Friday, 9 May 2014

British rider Matthew Gibson have won the morning individual time trial in the Course de la Paix Juniors 2014. William Barta from United States was second loosing 12" to Gibson. Current World Champion Igor Decraene finished third, 16" back. Gibson is now the new leader of the race. The best Czech rider was once again Adam Toupalik who finished 24th, +55".

Igor Decraene on the course (photo:

Matthew Gibson on his way for the win (photo:

Time trial podium (photo:

The afternoon 63km long stage around Roudnice nad Labem won Erlend Blikra. Young Norwegian won the bunch sprint ahead of Aleksandr Kulikovskiy from Russia and Corentin Ermenault from France. Race leader Matthew Gibson finished fourth and still leads the overall.

Afternoon stage podium (photo:Ottar Ackenhausen Renholt) 

Tomorrow the riders are going to fight on the decisive stage of the race. Juniors will face two difficult mountain premiums situated on the last fourty kilometers of the stage. The finish will be held in the German town of Zinwald. Stage beginning in Teplice will be the real test for Matthew Gibson, who unexpectedly defeated the current time trial world champion today. German rider Lennard Kamna, winner of the Queen stage of the Tour of Istria, is close in GC and he's my bet as the favorite for tomorrow. Let's see what will show talented Erlend Blikra, but the Croatian race showed that in the mountains his level is limited. After today's individual time trial we know hat weakness Paret Peintre has. Among Frenchmen Valentin Madouas can be dangerous tommorow.

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