Road Racing Begins at Worlds

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10/11/2003| 0 comments
by David Cohen
Three proud girls on the podium. From left to right Tolmacheva, Markerink and Fischer. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Three proud girls on the podium. From left to right Tolmacheva, Markerink and Fischer. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Road Racing Begins at Worlds

Competitors at the World Road Racing Championships shifted Friday from racing against the clock to racing against each other.  The result: two nail-biting sprint finishes in the Junior Women and Under 23 Men?s road races. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>


Dutch rider Loes Markerink, 18, nipped Russian Irina Tolmacheva and Sabine Fischer of Germany in a sprint finish in Junior Women?s race. Her time was two hours, five minutes and 39 seconds in the 74.4 km race.  The first 11 riders received the same time.



In the Men Under 23 race, Sergey Lagutin of Uzbekistan found something extra with about 50 metres to go to edge out Johan Van Summeren of Belgium.  Dutch rider Thomas Dekker, in a furious last-lap sprint, finished third.


In the women?s race, it was clear that 6 laps of the road race course (74.4 km) took a toll.  Thirty-two seconds separated the second bunch of 11 finishers from the first, but the rest finished considerably up the field.  Sixteen other riders did not finish or were lapped.


Markerink, who came second Junior Women?s time Trial, described the course as ? very hard? .   The race featured many attacks but as the lead bunch went through the last turn, at James and Main Streets, it was anyone?s race.  ?I just started sprinting after the turn ? I wasn?t thinking,? the 18-year-old Markerlink said.


Lagutin?s time for the 14-lap, 173.6 km men?s race was four hours, 14 minutes and five seconds.  On the 11th lap he and eight others formed a breakaway group and were able to maintain a short lead until the finish.



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Lagutin was fourth in last year?s World?s in the Men?s Under 23 category.  The 22-year-old hails from the town of
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As in the women?s race, the course took a toll.  Of the 133 starters, 93 finished.  After the first nine, 45 other riders were clocked nine seconds slower.  Others who avoided being lapped were several minutes up the course at the finish.


It?s apparent from these first two road races that the course is demanding and presents obstacles to team-based tactics.


The Junior Men?s Road race begins 900 a.m. tomorrow and the Elite Women?s race starts at


Stay tuned to for more World Championships action.

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