed her sprint perfectly to take a commanding victory (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Lucy Garner gives Great Britain its first world title of the championships

Lucy Garner gives Great Britain its first world title of the championships (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Emotional finish: Garner timed her sprint to perfection

Emotional finish: Garner timed her sprint to perfection (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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France and Italy crowded the front row at the junior women's start

France and Italy crowded the front row at the junior women's start (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Garner (Great Britain) enjoying her gold medal

Garner (Great Britain) enjoying her gold medal (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Garmin stormed to gold in the junior women's race

Garmin stormed to gold in the junior women's race (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Lucy Garner (Great Britain) powered away from the opposition

Lucy Garner (Great Britain) powered away from the opposition (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Lucy Garner (Great Britain) takes her first world title

Lucy Garner (Great Britain) takes her first world title (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The junior women's lines up for the first road race of this year's UCI World Championships

The junior women's lines up for the first road race of this year's UCI World Championships (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The junior women's podium in Denmark

The junior women's podium in Denmark (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Lucy Garner picks up Great Britain's first gold medal at the Worlds

Lucy Garner picks up Great Britain's first gold medal at the Worlds (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Lucy Garner of Great Britain sprinted away from the field to claim the junior women’s road race title at the UCI World Championships. She beat Jessy Druyts of Belgium and Christine Siggaard of Denmark.

"I didn’t expect this. The team worked really hard and I couldn’t have asked for more from the team," said Garner.

"They put in early attacks and I was just trying to keep sheltered during the whole race. On the last lap there were still two riders away but I did try and give it a go but it all came back together," she said at the finish.

With blood streaming from her left knee, the 17-year-old pulled away from 8th place in the field and accelerated strongly past her rivals to win by a good ten meters.

She had enough of a lead to start celebrating before she even reached the finish line.

"At the bottom of the hill a few riders did go and I just tried to sit in because I knew that if I went early on the sprint I would blow. I felt that I timed it just right though and put my head down until the finish line,"Garner said.

"On the last corner I knew that we’d caught the group and when the sprint gets going it gets pretty fast. I bided my time because I knew I couldn’t go early and with around 150 meters to go I knew it was time to go."

Until the last kilometre, it looked as if the race would come down to a sprint between Germany's Mieke Krüger and Rossella Ratto of Italy.

The two had built up a lead of up 21 seconds and looked in control of things, but as the field moved up at the last second, they lost heart and were caught with about 600 meters to go.

The teenagers rode five laps of the 13.5km long course. The first lap was marred by three crashes as nerves and inexperience came into play.

The first of these crashes took out time trial gold medal winner Jessica Allen of Australia, as another rider ploughed into the barriers on a corner, followed by Allen and an Australian teammate.

The 74 rider field split at various times, mainly due to the crashes and wind, but it all came together again at the end. 55 riders finished within two minutes of Garner, with 13 more straggling in up to 15 minutes later. Six riders, including Allen, did not finish.

Full Results

1Lucy Garner (Great Britain)1:46:17
2Jessy Druyts (Belgium)
3Christina Siggaard (Denmark)
4Manon Souyris (France)
5Christina Perchtold (Austria)
6Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spain)
7Lisa Küllmer (Germany)
8Beatrice Bartelloni (Italy)
9Kelly Markus (Netherlands)
10Silvija Latozaite (Lithuania)
11Rossella Ratto (Italy)
12Svetlana Kashirina (Russian Federation)
13Irene Usabiaga Balerdi (Spain)
14Katarzyna Kirschenstein (Poland)
15Céline Van Severen (Belgium)
16Ingrid Drexel (Mexico)
17Larissa Brühwiler (Switzerland)
18Sophie Williamson (New Zealand)
19Gabrielle Pilote-Fortin (Canada)
20Chiara Vannucci (Italy)
21Jessica Mundy (Australia)
22Ruta Zemaityte (Lithuania)
23Anouska Koster (Netherlands)
24Marthe Emilie Skjolden (Norway)
25Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Poland)
26Lisa Fischer (Germany)
27Alina Bondarenko (Russian Federation)
28Rebecca Talen (Netherlands)
29Oriane Chaumet (France)
30Madeleine Ortmüller (Germany)
31Amy Roberts (Great Britain)
32Anna Kyva (Ukraine)
33Katarzyna Wilkos (Poland)
34Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Italy)
35Allison Rice (Australia)
36Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spain)
37Alexandra Nessmar (Sweden)
38Elena Lloret Llinares (Spain)
39Thalita De Jong (Netherlands)0:00:09
40Fie Degn Larsen (Denmark)0:00:10
41Addyson Albershardt (United States of America)
42Kseniya Dobrynina (Russian Federation)
43Alexis Ryan (United States of America)
44Marlene Wintgens (Belgium)0:00:13
45Rita Imstepf (Switzerland)
46Steffi Lodewijks (Belgium)
47Alexandra Chekina (Russian Federation)
48Mieke Kröger (Germany)
49Kamilla Sofie Valin (Denmark)0:00:19
50Annie Ewart (Canada)
51Hannah Barnes (Great Britain)0:00:31
52Elinor Barker (Great Britain)
53Dalia Muccioli (Italy)0:00:35
54Varela Erika (Mexico)0:01:18
55Valentine Morin (France)0:01:20
56Thi That Nguyen (Vietnam)0:07:54
57Egle Poskaite (Lithuania)
58Lija Laizane (Latvia)0:08:02
59Felicia Ferner (Sweden)0:08:04
60Carolina Rodriguez Gutierrez (Mexico)0:08:11
61Alizee Brien (Canada)0:08:20
62Emma Ahlstrand (Sweden)0:11:41
63Antonela Ferencic (Croatia)0:14:08
64Iana Tiganova (Ukraine)
65Marina Shmayankova (Belarus)0:15:20
66Alicja Komos (Poland)
67Pia Charlotte Matter (Norway)0:15:23
DNFUrska Kalan (Slovenia)
DNFJenny Rissveds (Sweden)
DNFAllison Beveridge (Canada)
DNFMathilde Favre (France)
DNFGrace Alexander (United States of America)
DNFJessica Allen (Australia)
DNFGeorgia Williams (New Zealand)

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