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Ledanois becomes U23 World Champion

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The 2015 U23 Worlds podium: Simone Consonni (Italy), Kevin Ledanois and Anthony Turgis (France)

The 2015 U23 Worlds podium: Simone Consonni (Italy), Kevin Ledanois and Anthony Turgis (France)
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Laurens De Plus (Belgium)

Laurens De Plus (Belgium)
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Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)

Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)
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Eddie Dunbar (Ireland) attacking

Eddie Dunbar (Ireland) attacking
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Jack Haig (Australia) sitting in the bunch

Jack Haig (Australia) sitting in the bunch
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Davide Martinelli (Itay) would finish 66th

Davide Martinelli (Itay) would finish 66th
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Alistair Donohoe (Australia) ended the race with DSQ against his name

Alistair Donohoe (Australia) ended the race with DSQ against his name
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Eddie Dunbar (Ireland) leading a three man break

Eddie Dunbar (Ireland) leading a three man break
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Kevin Ledanois with Anthony Turgis after the duo won gold and bronze respectively

Kevin Ledanois with Anthony Turgis after the duo won gold and bronze respectively
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Anthony Turgis (France) awaiting his bronze medal

Anthony Turgis (France) awaiting his bronze medal
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Simone Consonni (Italy) was just shy of overtaking Kevin Ledanois and winning gold

Simone Consonni (Italy) was just shy of overtaking Kevin Ledanois and winning gold
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Kevin Ledanois with Franck Bonnamour (France)

Kevin Ledanois with Franck Bonnamour (France)
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The Danish and Italian team on the front at the start

The Danish and Italian team on the front at the start
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The French national team

The French national team
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The Great Britain team

The Great Britain team
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The Australian team

The Australian team
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The USA team on home soil

The USA team on home soil
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The Italian team sits tight on the front of the peloton

The Italian team sits tight on the front of the peloton
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Soren Kragh Andersen (Denmark) on a late attack

Soren Kragh Andersen (Denmark) on a late attack
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Adam De Vos (Canada) finishes ninth

Adam De Vos (Canada) finishes ninth
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Maxime Farazijn (Belgium)

Maxime Farazijn (Belgium)
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The U23 men's peloton in action

The U23 men's peloton in action
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Nathan Van Hooydonck (Belgium)

Nathan Van Hooydonck (Belgium)
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Twan Brusselman (Netherlands)

Twan Brusselman (Netherlands)
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Truls Engen Korsaeth (Norway)

Truls Engen Korsaeth (Norway)
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Kevin Ledanois (France) adds his name to the list of U23 French World Champions

Kevin Ledanois (France) adds his name to the list of U23 French World Champions
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Owain Doull leading up the climb

Owain Doull leading up the climb
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The peloton snakes under the Maxxis signage

The peloton snakes under the Maxxis signage
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Davide Martinelli (Italy), Oleg Zemlyakov (Kazakhstann), Eddie Dunbar (Ireland) and Jose Luis Rodriguez (Chile)

Davide Martinelli (Italy), Oleg Zemlyakov (Kazakhstann), Eddie Dunbar (Ireland) and Jose Luis Rodriguez (Chile)
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Libby Hill had a fair number of spectators

Libby Hill had a fair number of spectators
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Kevin Ledanois (France) soaking in his rainbow jersey

Kevin Ledanois (France) soaking in his rainbow jersey
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Laurens De Plus (Belgium) in the middle of the group crosses the line in 37th place

Laurens De Plus (Belgium) in the middle of the group crosses the line in 37th place
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Dylan Page (Switzerland) leading home another small group

Dylan Page (Switzerland) leading home another small group
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Fabien Grellier (France) celebrates his teammates victory

Fabien Grellier (France) celebrates his teammates victory
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Twan Brusselman (Netherlands) rolls over in 23rd

Twan Brusselman (Netherlands) rolls over in 23rd
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The Italian national team

The Italian national team
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The breakway onto the climb with Davide Martinelli on the front

