World championships: Junior rider Lecuisinier grabs France’s second road race gold
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

World championships: Junior rider Lecuisinier grabs France’s second road race gold

by Shane Stokes at 6:20 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, World Championships
Break beats bunch to the line, other medals go to Belgium and Netherlands

Pierre Henri LecuisinierUnleashing a sprint which effectively destroyed his rivals, Pierre Henri Lecuisinier ensured France’s second gold medal in 24 hours when he won the junior world road race championships this morning.

The eighteen year old was one of six riders who went clear on the penultimate lap, with his team-mate Guillaume Martin (France), Martijn Degreve and Rob Leemans (Belgium), Steven Lammertink and Ivar Slik (Netherlands) also there. They worked well together to open a solid lead, and while Slik was dropped on the final lap, the others then fought it out for the win.

Leemans attacked just outside a kilometre to go and looked to be on his way to a rainbow jersey, but faded on the drag up to the finish line. Martin chased to keep the gap as small as possible, then Lammertink passed Leemans with approximately 200 metres to go. This prompted the Belgian’s team-mate Degreve to play his own card, but Lecuisinier was biding his time and pulled well ahead when he hit the jets.

He crossed the line well clear of Degreve and Lammertink, roaring with delight and punching the air, while behind the bunch overhauled Leemans and Martin and fought it out for the minor placings. Florian Senechal (France) led the chasers in three seconds later, edging out Erik Zabel’s son Rick (Germany), Roman Ivlev (Russia), the Norwegian Daniel Hoelgaard and Nicolas Marini (Italy).

Lecuisinier’s win from a break proves that the relatively flat circuit in Copenhagen doesn’t always ensure a bunch sprint. “It is a very good day..I am so happy. I would say thanks to all the French team,” he beamed before the jersey presentation.

“It is a very good job today for the French team…with the under 23 win yesterday, it is good for French cycling.”

He played things perfectly in the finale, keeping cool when Leemans attacked. “I knew I was fast in the sprint so I waited for it,” he said.

Early break precedes decisive move:

A very fast opening lap of over 46 kilometres per hour saw the formation of a thirteen man breakaway group. Four of the French team were present, namely Pierre-Roger Latour, Alexis Gougeard, Pierre Henri Lecuisinier and Romain Faussurier, the Danes Rasmus Lund and Emil Vinjebo, Daan Myngheer (Belgium), Alberto Bettiol (Italy), Matthew Holmes (Great Britain), Oskar Nisu (Estonia), Tobais Derler (Austria), Tormond Jacobsen (Norway) and Juriy Vasyliv (Germany).

These had a 36 second lead over the peloton at the end of that 14 kilometre circuit, but one lap later just two of those remained out front; Gougeard and Myngheer. Holding a 24 second advantage at that point, the gap there remained below a minute for the next four laps.

Going over the start line for the seventh time, change was starting to happen. The duo had been joined by seven others, namely Calvin Watson (Australia), Jon Dibben (Great Britain), Jacobsen (Norway), Daniel Hoelgaard (Norway), Matej Mohoric (Slovenia), Adrien Legros (France) and Richard Dijkshoorn (Netherlands). However the peloton was just four seconds back, and things regrouped after this point.

That lull was very short lived, with the day’s winning move going very soon after this. Pierre Henri Lecuisinier, his French team-mate Guillaume Martin (France), Martijn Degreve and Rob Leemans (Belgium), Steven Lammertink and Ivar Slik (Netherlands) all joined forces to open a 21 second lead by the bell.

The peloton chased hard but those out front were combining well, aided by the fact that the French, Belgian and Netherlands riders had two each there. The bunch’s momentum was affected slightly by a crash which claimed over ten riders and left Dylan Groenewegen lying prone on the ground.

The Italian team drove the chase along while ahead things were stretching out in the break. The French riders pushed the pace on one of the short drags on the circuit, putting Leeman and Slik out the back. The former was able to rejoin, but the Dutch rider never managed to get back to the other five.

Final kilometres sees break beat bunch:

Behind, the Australian team was trying to get organised but the peloton was clearly not working as hard as the break. The Italians then came to the front to add some impetus. With 6.5 kilometres left, the gap was still 24 seconds and, realising the race was slipping away, the British riders also added some oomph to the pursuit and helped bring the gap down to 13 seconds with two and a half kilometres left.

Pierre Hendri LecuisinierLeemans wasn’t planning on waiting around and kicked clear with one and a half kilometres remaining. He had a two second lead going into the final kilometre and was looking good, but on the long drag up to the finish line he began to fade.

Martin chased for his team-mate, helping to keep Leemans close, and then with 200 metres left Lammertink played his card and opened his sprint. He closed up on Leemans, prompting Degreve to kick hard and try to win it for Belgium, but Lecuisinier was well in control. As the Belgian accelerated, he also increased his speed and then kicked hard, moving decisively clear.

