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Alena Ivanchenko wins junior women's time trial title at Flanders World Championships

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The junior women’s time trial podium (l-r) Zoe Backstedt (Great Britain), Alena Ivanchenko (Russia) and Antonia Niedermaier (Germany)

The junior women’s time trial podium (l-r) Zoe Backstedt (Great Britain), Alena Ivanchenko (Russia) and Antonia Niedermaier (Germany) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The junior women’s time trial podium (l-r) Zoe Backstedt (Great Britain), Alena Ivanchenko (Russia) and Antonia Niedermaier (Germany)

The junior women’s time trial podium (l-r) Zoe Backstedt (Great Britain), Alena Ivanchenko (Russia) and Antonia Niedermaier (Germany) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Alena Ivanchenko (Russia) is the new junior time trial champion

Alena Ivanchenko (Russia) is the new junior time trial champion (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Alena Ivanchenko (Russia) takes centre stage on the podium

Alena Ivanchenko (Russia) takes centre stage on the podium (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BRUGES BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 21 Silver medalist Zoe Bckstedt of The United Kingdom celebrates winning during the medal ceremony after the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Women Junior ITT a 193km Individual Time Trial race from KnokkeHeist to Bruges flanders2021 ITT on September 21 2021 in Bruges Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Zoe Bäckstedt of the United Kingdom during the medal ceremony (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Alena Ivanchenko (Russia) goes deep in the time trial

Alena Ivanchenko (Russia) goes deep in the time trial (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Alena Ivanchenko (Russia)

Alena Ivanchenko (Russia) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Antonia Niedermaier (Germany)

Antonia Niedermaier (Germany) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Zoe Backstedt (Great Britain)

Zoe Backstedt (Great Britain) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BRUGES BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 21 Zoe Bckstedt of The United Kingdom sprints during the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Women Junior ITT a 193km Individual Time Trial race from KnokkeHeist to Bruges flanders2021 ITT on September 21 2021 in Bruges Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Zoe Bäckstedt of the United Kingdom during her silver-medal ride (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BRUGES BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 21 Olivia Cummins of The United States sprints during the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Women Junior ITT a 193km Individual Time Trial race from KnokkeHeist to Bruges flanders2021 ITT on September 21 2021 in Bruges Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Olivia Cummins of the United States would finish in top 10 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BRUGES BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 21 Anna van der Meiden of The Netherlands sprints during the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Women Junior ITT a 193km Individual Time Trial race from KnokkeHeist to Bruges flanders2021 ITT on September 21 2021 in Bruges Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Anna van der Meiden of the Netherlands during her time trial and would finish just off the podium in fourth (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BRUGES BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 21 LR Silver medalist Zoe Bckstedt of The United Kingdom gold medalist Alena Ivanchenko of Russian Cycling Federation and bronze medalist Antonia Niedermaier of Germany pose on the podium during the medal ceremony after the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Women Junior ITT a 193km Individual Time Trial race from KnokkeHeist to Bruges flanders2021 ITT on September 21 2021 in Bruges Belgium Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Podium ceremony for Junior Women after ITT (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BRUGES BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 21 Detail view of Gold medalist Alena Ivanchenko of Russian Cycling Federation winning during the medal ceremony after the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Women Junior ITT a 193km Individual Time Trial race from KnokkeHeist to Bruges flanders2021 ITT on September 21 2021 in Bruges Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Alena Ivanchenko (Russia) with her gold medal after the ITT (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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BRUGES BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 21 Gold medalist Alena Ivanchenko of Russian Cycling Federation celebrates winning during the medal ceremony after the 94th UCI Road World Championships 2021 Women Junior ITT a 193km Individual Time Trial race from KnokkeHeist to Bruges flanders2021 ITT on September 21 2021 in Bruges Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images

Alena Ivanchenko (Russia) enjoys awards ceremony in rainbow jersey and gold medal (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Russia’s Alena Ivanchenko beat Great Britain’s Zoe Backstedt to win the world title in the junior women’s time trial in Flanders. 

Backstedt set 25:16 to take the hot seat for the fastest time but Ivanchenko started last, set a faster intermediate time and then snatched victory with a time of 25:05.

She added the rainbow jersey to the European time trial title she won in Trento and the multiple world titles she claimed on the track in Egypt a few weeks ago.  

