Tasmania?s Campbell Flakemore Wins Second Aussie Gold In Spain

2014 UCI Road World Championships - Campbell Flakemore

2014 UCI Road World Championships – Campbell Flakemore (image copyright Bart Hazen)

Tasmanian Campbell Flakemore secured Australia?s second gold medal of the 2014 UCI Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, with a nailbiting victory in the in the under 23 time trial early Tuesday morning Australian time. Flakemore staged a dramatic comeback over the final stages of the event to edge Ryan Mullen (IRL) by less than half a second over the 36km course to take the gold. It was Australia?s fourth gold medal in the event over past six years, with Flakemore joining Jack Bobridge (2009), Luke Durbridge (2011) and Damian Howson (2013) on the under 23 time trial honour roll. ?This is fantastic, I am just super happy, this is a great start for the championships for Australia,? said Flakemore, 22, who took the win just hours after fellow-Tasmanian Macey Stewart won the under 19 women?s event . ?It is pretty special to be able to do this, particularly after Macey?s win. ?It is pretty cool for two Tasmanians too to claim the first golds on the same day.? As seen in the earlier under 19 women?s event, the wet conditions greeted the 63 riders for the 36.15 km Under 23 men?s individual time trial event. Rafael Ferreira Reis (POR) set the early benchmark of 44mins 9.26secs, with the difficult conditions making it tough for riders to eclipse the time. Mullen, who was the ninth last to start, reached the first intermediate check (12.2km) in 13mins 42.47secs to post the fastest time, 20 seconds ahead of Flakemore at the same point. At the second time check (23.2km), Flakemore was still 21 seconds in arrears of the Irishman, however a fast finish saw him post a time of 43mins 49.94secs which moved him into the hot seat as the fastest by less than half a second. ?I was 20 seconds down at both the checks, but I kept a lot in the tank for the last climb,? he said. ?It was super wet out there, so I took all the roundabouts cautiously, and the last downhill with caution, but it was the same for everyone.? It was a nervous wait for Flakemore after this as he had to wait for the final rider Stefan Keung (SUI) to complete the course. However the Swiss rider couldn?t steal the win from the Australian with Flakemore taking gold ahead of Mullen, while Keung grabbed the bronze. Flakemore?s victory comes nearly a month to the day after he claimed the opening prologue at the Tour de l’Avenir, and a week after finding the podium at the Chrono Champenois – the event he won in 2013. ?This was my goal, what I wanted, I thought I could achieve I knew it would be close,? he said.? ?I knew if had a good ride I would definitely be there. ?But I didn?t know what to expect coming in here, as there haven?t been any time trials in Europe this year, so I was unaware of my form. ?But I did well at the Tour d?lAvenir in the end of August, so I knew it was a case of having to hold conditions for another couple of weeks.? Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy Coach James Victor was proud to see the hard-working Flakemore come away with the win. ?We have been here for a week since Chrono Champenois, and the weather forecast was predictable, we knew it would rain and Campbell has been training in that and was ready for that,? said Victor. ?He put a lot of hard work in to get to this point.? Had a good focus right through the squad, particularly in the second half of the season, and his result at Chrono Champenois gave us the confidence this year that he would at least get on the podium. ?He has has proven that he is more than capable of standing of top and thoroughly deserves this today. ?And as his fourth (final) year in the under 23 category, I am certain this will seal something for him for his future.? 2014 UCI Road World Championships: U23 Men?s ITT Photo Gallery

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