Monday, September 27, 2021
HomeRaceRace ReviewsWorld Road Championships 2012 - Junior Womens' Road Race

World Road Championships 2012 – Junior Womens’ Road Race

-

World Road Championships 2012

When you write and then put your words out there into the ether, whether for the World Road Championships 2012 or any other race, you set yourself up. Whilst there’s nothing better than someone taking the time to say that they like your work.

On the other side of that coin is that there will always be folks who have a real go at you. I understand and accept that, but what’s difficult to accept is uninformed criticism, where people don’t really understand the situation.

A gentleman wrote in to us to complain because I didn’t report on the Ladies’ and Junior Ladies’ time trials, and saying that the piece I wrote on time trial bikes was boring – and I can understand that it would be to many folks.

Whilst Martin and I get ourselves on a ‘plane and get to as many races as we can for VeloVeritas, the fact is that it’s another cycling site which is bankrolling this particular trip to the Worlds. I’m here to write feature pieces for them, not race reports – those are done by others. Of course, whilst here I also try to produce solid copy for VeloVeritas, duplicating as little as I can.

For reasons I don’t quite understand, there was no live TV coverage of the two World Road Championships 2012 races in question – making it impossible to do live reports. Everyone does their live reporting off TV coverage; whether that’s in the Press Room, beside the parcours or in Spain or the US it’s all done the same way – someone sits in front of a monitor and talks or writes about what they see.

With no race report possible for the site I decided that I’d be better to focus on other aspects of the World Road Championships 2012.

I decided on a piece on the TT bikes and an article about MTN Qhubeka – Africa’s first Pro Continental team.

With the Elite time trial next day I felt that these choices made sense. Whilst some folks are bored by ‘bike porn’ – as I believe some people refer to it – many readers do like to see pictures of Tony Martin’s chainring, Marco Pinotti’s tri-bars and Di2 battery locations.

And I must also add that I’m no expert on ladies’ racing – there are so many facets to our sport that it’s impossible to have full knowledge of them all.

As we keep saying here on VeloVeritas, if someone would like to submit regular informed copy on ladies’ racing to us, we’d be delighted to run it.

We also have to consider market forces; I was informed by a usually reliable German source that when Nicole Cooke was Olympic and world champion she was on €50,000 per annum. In the male branch of the sport, there are numerous riders who are annually paid into seven figures – Bradley Wiggins can command €40,000 for an afternoon Derny-paced criterium.

The market pays what the commodity is worth.

I also have a friend who raced for the Rabobank ladies squad – she confirmed to me that only very best girls get paid. Many race for a bike, jersey and race programme but no money – as she did.

But stung by the criticism I got myself along to the junior ladies road race, today.

World Road Championships 2012
The girls set off at the World Road Championships 2012.

If I’m no expert on senior female athletes, I know even less about junior ladies. I was aware that GB’s Lucy Garner was defending champion – and that she had decent support from the GB team.

There weren’t a lot of spectators when the 82 riders set off but we took up position in the grandstand – conveniently situated so as you can’t see the finish line.

World Road Championships 2012
The junior women roll away from the start.

Never mind’ we thought ‘we’ll watch the race on these nice TV monitors.’

Unfortunately, the TV coverage extended to the start/finish line but not another inch of the circuit.

We’ll have to rely on the commentary, then’ said us.

But because there was no TV coverage, the commentators didn’t know what was happening either, except for updates from the time checks when the race passed.

World Road Championships 2012
John Young of Fietsenphotography was out on the World Road Championships 2012 circuit, but the first three laps saw very little action to speak of.

And then for two laps there were unintelligible presentations going on so the only commentary we got was when the peloton passed the start/finish line.

And the fact is, at no stage did we see a breakaway, we believe there were some, but we didn’t see them.

All we saw was a peloton which got a wee bit thinner, each lap.

World Road Championships 2012
Penultimate time up the Cauburg and Norway, Italy and Poland put the pressure on

The finish was cool, Lucy Garner winning again, one of her team mates crashing at my feet and all the hubbub of a big race finish.

World Road Championships 2012
Lucy takes the Championship for the second year in a row.

I think we’ve covered enough Scottish time trials to be able to be able to make an event which isn’t spectacular sound at least interesting.

But finish apart, the junior ladies road race was a tough race to ‘big up’ – especially with no TV coverage.

But as Kris said; ‘maybe it wasn’t the best race in the world, but the girls have to start somewhere.’

Tomorrow is the U23 road champs, I’ll be covering that – I hope to walk the parcours, but I won’t have enough time to work the ladies races in the afternoon, too.

But if someone else would like to cover the race and submit a report…

World Road Championships 2012
An emotional Lucy Garner prepares to receive another Rainbow Jersey.