The breakway onto the climb with Davide Martinelli on the front
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Simone Consonni (Italy) can't hide his dissapointment

Simone Consonni (Italy) can't hide his dissapointment
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U23 men's podium at the World Championships

U23 men's podium at the World Championships
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Kevin Ledanois (France)

Kevin Ledanois (France)
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The U23 podium finishers in the post-race photo shoot

The U23 podium finishers in the post-race photo shoot
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Maxime Farazijn (Belgium)

Maxime Farazijn (Belgium)
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Alexander Kamp Egested (Denmark)

Alexander Kamp Egested (Denmark)
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Anthony Turgis (France) finishes third

Anthony Turgis (France) finishes third
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Kevin Ledanois (France)

Kevin Ledanois (France)
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Kevin Ledanois (France) takes the victory over Simone Consonni (Italy)

Kevin Ledanois (France) takes the victory over Simone Consonni (Italy)
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Simone Consonni (Italy) defeated at the line by U23 road race winner Kevin Ledanois (France)

Simone Consonni (Italy) defeated at the line by U23 road race winner Kevin Ledanois (France)
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Kevin Ledanois (France) and his French teammates celebrate the U23 victory in Richmond

Kevin Ledanois (France) and his French teammates celebrate the U23 victory in Richmond
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Team France lift up their new U23 world champion Kevin Ledanois (France)

Team France lift up their new U23 world champion Kevin Ledanois (France)
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Kevin Ledanois (France) wears the rainbow jersey after winning the U23 men's road race

Kevin Ledanois (France) wears the rainbow jersey after winning the U23 men's road race
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Kevin Ledanois (France) tops the U23 men's road race podium at the World Championships

Kevin Ledanois (France) tops the U23 men's road race podium at the World Championships
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U23 road race podium l-r: Simone Consonni (Italy), Kevin Ledanois (France), Anthony Turgis (France)

U23 road race podium l-r: Simone Consonni (Italy), Kevin Ledanois (France), Anthony Turgis (France)
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The U23 men's road race podium

The U23 men's road race podium
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Kevin Ledanois (France)

Kevin Ledanois (France)
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Kevin Ledanois (France)

Kevin Ledanois (France)
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Kevin Ledanois (France) bits the gold medal

Kevin Ledanois (France) bits the gold medal
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Kevin Ledanois (France)

Kevin Ledanois (France)
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The U23 men racing at the Richmond World Championships

The U23 men racing at the Richmond World Championships
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Kevin Ledanois (France) looks back to see how far ahead he is of silver medallist Simone Consonni (Italy)

Kevin Ledanois (France) looks back to see how far ahead he is of silver medallist Simone Consonni (Italy)
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Kevin Ledanois (France) wins the U23 gold medal

Kevin Ledanois (France) wins the U23 gold medal
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The U23 men's road race at the World Championships

The U23 men's road race at the World Championships
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Kevin Ledanois (France) wins the U23 road race at Worlds

Kevin Ledanois (France) wins the U23 road race at Worlds
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Kevin Ledanois (France) crosses the line for the rainbow jersey

Kevin Ledanois (France) crosses the line for the rainbow jersey
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Kevin Ledanois (France) all smiles after winning the U23 road race

Kevin Ledanois (France) all smiles after winning the U23 road race
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The finish line at the World Championships in Richmond

The finish line at the World Championships in Richmond
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Davide Martinelli (Italy) was part of the breakaway but had a gear malfunction on the Libby Hill climb

Davide Martinelli (Italy) was part of the breakaway but had a gear malfunction on the Libby Hill climb
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Davide Martinelli (Italy) gets going again on the 23rd street climb

Davide Martinelli (Italy) gets going again on the 23rd street climb
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The 2015 U23 Worlds podium: Simone Consonni (Italy), Kevin Ledanois and Anthony Turgis (France)

The 2015 U23 Worlds podium: Simone Consonni (Italy), Kevin Ledanois and Anthony Turgis (France)
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Kevin Ledanois (France) celebrates his U23 world title