Germany’s Antonia Niedermaier took the bronze medal with a time of 25:30. Anna van der Meiden of the Netherlands was fourth at a more distant 1:25, with Great Britain's Madelaine Leech fifth at 1:26. The USA’s Olivia Cummins was eighth at 2:15.

The junior women raced over 19.3km between Knokke-Heist and Bruges, avoiding some of the long and straight extra sections covered in the elite races.

Ivanchenko almost crashed into the barriers on a left turn as she miss-timed her cornering but kept her nerve to win at an average of 43.350km/h. 

“I'm very happy and it was very fun. It was very cool,” Ivanchenko said. “I felt good because the course was a flat one. I prefer that to the mountains. The atmosphere was good and it really helped.”

Ivanchenko turns 18 in November and so will step up to the elite ranks, but she has still to confirm where she will race in 2022.  

“Next year I want to race more and train more. I want to win a big race,” she said.

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alena Ivanchenko (Russian Federation) 0:25:05
2Zoe Backstedt (Great Britain) 0:00:11
3Antonia Niedermaier (Germany) 0:00:25
4Anna van der Meiden (Netherlands) 0:01:26
5Madelaine Leech (Great Britain) 0:01:27
6Elise Uijen (Netherlands) 0:01:30
7Eglantine Rayer (France) 0:01:52
8Olivia Cummins (United States Of America) 0:02:16
9Febe Jooris (Belgium) 0:02:19
10Anniina Ahtosalo (Finland) 0:02:21
11Eliska Kvasnickova (Czech Republic) 0:02:22
12Selma Lantzsch (Germany) 0:02:23
13Amalie Christensen (Norway) 0:02:33
14Karin Soderqvist (Sweden) 0:02:44
15Elisabeth Ebras (Estonia) 0:02:44
16Marith Vanhove (Belgium) 0:02:45
17Laura Lizette Sander (Estonia) 0:02:47
18Tamara Szalinska (Poland) 0:02:49
19Maja Wroblewska (Poland) 0:02:57
20Laia Puigdefabregas Ariz (Spain) 0:03:00
21Wilma Aintila (Finland) 0:03:01
22Nicole Bradbury (Canada) 0:03:04
23Nika Bobnar (Slovenia) 0:03:06
24Laura Auerbach-Lind (Denmark) 0:03:09
25Victoria Lund (Denmark) 0:03:11
26Fiona Zimmermann (Switzerland) 0:03:12
27Nahia Imaz Perez (Spain) 0:03:13
28Yelena Mandrakova (Kazakhstan) 0:03:15
29Carlotta Cipressi (Italy) 0:03:24
30Gabriela Lopez Irreno (Colombia) 0:03:24
31Anna Kuskova (Uzbekistan) 0:03:24
32Makayla Macpherson (United States Of America) 0:03:26
33Daniela Schmidsberger (Austria) 0:03:28
34Flavie Boulais (France) 0:03:30
35Lilly Ujfalusi (Canada) 0:03:30
36Alla Marushchuk (Ukraine) 0:03:31
37Margarita Misyurina (Uzbekistan) 0:03:33
38Bota Batyrbekova (Kazakhstan) 0:03:38
39Kristina Gilfanova (Russian Federation) 0:03:45
40Marie Schreiber (Luxembourg) 0:03:46
41Aukse Strainyte (Lithuania) 0:03:48
42Tereza Kurnicka (Slovakia) 0:03:50
43Francesca Barale (Italy) 0:03:54
44Olena Rebrakova (Ukraine) 0:03:55
45Julia Kopecky (Czech Republic) 0:03:57
46Pija Galof (Slovenia) 0:04:01
47Evelina Ermane Marcenko (Latvia) 0:04:05
48Sara Moreno Benitez (Colombia) 0:04:08
49Chante Olivier (South Africa) 0:04:21
50Anaelle Gaillard (Switzerland) 0:04:27
51Ivana Tonkova (Bulgaria) 0:04:36
52Kitija Siltumena (Latvia) 0:04:44
53Caitlin Thompson (South Africa) 0:05:00
54Serena Jeanette Torres (El Salvador) 0:05:01
55Eleni Koukouma (Cyprus) 0:06:37
DNSInna Abaidullina (Russian Federation)
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