Results - The “World Road Championships 2012 - Junior Womens' Road Race

Championship Result

1 Lucy Garner (Great Britain) 2:11:26
2 Eline Gleditsch Brustad (Norway)
3 Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Italy)
4 Sophie Williamson (New Zealand)
5 Jessy Druyts (Belgium)
6 Rasa Pocyte (Lithuania)
7 Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spain)
8 Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Denmark)
9 Emily Roper (Australia)
10 Alicja Ratajczak (Poland)
11 Kirsten Coppens (Netherlands)
12 Kaat Van Der Meulen (Belgium)
13 Eider Merino Cortazar (Spain)
14 Lucja Pietrzak (Poland)
15 Urska Kalan (Slovenia)
16 Christina Siggaard (Denmark)
17 Alexandra Nessmar (Sweden)
18 Anastasiia Iakovenko (Russian Federation)
19 Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Poland)
20 Elinor Barker (Great Britain) 0:00:03
21 Yao Pang (Hong Kong, China) 0:00:08
22 Katarzyna Kirchenstein (Poland) 0:00:18
23 Lourdes Oyarbide Jimenez (Spain)
24 Milda Jankauskaite (Lithuania)
25 Segolene Leberon (France)
26 Kelly Van Den Steen (Belgium)
27 Corinna Lechner (Germany)
28 Alice Maria Arzuffi (Italy)
29 Jessica Mundy (Australia)
30 Claudia Buitrago Calderon (Colombia)
31 Jessie Walker (Great Britain)
32 Madelaine Ortmueller (Germany)
33 Ilaria Sanguineti (Italy) 0:00:21
34 Asja Paladin (Italy)
35 Addyson Albershardt (United States Of America) 0:00:28
36 Katsiaryna Piatrouskaya (Belarus)
37 Anna Knauer (Germany) 0:00:32
38 Olha Shekel (Ukraine)
39 Reda Kaulinskaite (Lithuania)
40 Caroline Baur (Switzerland)
41 Ann-Leonie Weichmann (Germany)
42 Elisabeth Riegler (Austria)
43 Audrey Labrie (Canada)
44 Felicia Ferner (Sweden)
45 Molly Weaver (Great Britain)
46 Manon Bourdiaux (France)
47 Demi De Jong (Netherlands) 0:00:36
48 Antonela Ferencic (Croatia) 0:00:43
49 Lotte Kopecky (Belgium) 0:00:45
50 Stefanie Bochsler (Switzerland) 0:00:59
51 Corine Van Der Zijden (Netherlands) 0:01:06
52 Janine Van Der Meer (Netherlands) 0:01:21
53 Olena Demydova (Ukraine) 0:01:33
54 Louise Marie Olsen (Denmark) 0:01:46
55 Severine Eraud (France) 0:03:04
56 Larisa Kristiansen (Norway) 0:03:09
57 Ramona Forchini (Switzerland) 0:03:20
58 Hanna Helamb (Sweden) 0:03:27
59 Allison Rice (Australia)
60 Alicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spain) 0:03:34
61 Georgia Baker (Australia) 0:04:37
62 Svetlana Vasilieva (Russian Federation) 0:05:26
63 Emily Kay (Great Britain) 0:06:15
64 Vira Shvarchuk (Ukraine) 0:08:41
65 Alexis Ryan (United States Of America) 0:08:46
66 Gulnaz Badykova (Russian Federation)
67 Grace Alexander (United States Of America) 0:08:48
68 Allyson Gillard (Canada) 0:09:02
69 Ariane Bonhomme (Canada)
70 Nikola Hlubinkova (Czech Republic) 0:09:15
71 Aliaksandra Kazlova (Belarus) 0:18:04
72 Cindi Magali Dinatale (Argentina) 0:18:19
73 Erin Donohue (United States Of America) 0:20:18
74 Aranza Villalon (Chile)
75 Kristina Savelieva (Russian Federation) 0:20:20
76 Heidi Dalton (South Africa) 0:20:46
77 Regisleyne Dos Santos Rodrigues W. (Brazil) 0:32:02
DNF Erika Varela Huerta (Mexico)
DNF Kseniya Tuhai (Belarus)
DNF Zavinta Titenyte (Lithuania)
DNF Eva Mottet (France)
DNS Saskia Kowalchuk (Canada)
World Road Championships 2012
Eline Brustad (Norway), Lucy Garner (GBR) and Anna Stricker (Italy).

World Road Championships 2012 Gallery

Ed Hood
Ed's been involved in cycling for over 45 years. In that time he's been a successful time triallist, team manager, and sponsor of several teams and clubs. He's also a respected and successful coach, and during the winter months can often be found working in the cabins at the Six Days. Ed remains a massive fan of the sport and couples his extensive contacts with an inexhaustable enthusiasm for the minutiae and the history of our sport.

