Junior racing - The stars of the future

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There were 2 important junior races this weekend.

First of all Le Trophée Centre Morbihan (2.Ncup)
First year junior Blikra won stage 1 in the sprint, he also won stage 2 the ITT with a pretty big margin (19 seconds in 7.2 km), which was the decisive stage for the Final GC.
The final stage was won by Fillippo Rocchetti.

Final GC
1. Erlend Blikra (Nor)
2. Nicolay Cherkasov (Rus)
3. Niklas Larsen (Den)


(Picture of stage 1, won easely by Erlend Blikra)

The other important junior race this weekend was the Internationale Junioren Driedaagse van Axel (2.1) (although not as international as Le Trophée Centre Morbihan)
The overall of the race was won by Dutch speedskater Peter Lenderink who was in the first group in stage 1 (won by Dennis Delmote) and finished 2nd in stage 2 the short ITT (won by Senne Leysen). Stage 3 ment a 3rd Belgium stage victory as Thimo Willems won solo. The 4th and final stage was won by another Belgium rider Wouter Persoon.

Final GC
1. Peter Lenderink (Ned)
2. Jan Tschernoster (Ger)
3. Bram Welten (Ned)


(Lets hope Peter Lenderink is a good boy and decides to put his focus on cycling instead of speed skating)
 
Adrien Costa finally came to Europe to show his class and in first serious race he lead American team to total domination in Tour de Pays du Vaud. He won two stages (queen stage and the time trial, both with decent margin) and the overall of course.

Would love to see him against big guys like Blikra, Klaris or Bouhanni.
 
Wallenquist said:
Adrien Costa finally came to Europe to show his class and in first serious race he lead American team to total domination in Tour de Pays du Vaud. He won two stages (queen stage and the time trial, both with decent margin) and the overall of course.

Would love to see him against big guys like Blikra, Klaris or Bouhanni.
Think in climbing he is far above them, but well they dont climb that much in the junior level. But I think Blikra and Bouhanni can both survive the hills on their power not on climbing ability. Klaris might be build a bit more as a real climber, although he also won PR :p.
 
Ruudz0r said:
Think in climbing he is far above them, but well they dont climb that much in the junior level. But I think Blikra and Bouhanni can both survive the hills on their power not on climbing ability. Klaris might be build a bit more as a real climber, although he also won PR :p.
If we are talking abut climbers then i think it would be Paret Peintre and Kamna for now as the best ones. But as you said, there arent many mountanious races for juniors. Basilicata nad Lunigiana might be good chance for Costa to show his climbing skills but i'm afraid the Americans won't go there.
 
Vino attacks everyone said:
yes, please let cycling take all the NED speed skating talents. It is getting annoying now how they win everything.
Choosing between cycling and speed skating, should be so easy. Either stupid circles every 30 seconds or riding wherever the asphalt leads you :)
 
Some time ago I heard of a guy named Oskar Svedsson (or something like that) who has a VO2 max of 97,5 ml/kg. Yeah, it doesn't necessarily he will be an alien who's going to be able to climb the angliru at 1000 watts, but damn, his engine looks pretty fantastic.
 
lenric said:
Some time ago I heard of a guy named Oskar Svedsson (or something like that) who has a VO2 max of 97,5 ml/kg. Yeah, it doesn't necessarily he will be an alien who's going to be able to climb the angliru at 1000 watts, but damn, his engine looks pretty fantastic.
That would be Oskar Svendsen who won the TT in the Junior Worlds in 2012. Only one or two Cross Country skiers in Norway has had anything similar measured so he should have great potential. He has had a poor season so far however, and is probably too old for this thread now at 20;)
 
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Eddie Dunbar out of Ireland, currently ripping up the domestic scene and had a couple of good results on the continent.
 
swuzzlebubble said:
That is a shame, I heared about Shaw quitting, but didnt know about Edwards. They were both very talented, (lthough Edwards was very physically mature).

It remind me of Dale Parker quitting a few years back, that guy was so incredibly talented, I was really sad when he quit :p, his individual pursuit world record (u19, 3km) is so insanely fast. And he even was 2 steps further then Edwards and Shaw, he could have signed with Radioshack, but he was also depressed by the bike.
 
