Aleksandr Riabushenko wins U23 Euros

Aleksandr Riabushenko from Belarus emerged as a winner atop the Cadoudal hill in Plumelec, ahead of Belgium’s Björg Lambrecht and Italy’s Andrea Vendrame to become the U23 European road race champion.

“I came here for winning”, Riabushenko told Cyclingnews after the finish.

“At least I was confident that I could make the top three. My tactic consisted of waiting for the last three or four laps and not losing my legs before. This kind of uphill finale is exactly my cup of tea. I want to become an Amstel Gold Race winner in the future.”

A three-man leading group formed of Piotr Brozyna (Poland), Federico Olei (San Marino) and Dusan Rajovic (Serbia) and they highlighted the first half of the race with a maximum advantage of four minutes. It was together again after just half way. Pavel Sivakov (Russia) and Jonathan Dibben (Great-Britain) made solo attempts after that but a trio then had more chance of success with Tour de l’Avenir overall winner David Gaudu (France), Tour de l’Avenir stage 1 winner Vincenzo Albanese (Italy) as well as Artem Nych (Russia).

They had 25 seconds approaching the last three kilometers but Belgium and Great Britain led the charge. Albanese was the last man to be caught with 200 metres to go. “I always knew we’d catch them”, Riabushenko firmly said. “This kind of sprint was perfect for me and I was backed by a very good team in the finale. I also like this area for racing. As a junior I came second to Mathieu Van der Poel in nations cup Trophée Centre-Morbihan. Coming here I was completely aware of the big tradition of cycling in this part of Europe with Tour de France stages finishes like last year’s team time trial.”

The new U23 European champion is the son of Svyatoslav Riabushenko who was the last national champion of the USSR. He represented the Community of the Independent States at the Olympic road race won by the late Fabio Casartelli in Barcelona in 1992.

“I grew up in Minsk but I’ve spent the past three seasons in Italy racing in Tuscany and now for Palazzago under coach Olivano Locatelli, like Yaroslav Popovych before and more recently Fabio Aru”, the 20 year old said.

“I live near Bergamo in the same house Aru used to stay in too. I want to become a pro but I haven’t spoken to any team yet. Maybe I’d better do one more year as an amateur to become stronger.”

Second placed Björg Lambrecht who usually races for the U23 Lotto-Soudal team is in no hurry to turn pro as he’s 19, but third placed Andrea Vendrame was hopeful that his bronze medal is a call to professional outfits.

“I’ve had a difficult season with a bad accident during a training ride on April 7 when a car took me out,” the Venetian explained.

“I had a broken jaw and the surgery was complicated. It was a two-month break in my season so to just stand here on the podium is like a victory for me. I’m a versatile rider. I can sprint well in short hills like this one.”

Riabushenko will also race for Belarus at the flat world championships in Doha, Qatar. “It might not be a bunch sprint finish,” he warned with a big smile.