Related Articles

Ronan McLaughlin – Team Ireland’s Third Man at the Worlds

As the Worlds memories begin to fade and thoughts turn to the late season classics in northern Italy and France, VeloVeritas takes a last look back at the Cauberg. But this time through the eyes of a man who rode that beast of a hill all 11 times on Sunday, Ireland’s Ronan McLaughlin.

World Road Championships 2012 – Day Two, the Team Time Trial

I resisted the bars of Valkenburg and was in bed not long after 10:00 on Saturday night. The body clock woke me for 06:15 and I was on the Cauberg before 07:00 for the Team Time Trial.

World Road Championships 2011 – Day 4, rest day

No races today, time to catch up with some old friends, the gossip and write up the Worlds Elite rr preview and fit in an interview - I have to justify my existence. We're about 20 K from the city of Copenhagen in Naerum, which is right on the course. It takes two trains to get to central Copenhagen, but they run frequently and bang on time. Our meeting this morning was with Dane, Jimmy Hansen.

World U23 Road Race Championship 2011 – A Young Braveheart in the Medals

Braveheart rider Andy Fenn took an excellent bronze medal in the World U23 Road Race Championship 2011 on a windy but dry day in the northern suburbs of Copenhagen. The French team proved best motivated and organised with a dazzling one-two. Let's hope that Arnaud Demare doesn't go the way of so many French amateur and U23 champions in the past - big hype, big contract then a gradual slide in to obscurity.

Ponferrada World Road Championships 2014 – Elite Men. Michal Kwiatkowski Times it Perfectly

Spanish sports paper, Mundo Deportivo says; 'El Tigre, en la Lieja-Ponferrada-Lieja' comparing the race to an Ardennes Classic. 'A complete cyclist with a brilliant future,' they say of the 24 year-old Pole Michal Kwiatkowski. Despite a tiny box on the front cover, the race gets two-and-a-half pages with nice colour pictures.

Tha’ Knows! Volunteering at the World Road Championships

"In Spring a young man’s fancy..." Well, this Spring, being no longer young, my fancy turned to applying for volunteering at the World Road Championships on the "Yorkshire Team", the events being held 22st to 29th September in Yorkshire, where I have been living for the past eleven years.

At Random

Le Tour de France 2010, Stage 1: Rotterdam – Brussels; Finish Line Chaos

Today's stage leaves from Rotterdam... but first; I didn't used to be a fan - but I guess that was just because he was one of the few who could beat my idol, Super Mario - but now I'm a confirmed Ale Jet admirer. Depending on which reference site you chose he's had 156 - or is it 169 wins?

The VV View: Wiggo’s Fairytale Finish, NeoPros and Retirals

It wasn't just Vik and I who thought the Gent Six Day finale was a tad too obvious to be true - "a Fairtytale" Cycling Weekly said, they got that right - we've had feedback from two men who were there. Our man who lives in Gent said; "It was without a doubt the most historic Gent Six I've attended and I don't think we'll see another in our lifetime ( I did say 10 years ago or so that there will never be a British winner of the Tour - what do I know). It was however the most blatantly fixed Six Day I've seen."

Joan Horrach – “I miss the life of a Professional, it’s amazing!”

One of the nice things about going to the Tour of Britain start in Holyrood Park was catching up with old friends and making some new ones, like Madison-Genesis DS and former Grand Tour stalwart – 16 ridden - and Giro stage winner, Joan Horrach. Joan is an amigo of team manager/DS, former British Elite road and ‘cross champion and Paris-Roubaix podium finisher, Roger Hammond; and when the Englishman needs extra help – like at the Tour of Britain – he gives Joan a ring and the Mallorquín jumps on a plane in his native Illes Balears and heads for sunny England.

Matthias Barnet – “I just love being on the bike and able to compete”

Seven years ago, in 2014, we interviewed Matthias Barnet, he had just won the 2014 British u16 Criterium Championship on the technical Hog Hill circuit at Redbridge, London. Since then we’ve not heard much of the man but when we spotted that he had signed up with Flavio Zappi’s squadra for season 2021 – along with fellow Scott, Hamish Strachan, who we spoke to recently – we just had to have a word with him.

Norman Hansen sprints to historic victory in Australia

Lasse Norman Hansen sealed Aqua Blue Sport’s first win in 2018 season in spectacular fashion by powering to victory in an hectic sprint finale on stage one of Jayco Herald Sun Tour. The Dane, who is also the new yellow jersey of the race, made cycling history by taking the first UCI professional road race win with a 1x drivetrain bike - the 3T Strada.

Saunier Duval Team Launch – Day 3

Saturday, and it's official Saunier Duval launch day. The TV cameras are gathering, the cars are being polished and the riders are playing musical clothing with one-another: the full delivery of kit hasn't arrived from Castelli yet. On the big run yesterday there were still plenty of "Prodir" logos, despite the fact that the Swiss pen manufacturers are no longer a sponsor. So, it's not just those British clothing suppliers who get the deliveries wrong.