Silver For Caleb Ewan In 2014 UCI Road World Championships U23 Road Race

New South Wales??Caleb Ewan?has claimed the fifth medal for Australia at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, winning silver in the under 23 men?s road race. In the junior women’s road race, Alex Manly (SA) finished in eleventh place. Under 23 Recap New South Wales? Caleb Ewan?has claimed the fifth medal for Australia at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, winning silver in the under 23 men?s road race. Ewan took out the bunch sprint for silver while a late solo charge from Norway?s Sven Erik Bystrom saw him earn the rainbow stripes. “I?m pretty happy, of course disappointed not to get the gold but we did all we could,” said Ewan 20, who also claimed the silver medal in the junior race in the Netherlands, two years ago and finished fourth in the 2013 under 23 race. Sun greeted the field as they started 10 laps of the hilly 18.2km course. With the field knowing the Australian had one of the fastest finishes, the team were a visible presence in the peloton from the start. An aggressive start saw numerous attacks fail before a group was finally allowed to go clear. Adil Barbari (ALG), Roman Kustadinchev (RUS) and Sebastian Schonberger (AUT) built up a maximum advantage of around three and a half minutes. Alex Clements (TAS) assumed the early workload along with newly crowned time trial world champion Campbell Flakemore (TAS). Heading in to the second half of the race, the gap fell and attempts were made to bridge across. With three laps remaining, a new group of Ruben Zepuntke (GER), Roman Kustadinchev (RUS), Sebastian Schonberger (AUT), Lennard Hofstede (NED), Tilgen Maidos (KAZ) and Pierre-Roger LaTour (FRA) had formed. The gap continued to fall under the emphasis of all six Green and Gold jerseys on the front of the peloton. Heading in to the final lap the team had nearly brought the field back together. Kevin Ledanois (FRA) had an advantage of around 10 seconds as Sam Spokes (NSW), Jack Haig (VIC) and Rob Power (WA) lead the peloton. With the pressure on the field to do something, attacks came thick and fast. The lead constantly changed ahead of the final climb of the day. Bystrom attacked on the final climb with Power taking chase and almost making it across. Over the top, a group of 40 riders formed trying to bring things back together. However it wasn?t to be with Bystrom taking the win solo while Ewan easily won the sprint for silver ahead of Kristoffer Skjerping (NOR). Rob Power finished 35th in the front group, with Jack Haig 67th and Sam Spokes 78th. Despite missing out on gold, Ewan was very pleased to have taken a medal. “The course didn?t suit me so it could have gone either way, though we hoped for it to come back for a sprint. “Thank you to the whole team, without them it would not have been possible. Not just the team but all the staff at the AIS. They do everything for us.” The race ends Ewan?s time as an under 23 as he transitions to his professional contract with Orica-GreenEDGE on the 1st of October. “I missed a lot of racing after crashing at Ronde van Vlaanderen and a lot of the year I was playing catch up.” “The last couple of months I came good. With a win at Tour de l’Avenir and now here, it is a good finish.” Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy coach James Victor was extremely pleased with the performance by the entire time. “This team has always been strong, Iit is a unique group, they looked to control and they did. “We wanted six riders left with two laps to go to do the work,” said Victor. “We could have hidden in the bunch and the result might have been different but the boys took it up. That is their style. “The team has put in a lot of work in the past few months and at the Tour de l’Avenir and one day races in Italy, and the results have come. “We expected the final three laps to be hard, with other teams attacking, [but] the [finishing] group was bigger than expected.? Women’s Recap South Australia?s Alex Manly was the top in the junior women?s road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, finishing in eleventh place. Manly?s result comes after she narrowly missed out on a medal in the individual time trial by half a second. The 72.8km race was held over four laps of an 18.2km circuit, with two main climbs. Attacks were frequent on the final lap with Manly keeping a watchful eye on any danger, closing down several moves. ?We were hoping to have two left [at the finish],? said Manly. ?I?m happy with my ride, I gave it all I had.? A nervous start saw three crashes in the peloton. Fortunately, Manly, Macey Stewart (TAS), and Anna-Leeza Hull (NSW) were able to avoid them. Over the first two laps saw Stewart and Manly consistently in the top group of riders, with Hull also sitting safely in the peloton. The pace of the first laps thinned the peloton, with only 50 of the 93 starters remaining at the half way point. Newly crowned time trial world champion Stewart came to the front on lap three. ?I wanted to be in control. I didn?t want anyone to attack,? she said. On the flat run into the finish, Stewart attacked, distancing the peloton. Sensing the danger the field was quick to respond and bring her back. ?It was a bit of a bluff. I wanted everyone to see I was strong. A bit of reverse psychology,? the Tasmanian quipped. On the final climb Amalie Dideriksen (DEN), Sofia Bertizzolo (ITA) and Sofia Beggin (ITA) attacked and distanced the peloton. Manly was part of a small chasing group over the top just seven seconds behind. With Stewart slightly further back. Inside 2km to go Manly?s group rejoined the leaders setting up for a small group sprit. With a group of 20 riders in contention Manly prepared herself for the sprint. A hectic finish saw Amalie Dideriksen of Denmark defend her title, with Sofia Bertizzolo (ITA) claiming silver and Agnieszka Skalniak (POL) bronze. Stewart came home 20 seconds behind the winner, part of the first chase group to finish 35th. ?I had no legs on the final climb, which I expected. [I?m] really happy with how the team went,? she said. Hull finished 52nd in her debut world championships. The race capped off a successful season for Manly, who claimed world titles in the team and individual pursuit on the track in Korea in August. ?I?m happy, it has been a good year.? For Stewart, her year involved claiming the omnium and team pursuit world titles in Korea as well as the time trial on Monday. ?It has been an unbelievable year for me. I definitely surprised myself. Hard work pays off,? said Stewart. Prior to the world championships, the team spent time in Belgium racing kermesses and the Lotto Belisol Belgium Tour. ?Our time in Belgium was unreal. I learnt so much and how to ride in a big peloton,? said Stewart. ?Without it I wouldn?t have been able to be at the front today. ?Bike skills come with experience and I am really motivated for next season.? Coach?Donna Rae-Szalinski?was happy with how the race panned out and the performances of the team. ?We discussed a number of plans and how it went was one of them. The girls gave everything they had out there. ?They walk away having learnt a lot,? said Rae-Szalinski. ?That is what this program is all about.? The Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) has been a long term supporter of Cycling Australia?s junior cycling programs. Images copyright Ponferrada 2014

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