Kevin Ledanois (France) celebrates his U23 world title
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Kevin Ledanois (France) celebrates his U23 world title

Kevin Ledanois (France) celebrates his U23 world title
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Kevin Ledanois (France) celebrates his U23 world title

Kevin Ledanois (France) celebrates his U23 world title
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Kevin Ledanois (France) celebrates his U23 world title

Kevin Ledanois (France) celebrates his U23 world title
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The U23 men at the 2015 Worlds in Richmond

The U23 men at the 2015 Worlds in Richmond
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The U23 men on Monument Ave in Richmond for the World Championships

The U23 men on Monument Ave in Richmond for the World Championships
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Kevin Ledanois (France) came home with a thrilling victory in the men’s U23 World Championships in Richmond, Virginia after a well-timed attacked in the closing stages of the race. Despite a late surge from the bunch, the Frenchman was able to hold off Simone Consonni (Italy) and Anthony Turgis (France) who finished in second and third.

The race, as predicted, came down to the final lap of 10, with Italy and France well positioned before the final set of three climbs. A crash on Libby Hill from Belgian Nathan Van Hooydonck initially split the field but Ledanois made his move on the climb of 23rd Street.

He only had a small margin of a few seconds at the foot of Governor Street with Italy setting a frantic late chase. With 500 meters to go it looked as though Ledanois would be reeled in as Consonni and Gianni Moscon (Italy) gave chase but with Turgis sitting in and Ledanois just having enough in the tank, France were able to celebrate a rainbow jersey and a bronze medal.

Italy had ridden an intelligent race throughout with Davide Martinelli in two key moves. They had strength in depth in the finale too but the French had numbers as well and timed their offensive play to perfection.

Turgis and Ledanois swept by a fading Martinelli near the summit of Libby Hill and Ledanois, son of former rider Yvon Ledanois – now a team director at BMC Racing – surged clear. The 22-year-old only held a thin margin over the splinted field but the Bretagne - Séché Environnement rider ground his way up the final two climbs. He desperately sprinted out of the saddle when Italy started to close the gap and held off Consonni.

How it unfolded

Frantic, fast, frenetic. Everything you really expect from a U23 race at this level when there’s a rainbow jersey on the line.

Omer Goldstein (Israel), Jean Bosco Insengiyumva (Rwanda) and Joao Rodrigues (Portugal) attacked on the first lap and created the first break of the morning with Algeria’s Adil Barbari soon joining them.

Eddie Dubar (Ireland), Greg Daniel (USA) Paredes (Colombia), and Astafyev (Kaz) soon joined them but it wasn’t until a move that contained Dubar, Davide Martinelli (Italy), Oleg Zemlyakov (Kazakhstann), Maximillian Schachmann (Germany) and Jose Luis Rodriguez (Chile) formed did the race move into a more settled format.

Martinelli presence was clear from the start – contain the break but offer little in the way of assistance but with just over 50 kilometres to go the strain was beginning to tell with Dubar the first to fall from the back of the group on the ascent of Libby Hill.

The remaining four leaders had just a minute on the peloton with three laps of the circuit to go but an untimely mechanical for Martinelli took him out of the running at that stage.

With two laps remaining the French, Italians - now that Martinelli had dropped back – and the British took control with the break caught on the penultimate time up Libby Hill.

Søren Kragh Andersen (Denmark), a double stage winner in the Tour de l'Avenir crested the top alone and he built up a 10 second lead on the descent but the peloton were still bristling with strong legs and well-represented nations. The Dane was caught inside the final 10 kilometres with Martinelli, Nils Politt (Germany), Jakub Kaczmarek (Poland) striking clear on the now, slightly wet roads. They lacked the necessary cooperation and so it came down the final set of three hills.