He thundered home, yelling with delight as he scooped gold, while Degreve and Lammertink took silver and bronze. The other two riders were gobbled up by the bunch inside the final metres, and fourth and fifth went to Florian Senechal (France) and Rick Zabel (Germany).

The result saw France take its second consecutive gold medal, showing that the future is looking to be a bright one for the country.


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World road race championships, Junior Road Race Results: Copenhagen (126km)

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Country Result Name Team Time
fra FRA 1 Pierre-henri Lecuisinier () 02:48:58
bel BEL 2 Martijn Degreve () s.t.
ned NED 3 Steven Lammertink () s.t.
fra FRA 4 Florian Senechal () 00:00:03
ger GER 5 Rick Zabel () s.t.
rus RUS 6 Roman Ivlev () s.t.
nor NOR 7 Daniel Hoelgaard () s.t.
ita ITA 8 Nicolas Marini () s.t.
ned NED 9 Stan Godrie () s.t.
den DEN 10 Frederik Plesner () s.t.
den DEN 11 Sören Kragh Andersen () s.t.
nor NOR 12 Sondre Enger () s.t.
ita ITA 13 Niccolo Bonifazio () s.t.
slo SLO 14 Martin Otonicar () s.t.
bel BEL 15 Kevin Deltombe () s.t.
aus AUS 16 Calvin Watson () s.t.
fra FRA 17 Adrien Legros () s.t.
rus RUS 18 Aleksander Mezhechev () s.t.
est EST 19 Aksel Nömmela () s.t.
slo SLO 20 Luka Pibernik () s.t.
slo SLO 21 Doron Hekic () s.t.
ned NED 22 Richard Dijkshoorn () s.t.
rsa RSA 23 Jayde Julius () s.t.
gbr GBR 24 Owain Doull () s.t.
ger GER 25 Jan Dieteren () s.t.
bel BEL 26 Boris Vallee () s.t.
swe SWE 27 Emil Andersson () s.t.
isr ISR 28 Gabay Guy () s.t.
irl IRL 29 Jack Wilson () s.t.
kaz KAZ 30 Roman Semyonov () s.t.
esp ESP 31 Joaquin Torres () s.t.
ned NED 32 Maarten Van Trijp () s.t.
kaz KAZ 33 Vitaliy Marukhin () s.t.
gbr GBR 34 Jonathan Dibben () s.t.
sui SUI 35 Théry Schir () s.t.
aut AUT 36 Daniel Paulus () s.t.
isr ISR 37 Ben Einhern () s.t.
cze CZE 38 Michal Vakoc () s.t.
bel BEL 39 Rob Leemans () s.t.
ROU 40 Cristian Raileanu () s.t.
nzl NZL 41 Dion Smith () s.t.
rus RUS 42 Vadim Zhuravlev () s.t.
bel BEL 43 Daan Myngheer () s.t.
fra FRA 44 Olivier Le Gac () s.t.
ukr UKR 45 Volodymyr Dzhus () s.t.
lux LUX 46 Antoine Mores () s.t.
cze CZE 47 Tomas Zechmeister () s.t.
den DEN 48 Magnus Cort Nielsen () s.t.
lat LAT 49 Sandis Eislers () s.t.
est EST 50 Mihkel Räim () s.t.
por POR 51 António Barbio () s.t.
MEX 52 Jose Ramon Aguirre () s.t.
sui SUI 53 Lukas Spengler () s.t.
jpn JPN 54 Hiroki Nishimura () s.t.
lat LAT 55 Krists Neilands () s.t.
usa USA 56 Alexey Vermeulen () s.t.
ger GER 57 Yuriy Vasyliv () s.t.
nor NOR 58 Tormad Jacobsen () s.t.
ukr UKR 59 Sviatoslav Lupitskyi () s.t.
usa USA 60 Paul Lynch () s.t.
GRE 61 Nikolaos Ioannidis () s.t.
ned NED 62 Ivar Slik () s.t.
ger GER 63 Silvio Herklotz () s.t.
por POR 64 João Leal () s.t.
can CAN 65 Adam De Vos () s.t.
rus RUS 66 Aleksey Rybalkin () s.t.
den DEN 67 Emil Vintebo () s.t.
fra FRA 68 Romain Faussurier () s.t.
lux LUX 69 Christophe Braun () s.t.
MEX 70 Sergio Escutia () s.t.
ukr UKR 71 Marien Zmorka () s.t.
gbr GBR 72 Alistair Slater () s.t.
aus AUS 73 David Edwards () s.t.
hun HUN 74 Máté Radonics () s.t.
fra FRA 75 Pierre Roger Latour () s.t.
aut AUT 76 Tobias Derler () 00:00:13
ltu LTU 77 Paulius Siskevicius () s.t.
aus AUS 78 Bradley Linfield () s.t.
SRB 79 Miloš Borisavljevic () s.t.
