01.29.11 - FRENCH TAKES OVER
PODIUM IN JUNIOR RACE AT CYCLO-CROSS WORLDS
Canadian Yohan Patry top Canadian with 35th
(January 29, 2011 – St. Wendel, GER) The 2011
UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships kicked off on Saturday
in St. Wendel, Germany, with the presentation of the
Men’s junior and U23 races. The French riders
took over the podium in the junior race, winning all
three medals, while the Dutch riders dominated the U23
race, taking the first two spots in the U23 race.
Canadian Yohan Patry of St-Jéromoe, QC was Canada’s
top cyclist to cross the finish line, finishing his
rookie World championships appearance in 35th position.
Yohan was 4 minutes 22 seconds behind the winner and
new World Champion.
« I started the race at the back of the group,
and rode conservatively. I was also very lucky not to
be involved in any crash,” admitted Patry after
the race. “ I am very satisfied with my race,
and hope to come back at the Worlds next year.”
French cyclist Clément Venturini won the World
Championships title in the junior category, crossing
the line with a time of 44 minutes 31 seconds. He was
followed by his countrymen and twin brothers Fabien
Doubay and Loic Doubay, who both crossed the line with
the same time, 15 seconds behind Venturini.
Karl Hoppner of Carp, Ontario, was 41st. Canadian Champion
Benjamin Perry of St. Catharines, Ontario, who suffered
from two mechanical issues with his chain during the
race, finished in 54th place.
In the U23 race, no Canadian took to the start. Dutch
rider Lars Van Der Haar won the World Championships
title stopping the clock at 52 minutes 01 seconds in
an exciting sprint finish.
Van Der Haar was followed closely to the finish line
by teammate Mike Teunissen and by Karel Hnik of the
Czech Republic, who both crossed the finish line with
the same time, one second behind the winner.
The 2011 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships continues
tomorrow with the presentation of the two featured Elite
races for both men’s (11am local time) and women’s
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