Aguascalientes, Mexico (August 13, 2007) – Competition wrapped up at the 2007 UCI Junior Road and Track World Championships
Lauren Shirock and Sinead Miller pose just before the start/photo US Cycling
In the women’s race, 48 of the world’s best lined up to contend for the title of world champion. In similar fashion, all was quiet in the five-lap contest until the fourth lap on the identical circuit. Then, a group of seven riders, including a pair of Italians and Australians, were able to break away. Recognizing the strength of the riders off the front, the main group immediately responded but the Italian team was prepared to defend the break.
“I really tried to close the gap going into the last lap, but the Italians were doing a great job of protecting their teammates. With no help from the pack, I knew it wasn't going to come down to a field sprint,” said the U.S.' top finisher Shirock.
On the last lap, the leaders, including three-time world champion Josephine Tomic (AUS) and last year’s bronze medalist Eleonora Patuzzo of Italy, continued to grow their lead. In the end another strong performance from the Italian squad yielded first- and third-place finishes with Patuzzo claiming this year’s rainbow jersey. Cherise Taylor of South Africa sprinted to the silver while Valentina Scandolara gave Italy its fifth medal of the day with a third-place effort.
Shirock was able to maintain her position near the front and crossed the line in 20th, 1:23 back from the winner. In her first international road race, Sinead Miller (Pittsburgh, Pa./UMPC) fought her way to a 39th-place finish for Team USA.
This year’s UCI Junior Road World Championships a bronze medal in the women’s time trial and five top-20 finishes in the road race.
2007 UCI Junior Road World Championships
August 12, 2007
Women’s Road Race
1. Elenora Patuzzo (ITA) 2:17.40
2. Cherise Taylor (RSA) s.t
3. Valentina Scandolara (ITA) s.t.
20. Lauren Shirock (Emmaus, Pa.) +1:23
39. Sinead Miller (Pittsburgh, Pa.) +10:00
*Complete Results available at www.usacycling.org
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photos Janos Schmidt