fra FRA 80 Guillaume Martin () s.t.
hun HUN 81 Abel Kenyeres () s.t.
slo SLO 82 Marko Pavlic () s.t.
aut AUT 83 Dennis Paulus () 00:00:17
pol POL 84 Arkadiusz Owsian () s.t.
cro CRO 85 Josip Rumac () s.t.
cro CRO 86 Bruno Maltar () s.t.
slo SLO 87 Matej Mohoric () s.t.
usa USA 88 Mathew Lipscomb () s.t.
ISR 89 Roy Goldstein () 00:00:21
swe SWE 90 Markus Faglum-karlsson () s.t.
fin FIN 91 Aku Silvenius () 00:00:24
gbr GBR 92 Matthew Holmes () s.t.
tun TUN 93 Mohamed Mahmoudi () 00:00:26
gbr GBR 94 Ryan Mullen () s.t.
nzl NZL 95 Fraser Gough () s.t.
lux LUX 96 Michel Hubsch () 00:00:29
jpn JPN 97 Naoya Uchino () s.t.
aus AUS 98 Alexander Edmonson () 00:00:37
ita ITA 99 Simone Andreetta () 00:00:39
ita ITA 100 Davide Martinelli () s.t.
aus AUS 101 Nick Schultz () 00:00:50
pol POL 102 Pawel Samol () 00:00:57
den DEN 103 Alexandre Egsted Kamp () 00:01:02
kaz KAZ 104 Tilegen Maidos () 00:01:09
esp ESP 105 Miguel Benito Diez () 00:01:10
fra FRA 106 Alexis Gougeard () 00:01:18
col COL 107 Isaac Yaguaro () 00:01:27
swe SWE 108 Ludwig Halleröd () 00:01:43
usa USA 109 Alex Darville () 00:02:11
svk SVK 110 Mario Daško () 00:02:34
KOR 111 Sang-hoon Park () 00:02:42
IRI 112 Amir Kolahdozhagh () 00:03:12
lux LUX 113 Gilles Heymes () s.t.
est EST 114 Oskar Nisu () 00:03:28
fin FIN 115 Olli Teivaala () s.t.
col COL 116 William Munoz () s.t.
lux LUX 117 Tom Schwarmes () 00:03:32
arg ARG 118 Julian Barrientos () 00:04:21
svk SVK 119 Lubos Malovec () s.t.
esp ESP 120 José Francisco Medina Abril () 00:04:23
hun HUN 121 Bálint Varró () 00:04:26
gbr GBR 122 Samuel Lowe () 00:04:48
svk SVK 123 Erik Baska () s.t.
sui SUI 124 Tom Bohli () 00:04:59
bel BEL 125 Amaury Capiot () 00:05:10
sui SUI 126 Stefan Küng () 00:08:31
MEX 127 Fabrizio Von Nacher Suess () s.t.
SRB 128 Djordje Stevanovic () s.t.
CHI 129 Chung Yan Wong () s.t.
nzl NZL 130 Hayden Mccormick () 00:08:38
arg ARG 131 Juan Ignacio Curuchet () s.t.
nzl NZL 132 James Oram () s.t.
den DEN 133 Rasmus Hestbek Lund () 00:09:00
ger GER 134 Benjamin Dietrich () 00:09:12
cze CZE 135 Daniel Turek () s.t.
cze CZE 136 Ondrej Tkadlec () s.t.
uzb UZB 137 Timur Yambulatov () 00:10:08
usa USA 138 Kristopher Jorgenson () 00:10:14
ita ITA 139 Alberto Bettiol () 00:11:43
aus AUS 140 Jackson Law () s.t.
jpn JPN 141 Ohko Shimizu () 00:13:01
TUR 142 Ahmet Orken () 00:13:35
usa USA 143 Colby Wait-molineux () 00:15:40
can CAN 144 Yohan Patry () s.t.
can CAN 145 Ben Perry () s.t.
review 146 Olivier Le Court () 00:15:51
review DNF Aleksa Velickovic ()  
rus RUS DNF Aleksey Ryabkin ()  
can CAN DNF Alex Cataford ()  
gbr GBR DNF Alex Frame ()  
aut AUT DNF Daniel Biedermann ()  
ned NED DNF Dylan Groenewegen ()  
can CAN DNF Émile Jean ()  
arg ARG DNF Ezequiel Linaza ()  
por POR DNF Francisco Valinho ()  
por POR DNF Gonçalo Amado ()  
rus RUS DNF Ilar Arslanov ()  
GRL DNF Ioannis Spanopoulos ()  
MKD DNF Kostadin Petrov ()  
nor NOR DNF Kristoffer Skjerping ()  
por POR DNF Luis Gomes ()  
MNG DNF Maral-erdene Batmunkh ()  
ita ITA DNF Matteo Cigala ()  
IRI DNF Mohammadreza Eimanigoloujeh ()  
ger GER DNF Pascal Ackermann ()  
pol POL DNF Patryk Komisarek ()  
lat LAT DNF Peteris Janevics ()  
por POR DNF Ricardo Teixeira ()  
fin FIN DNF Roope Nurmi ()  
THA DNF Satjakul Sianylam ()  

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