Nathan Van Hooydonck (Belgium), Owain Doull (Great Britain) and ads Würtz Schmidt (Denmark) were all taken out by crashes with the French able to stay ahead of the falls. Over the top off Libby Hill Ledanois still had much to do but with Turgis present and Consonni admitting later that he lacked the confidence to attack earlier, the Frenchman stayed clear.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Ledanois (France)3:54:45
2Simone Consonni (Italy)
3Anthony Turgis (France)0:00:02
4Gianni Moscon (Italy)
5Alexander Kamp Egested (Denmark)0:00:05
6Fabian Lienhard (Switzerland)
7Michal Schlegel (Czech Republic)
8Lucas Gaday Orozco (Argentina)
9Adam De Vos (Canada)0:00:10
10Lennard Kamna (Germany)0:00:12
11Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eritrea)
12Tom Bohli (Switzerland)
13Jack Haig (Australia)
14Tim Kerkhof (Netherlands)0:00:13
15Mihkel Raim (Estonia)
16Michal Paluta (Poland)
17Benjamin Declercq (Belgium)
18Jakub Kaczmarek (Poland)
19Maxime Farazijn (Belgium)
20Miguel Angel Benito Diez (Spain)0:00:16
21Alexander Wachter (Austria)
22Sam Oomen (Netherlands)
23Twan Brusselman (Netherlands)
24Imanol Estevez (Spain)
25Rok Korosec (Slovenia)0:00:24
26Benjamin Perry (Canada)
27Lucas Eriksson (Sweden)
28Felix Grossschartner (Austria)
29Soren Kragh Andersen (Denmark)
30Sebastian Schonberger (Austria)
31Ignacio Prado (Mexico)
32Fabien Grellier (France)0:00:29
33Stylianos Farantakis (Greece)
34Josip Rumac (Croatia)
35Jan Dieteren (Germany)0:00:35
36Dylan Page (Switzerland)0:00:37
37Laurens De Plus (Belgium)
38Truls Engen Korsaeth (Norway)
39Nuno Matos (Portugal)
40David Per (Slovenia)
41Cristian Raileanu (Republic of Moldova)
42Anders Skaarseth (Norway)
43Metkel Eyob (Eritrea)0:00:48
44Hector Saez Benito (Spain)
45Yuri Kobashi (Japan)
46Samir Jabrayilov (Azerbaijan)
47Erik Baska (Slovakia)
48Daniel Eaton (United States Of America)
49Gasper Katrasnik (Slovenia)
50Nils Politt (Germany)
51Michael Gogl (Austria)
52Oliviero Troia (Italy)0:00:59
53Josten Vaidem (Estonia)0:01:03
54Sergey Luchshenko (Kazakhstan)0:01:07
55Rui Carvalho (Portugal)0:01:09
56Nicholas Schultz (Australia)0:01:12
57Ildar Arslanov (Russian Federation)
58Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eritrea)
59Hugo Hofstetter (France)
60Guy Gabay (Israel)
61Toshiki Omote (Japan)
62Yevgeniy Gidich (Kazakhstan)
63Ryan Gibbons (South Africa)
64Daan Myngheer (Belgium)
65Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)
66Davide Martinelli (Italy)
67Gregor Muhlberger (Austria)
68Artem Nych (Russian Federation)
69Roman Kustadinchev (Russian Federation)
70James Oram (New Zealand)0:01:17
71Anass Ait El Abdia (Morocco)0:01:20
72Jose Luis Rodriguez (Chile)0:01:25
73Daniel Hoelgaard (Norway)
74Odd Christian Eiking (Norway)
75Wilmar Paredes (Colombia)
76Oleg Zemlyakov (Kazakhstan)
77Lennard Hofstede (Netherlands)
78Harry Carpenter (Australia)0:01:48
79Patrick Muller (Switzerland)0:02:08
80Juan Felipe Osorio (Colombia)0:02:20
81Marcus Faglum Karlsson (Sweden)0:02:22
82Nathan Van Hooydonck (Belgium)0:02:49