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aliaksandr Riabushenko (Belarus)3:32:43
2Bjorg Lambrecht (Belgium)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Andrea Vendrame (Italy)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Benoit Cosnefroy (France)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Gabriel Cullaigh (Great Britain)Row 4 - Cell 2
6Filippo Ganna (Italy)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Vincenzo Albanese (Italy)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Kevin Geniets (Luxembourg)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz (Poland)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Patrick Müller (Switzerland)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Kilian Frankiny (Switzerland)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Szymon Rekita (Poland)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Krists Neilands (Latvia)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Mark Downey (Ireland)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Stylianos Farantakis (Greece)Row 14 - Cell 2
16Valentin Madouas (France)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Alex Aranburu (Spain)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Pavel Sivakov (Russian Federation)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Gonzalo Serrano (Spain)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Gian Friesecke (Switzerland)0:00:04
21Pit Leyder (Luxembourg)0:00:06
22Michal Paluta (Poland)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Lucas Eriksson (Sweden)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Michal Schlegel (Czech Republic)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Sebastian Schönberger (Austria)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Ivan Centrone (Luxembourg)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Hampus Anderberg (Sweden)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Leo Vincent (France)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Nuno Bico (Portugal)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Martin Schäppi (Switzerland)0:00:09
31Pascal Eenkhoorn (Netherlands)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Bjornar Overland (Norway)0:00:12
33David Per (Slovenia)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Matthias Reutimann (Switzerland)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Jon Irisarri (Spain)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Sasu Halme (Finland)0:00:17
37Simone Consonni (Italy)0:00:19
38Antwan Tolhoek (Netherlands)0:00:20
39Lennard Hofstede (Netherlands)Row 38 - Cell 2
40André Carvalho (Portugal)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Eddie Dunbar (Ireland)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Izidor Penko (Slovenia)0:00:30
43Aksel Nõmmela (Estonia)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Samir Jabrayilov (Azerbaijan)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Iltjan Nika (Albania)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Luís Gomes (Portugal)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Ismail Iliasov (Azerbaijan)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Michael O'loughlin (Ireland)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Tom Wirtgen (Luxembourg)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Nans Peters (France)0:00:37
51Tao Geoghegan Hart (Great Britain)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Roman Lehky (Czech Republic)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Georg Zimmermann (Germany)0:00:39
54Artem Nych (Russian Federation)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Tobias Foss (Norway)0:00:42
56Nikolay Cherkasov (Russian Federation)0:00:51
57Raimondas Rumšas (Lithuania)Row 56 - Cell 2
58Benjamin Declercq (Belgium)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Jan Tschernoster (Germany)0:00:58
60Ivo Emanuel Oliveira (Portugal)0:01:05
61Giovanni Carboni (Italy)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Oliver Wood (Great Britain)0:01:31
63Edward Ravasi (Italy)0:01:41
