Eraud wins junior women's time trial

Severine Eraud (France) claimed an impressive come-from-behind victory to win the junior women's individual time trial at the UCI road world championships in Florence, Italy on Monday.

The 18-year-old narrowly defeated two Australians, beating Alexandria Nicholls by 2.7 seconds and Alexandra Manly by 8.17.

Eraud, the European champion in the discipline, was the last rider to start, and lay in fourth place at the intermediate check, a full 13.5 seconds slower than Nicholls. When she heard the split, she nearly gave up hope of winning the rainbow jersey.

"After the time split I knew I was only fourth fastest and so didn’t think I could win and was aiming for the podium. That made victory amazing and unexpected," Eraud said, crediting her federation for the result.

"There's a lot of development work done by the French Federation, the results the young French professional riders are achieving is proof of that, and I hope it continues in the future."

Nicholls, the very first rider to set off down the start ramp, had set the fastest intermediate check and sat in the hot seat as all of the other 46 competitors tackled the 16.19km course. Thirty minutes later, her compatriot Manly came through with the second fastest time, and it looked as though Australia would take the top two spots rider after rider failed to approach their pace. Only Eraud's late surge relegated Nicholls to second.

"I'm not disappointed, I'm actually surprised by my performance," Nicholls said. "I didn't think I'd be able to get a medal and I even went close to victory."

Manly was pleased to stand on the podium with her teammate. "I really liked the route and it’s great we both finished on the podium. It's a pity it wasn't the top step but we're happy."



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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Severine Eraud (France)0:22:42.60
2Alexandria Nicholls (Australia)0:00:02.69
3Alexandra Manly (Australia)0:00:08.17
4Zavinta Titenyte (Lithuania)0:00:11.49
5Anastasiia Iakovenko (Russian Federation)0:00:13.05
6Demi De Jong (Netherlands)0:00:14.11
7Kelly Catlin (United States Of America)0:00:20.72
8Floortje Mackaij (Netherlands)0:00:21.04
9Kinley Gibson (Canada)0:00:22.81
10Luisa Kattinger (Germany)0:00:23.47
11Olena Demydova (Ukraine)0:00:23.73
12Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Denmark)0:00:28.52
13Heidi Dalton (South Africa)0:00:30.36
14Hélène Gérard (France)0:00:31.91
15Devon Hiley (New Zealand)0:00:32.78
16Anastasiia Pliaskina (Russian Federation)0:00:38.47
17Francesca Pattaro (Italy)0:00:41.71
18Katsiaryna Piatrouskaya (Belarus)0:00:44.73
19Agata Drozdek (Poland)0:00:46.62
20Manon Bourdiaux (France)0:00:47.45
21Hannah Swan (United States Of America)0:00:49.08
22Yao Pang (Hong Kong, China)0:00:49.61
23Anna Knauer (Germany)0:00:50.37
24Julia Karlsson (Sweden)0:00:51.09
25Kaat Van Der Meulen (Belgium)0:00:51.82
26Lotte Kopecky (Belgium)0:00:54.04
27Rasa Pocyte (Lithuania)0:00:55.12
28Bogumila Dziuba (Poland)0:00:55.90
29Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark)0:00:59.35
30Solveig Edøy (Norway)0:01:00.43
31Jessica Parra (Colombia)0:01:01.32
32Emily Mcredmond (Australia)0:01:07.21
33Polina Yurieva (Ukraine)0:01:08.25
34Eliška Drahotová (Czech Republic)0:01:15.32
35Tereza Medvedova (Slovakia)0:01:16.68
36Kiyoka Sakaguchi (Japan)0:01:23.88
37Jessenia Meneses (Colombia)0:01:25.70
38Maddi Campbell (New Zealand)0:01:29.35
39Michela Maltese (Italy)0:01:30.24
40Natasha Jaworski (Argentina)0:01:35.27
41Razan Soboh (Jordan)0:01:55.61
42Jaruwan Somrat (Thailand)0:02:04.39
43Kseniya Tuhai (Belarus)0:02:05.46
44Frida Mendoza (Mexico)0:02:07.34
45Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spain)0:02:12.74
46Kajsa Persson (Sweden)0:02:17.43
47Alba Teruel (Spain)0:02:25.60


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