83Adrian Banaszek (Poland)0:03:02
84Dion Smith (New Zealand)
85Daniel Turek (Czech Republic)
86Josef Cerny (Czech Republic)0:03:31
87Logan Owen (United States Of America)
88Leonardo Basso (Italy)0:03:32
89Jayde Julius (South Africa)0:03:34
90Colin Joyce (United States Of America)
91Markus Hoelgaard (Norway)0:04:11
92Owain Doull (Great Britain)0:04:25
93Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Denmark)0:04:40
94Krists Neilands (Latvia)
95Gustav Hoog (Sweden)
96Davide Ballerini (Italy)0:05:17
97Bonaventure Uwizeyimana (Rwanda)0:05:42
98Thery Schir (Switzerland)0:06:11
99Pedro Rodriguez (Ecuador)0:06:53
100Fabrizio Von Nacher Suess (Mexico)0:08:14
101Juraj Bellan (Slovakia)0:08:51
102Stepan Astafyev (Kazakhstan)0:09:46
103Esteban David Villareal Almeida (Ecuador)
104Joao Rodrigues (Portugal)
105Abderrahmane Mansouri (Algeria)0:10:44
106Aksel Nommela (Estonia)
107Ludvig Bengtsson (Sweden)
108Eddie Dunbar (Ireland)
109Adil Barbari (Algeria)
110Dmitriy Lukyanov (Kazakhstan)
111Mamyr Stash (Russian Federation)
DNFJonas Gregaard Wilsly (Denmark)
DNFLubos Malovec (Slovakia)
DNFFranck Bonnamour (France)
DNFHayden Mccormick (New Zealand)
DNFJuan Ignacio Curuchet (Argentina)
DNFRoy Goldstein (Israel)
DNFYonas Tekeste Haile (Eritrea)
DNFTao Geoghegan Hart (Great Britain)
DNFRuben Guerreiro (Portugal)
DNFAviv Yechzkel (Israel)
DNFYuma Koishi (Japan)
DNFJhonatan Ospina (Colombia)
DNFTyler Williams (United States Of America)
DNFValens Ndayisenga (Rwanda)
DNFScott Davies (Great Britain)
DNFAlex Peters (Great Britain)
DNFAlejandro Morales (Chile)
DNFTom Wirtgen (Luxembourg)
DNFSalvador Martinez (El Salvador)
DNFJonas Koch (Germany)
DNFMartin Laas (Estonia)
DNFMarlen Zmorka (Ukraine)
DNFSergiy Kozachenko (Ukraine)
DNFNigel Ellsay (Canada)
DNFRuslan Giliazov (Russian Federation)
DNFAlexander Cataford (Canada)
DNFMarc Fournier (France)
DNFSuguru Tokuda (Japan)
DNFMads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark)
DNFCaio Godoy Ormenese (Brazil)
DNFGregory Daniel (United States Of America)
DNFXavier San Sebastian (Spain)
DNFRustom Lim (Philippines)
DNFAtsushi Oka (Japan)
DNFAlvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui (Colombia)
DNFJean Bosco Insengiyumva (Rwanda)
DNFGabriel Cullaigh (Great Britain)
DNFNikolay Cherkasov (Russian Federation)
DNFFrantisek Sisr (Czech Republic)
DNFAndrej Petrovski (Macedonia)
DNFFridtjof Roeinaas (Norway)
DNFDominic Perez (Philippines)
DNFSebastian Molano (Colombia)
DNFDominique Mayho (Bermuda)
DNFMiles Scotson (Australia)
DNFJhon Mark Camingao (Philippines)
DNFJefferson Cepeda (Ecuador)
DNFOskar Nisu (Estonia)
DNFGerardo Medina (Mexico)
DNFNassim Saidi (Algeria)
DNFNarankhuu Bat-Erdene (Mongolia)
DNFAbderrahmane Bechlaghem (Algeria)
DNFOmer Goldstein (Israel)
DNFNickolas Dlamini (South Africa)
DNFKolya Shumov (Belarus)
DNFJhonatan Restrepo (Colombia)
DNFElias Abou Rachid (Lebanon)
DNFSteven Lammertink (Netherlands)
DSQAlistair Donohoe (Australia)

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