64David Gaudu (France)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Christian Koch (Germany)0:01:44
66Lennard Kämna (Germany)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Jan Marcus Faaglum Karlsson (Sweden)0:02:35
68Jasper De Laat (Netherlands)0:02:50
69Kolya Shumov (Belarus)0:02:56
70Jonathan Dibben (Great Britain)0:03:00
71Larry Valvasori (Luxembourg)0:03:11
72Pontus Kastemyr (Sweden)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Jon Bozic (Slovenia)Row 72 - Cell 2
74Jaime Castrillo (Spain)Row 73 - Cell 2
75Aleksander Vlasov (Russian Federation)Row 74 - Cell 2
76Paul Ourselin (France)Row 75 - Cell 2
77Matthew Teggart (Ireland)Row 76 - Cell 2
78Lubos Malovec (Slovakia)Row 77 - Cell 2
79Uladzimir Gorohovik (Belarus)Row 78 - Cell 2
80Guy Sagiv (Israel)Row 79 - Cell 2
81Stefan Stefanovic (Serbia)Row 80 - Cell 2
82Martin Salmon (Germany)Row 81 - Cell 2
83Michael Kukrle (Czech Republic)Row 82 - Cell 2
84Jaakko Hänninen (Finland)Row 83 - Cell 2
85Piotr Brozyna (Poland)0:03:25
86Mark Stewart (Great Britain)0:05:14
87Nathan Van Hooydonck (Belgium)0:06:07
88Emiel Planckaert (Belgium)Row 87 - Cell 2
89Omer Goldshtein (Israel)0:06:52
90Héctor Carretero (Spain)Row 89 - Cell 2
91Venantas Lasinis (Lithuania)0:07:48
92Lukas Spengler (Switzerland)0:07:50
93Serkan Balkan (Turkey)0:07:52
94Kristo Enn Vaga (Estonia)Row 93 - Cell 2
95Remy Mertz (Belgium)Row 94 - Cell 2
96Kanan Gahramanli (Azerbaijan)Row 95 - Cell 2
97Onur Balkan (Turkey)Row 96 - Cell 2
98Gorazd Per (Slovenia)Row 97 - Cell 2
99Alexandr Kulikovskiy (Russian Federation)Row 98 - Cell 2
100Jan Petelin (Luxembourg)Row 99 - Cell 2
101Linas Rumšas (Lithuania)Row 100 - Cell 2
102János Pelikán (Hungary)Row 101 - Cell 2
103Michail Mavrikakis (Greece)Row 102 - Cell 2
104Josten Vaidem (Estonia)Row 103 - Cell 2
105Patrick Haller (Germany)Row 104 - Cell 2
106Daire Feeley (Ireland)Row 105 - Cell 2
107Pavel Camrda (Czech Republic)Row 106 - Cell 2
108Peter Lenderink (Netherlands)Row 107 - Cell 2
109Jan Kovar (Czech Republic)Row 108 - Cell 2
110Rinat Udod (Ukraine)Row 109 - Cell 2
111Vasili Strokov (Belarus)0:07:58
112Valerii Taradai (Ukraine)0:11:04
113Alan Banaszek (Poland)0:11:32
114Mateusz Grabis (Poland)Row 113 - Cell 2
115Eriks Toms Gavars (Latvia)Row 114 - Cell 2
116Victor Langellotti (Monaco)0:11:43
117Matic Grošelj (Slovenia)0:12:44
118Antonijo Barac (Bosnia Herzegovnia)0:15:44
119Elgun Alizada (Azerbaijan)Row 118 - Cell 2
120Kostyantyn Ashurov (Ukraine)Row 119 - Cell 2
121Mustafa Koklu (Turkey)Row 120 - Cell 2
DNFJuraj Bellan (Slovakia)Row 121 - Cell 2
DNFTomas Harag (Slovakia)Row 122 - Cell 2
DNFKristian Zimany (Slovakia)Row 123 - Cell 2
DNFPavol Kvietok (Slovakia)Row 124 - Cell 2
DNFRidion Kopshti (Albania)Row 125 - Cell 2
DNFPatrick Gamper (Austria)Row 126 - Cell 2
DNFEnver Asanov (Azerbaijan)Row 127 - Cell 2
DNFAnton Ivashkin (Belarus)Row 128 - Cell 2
DNFAlexei Chnyrko (Belarus)Row 129 - Cell 2
DNFLionel Taminiaux (Belgium)Row 130 - Cell 2
DNFNedzad Mahmic (Bosnia Herzegovnia)Row 131 - Cell 2
DNFJosip Rumac (Croatia)Row 132 - Cell 2
DNFAndreas Miltiadis (Cyprus)Row 133 - Cell 2
DNFGert Kivistik (Estonia)Row 134 - Cell 2
DNFKarl Patrick Lauk (Estonia)Row 135 - Cell 2
DNFPeeter Pung (Estonia)Row 136 - Cell 2
DNFOskari Vainionpää (Finland)Row 137 - Cell 2
DNFDániel Móricz (Hungary)Row 138 - Cell 2
DNFMarton Dina (Hungary)Row 139 - Cell 2
DNFViktor Filutas (Hungary)Row 140 - Cell 2
DNFBalázs Rózsa (Hungary)Row 141 - Cell 2
DNFAviv Yechzkel (Israel)Row 142 - Cell 2
DNFJustas Beniušis (Lithuania)Row 143 - Cell 2
DNFAndrej Petrovski (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)Row 144 - Cell 2
DNFIvan Lutsenko (Republic of Moldova)Row 145 - Cell 2
DNFCees Bol (Netherlands)Row 146 - Cell 2
DNFSergey Rozin (Russian Federation)Row 147 - Cell 2
DNFFederico Olei (San Marino)Row 148 - Cell 2
DNFDusan Rajovic (Serbia)Row 149 - Cell 2
DNFGasper Katrasnik (Slovenia)Row 150 - Cell 2
DNFFethi Acar (Turkey)Row 151 - Cell 2
DNFEnes Talha Ay (Turkey)Row 152 - Cell 2
DNFFethullah Köse (Turkey)Row 153 - Cell 2
DNFIllya Klepikov (Ukraine)Row 154 - Cell 2
DNFTimur Maleev (Ukraine)Row 155 - Cell 2
DNFKostyantyn Rybaruk (Ukraine)Row 156 - Cell 2

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