Fort William, Scotland (September 5, 2007)—
In the U23 contest, Caitlyn Tuel
(Boulder, Colo./Trek-VW) was the top American finisher in 24th place while compatriot Chloe Forsman
(Boulder, Colo./Luna) finished 25th. For the second consecutive year, the event was dominated by a pair of Chinese riders as Ying Liu captured the world title ahead of teammate Ren Chengyuan.
On the first of four laps that comprised the 34-kilometer race, the American duo fell off the pace of all but roughly a half dozen of the 31 starters. Unable to make up ground on the slick, rain-soaked course, Tuel and Forsman settled into a pace that left them 20+ minutes behind the leader throughout most of the day.
Liu, last year’s silver medalist, clocked a winning time of 1 hour, 45 minutes and 43 seconds to best defending champion and countrywoman Chengyuan by 3:31. Although young enough to compete in the U23 division, both Chengyuan and Liu are two of the world’s top riders regardless of age when compared to their elite counterparts. Chengyuan is currently ranked third in the world and Liu fifth.
On Wednesday, Tuel finished 22:48 back from Liu, while Forsman came in 25:18 down.
Austria’s Elisabeth Osl finished 5:20 off the pace to win the U23 bronze medal.
In the junior women’s contest, Stephanie White (Bedford, N.H./Velo Bella) led the American team as the highest-placed rider in 23rd place. The reigning USA Cycling National Champion in the junior expert category, White finished 20:57 off the pace of winner Alla Boyko of the Ukraine in the 26-kilometer race. White’s U.S. teammate, Amy Cox (Scottsdale, Ariz./Strada), finished 26th, 28:21 behind Boyko.
Averaging a winning speed of 18.05 k.p.h., Boyko clocked a winning time of 1:25:14 to best the 26-rider field. White turned in a finishing time of 1:46:11 and Cox stopped the clock at 1:53:36.
Jitka Skarnitzlova (CZE) and Julie Bresset (FRA) completed the junior women’s podium in second and third place respectively.
Gravity athletes will also compete as the qualifying rounds of the 4-cross will feature defending world champion Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash./GT), Melissa Buhl (Chandler, Ariz./KHS), Jessica Vogt (Boulder, Colo./Dianese-Gamut-Fox), and Neven Steinmetz (Boulder, Colo./TM-Totally Wired) for the women.
2007 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships
Fort William, Scotland
Day Two Results:
Junior Women’s Cross Country
1. Alla Boyko (UKR) 1:25:14
2. Jitka Skarnitzlova (CZE) +0:28
3. Julie Bresset (FRA) +1:35
23. Stephanie White (Bedford, N.H.) +20:57
26. Amy Cox (Scottsdale, Ariz.) +28:21
U23 Women’s Cross Country
1. Ying Liu (CHN) 1:45:43
2. Ren Chengyuan (CHN) +3:31
3. Elisabeth Osl (AUT) +5:20
24. Caitlyn Tuel (Boulder, Colo.) +22:48
25. Chloe Forsman (Boulder, Colo.) +25:18
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