Kämna shows who's the ITT boss:

1. 22 GER 19960909 KÄMNA, Lennard Deutschland GER .11'09" 580
2. 154 USA 19960104 BARTA, William USA USA .11'16" 860 7"
3. 105 RUS 19970711 SIVAKOV, Pavel Russland RUS .11'32" 080 23"
4. 123 SLO 19960310 KUMAR, Kristjan Slowenien SLO .11'34" 840 25"
5. 71 AUT 19961002 BRKIC, Benjamin Österreich AUT .11'36" 460 27"
6. 102 RUS 19960423 VLASOV, Alexander Russland RUS .11'36" 650 27"
7. 161 IRL 19960901 DUNBAR, Edward Irland IRL .11'37" 470 28"
8. 15 BEL 19960604 WARLOP, Jordi Belgien BEL .11'39" 340 30"
9. 26 GER 19970709 HALLER, Patrick Deutschland GER .11'40" 650 31"
10. 104 RUS 19961207 KURIANOV, Stepan Russland RUS .11'41" 530 32"
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12. 151 USA 19970819 COSTA, Adrien USA USA .11'41" 890 32"
 
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Bye Bye Bicycle said:
Kämna shows who's the ITT boss:

1. 22 GER 19960909 KÄMNA, Lennard Deutschland GER .11'09" 580
2. 154 USA 19960104 BARTA, William USA USA .11'16" 860 7"
3. 105 RUS 19970711 SIVAKOV, Pavel Russland RUS .11'32" 080 23"
4. 123 SLO 19960310 KUMAR, Kristjan Slowenien SLO .11'34" 840 25"
5. 71 AUT 19961002 BRKIC, Benjamin Österreich AUT .11'36" 460 27"
6. 102 RUS 19960423 VLASOV, Alexander Russland RUS .11'36" 650 27"
7. 161 IRL 19960901 DUNBAR, Edward Irland IRL .11'37" 470 28"
8. 15 BEL 19960604 WARLOP, Jordi Belgien BEL .11'39" 340 30"
9. 26 GER 19970709 HALLER, Patrick Deutschland GER .11'40" 650 31"
10. 104 RUS 19961207 KURIANOV, Stepan Russland RUS .11'41" 530 32"
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12. 151 USA 19970819 COSTA, Adrien USA USA .11'41" 890 32"
Ireland's Dunbar rides without a TT bike finishes seventh in the ITT and moved to second overall.
 
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Eddie Dunbar finishes 2nd in the overall, the man is savage, and he beats whoever this Kamna boss is......
 
Inquitus said:
Eddie Dunbar finishes 2nd in the overall, the man is savage, and he beats whoever this Kamna boss is......
Germans and their TT-skills. Just can't beat them. Ullrich, Grabsch, Martin, ... "Panzerwagen" (german word for tank) describes it pretty darn well. :cool:
 
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Eddie Dunbar completes the Junior Tour of Ireland and Junior Tour of Wales double, winning by nearly 5 minutes after riding away from everyone on the 2 major climbs of the Tour. With a strong Irish team behind him he is definitely one to watch at the Junior Worlds next month, and indeed one to watch in the coming years, rumour has it JLT Rapha Condor and An Post are among the teams looking for his signature.
 
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Its so different...

Having been there, predicting a junior based on their pre-junior performance is so difficult.
As a junior they likely race a 52X14 max and before that maybe a 52X16. Big difference from spinning to power.

As a junior they tend to race more hills where in many countries the pre juniors race mostly flats.

Race distance and time goes up. Still not where men race. But its not just about fast. It is about long - then fast.

As a junior they have UCI requirements.

I think Adrian Costa will surprise many especially as racing becomes more like what we see the pro tour riders do.
 
Inquitus said:
Eddie Dunbar completes the Junior Tour of Ireland and Junior Tour of Wales double, winning by nearly 5 minutes after riding away from everyone on the 2 major climbs of the Tour. With a strong Irish team behind him he is definitely one to watch at the Junior Worlds next month, and indeed one to watch in the coming years, rumour has it JLT Rapha Condor and An Post are among the teams looking for his signature.
A freak for his age. Best junior in Ireland by a stupid distance, and seems to be considerably better than any of the British kids too. Of course, if it's hard to predict how good an espoir will end up as an adult, it's nearly impossible to tell with a junior.
 

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