As for: 12.01.2015


1. Lennard Kämna (Germany)

First place goes to the best time trialist in junior category in 2014. Kämna scored impressive triple this season by winning National, European and World title in time trial. Rainbow jersey was sure the highlight of the season but Kämna scored his first uci win already in April when he won the queen stage of Tour of Istria finishing second overall. Later, he added fourth place in Course de la Paix, third in Trofeo Karlsebrg (with time trial win) and finally overall win in Grand Prix Rüebliland, the most prestigious 2.1 race last season with a solo win on the opening stage. More then enough for first place. In 2015 Lennard Kämna will ride for Team Stölting and for sure we will see some top ten places in time trial in x.2 races.

2. Magnus Bak Klaris (Denmark)

No other rider have won two Uci Nations Cup events last year. After impressive solo win in Paris Roubaix young Dane added overall win in Course de la Paix, the most important stage race for juniors, after exciting battle with Rayane Bouhanni. In July Klaris scored another win in Gent-Menen after another impressive solo ride in the last twenty kilometers. Last but not least, Klaris have won final stage of Grand Prix Rüebliland before finishing fifth in Worlds road race. Only thing he missed was a medal in road race but for me two Nations Cup wins was more important for his palmares. In 2015 Magnus Bak Klaris will ride for SEG Racing, new development team with continental license.

3. Rayane Bouhanni (France)

Third place goes to the rider who was probably the most versatile from the whole top ten. Younger brother of Nacer  started season with second place overall in Course de la Paix defeated by Bak Klaris thanks to bonifications. It was the first race where he showed that he's not only a good sprinter but also climber (fourth in queen stage) and time trialist (third in time trial). After decent results in European Championships (ten place in both time trial and road race) the biggest win of the season came in Canada where Bouhanni won the opening stage and overall in Tour de l'Abitibi. Month later Frenchman showed his versatility in National Champs where he won gold in road race and silver in time trial. Finally in September Bouhanni finished third in general classification of Grand Prix Rüebliland. Next year Bouhanni will ride for Etixx - Quick Step's feeder team, AWT Greenway and I predict him to score some decent results in big u23 already as a first year espoir.

4. Edoardo Affini (Italy)

Italian classic specialist won nince races last season including three from uci calendar. Affini won two one day races in his country: Trofeo Buffoni and Trofeo San Rocco but the biggest win of the season young Italian scored in July when he won the title in road race during European Championships in Nyon. He came close to another medal in road race, this time during the Worlds but finished just outside the podium on fourth place. Next year Affini will ride for Team Colpack, one of the best Italian amateur team.

5. Erlend Blikra (Norway)

European Youth Olympic Festival 2013 winner in time trial is first of three riders born in 1997 in my ranking. His fifth place in my ranking came most because of his amazing ride in Le Trophée Centre Morbihan where he won first two stages and managed to control the hardest final stage (thanks to his teammates of course) to seal the overall win. But Blikra already showed sparks of talent in April where he finished fourth in general classification of Tour of istria before scoring stage win in Course de la Paix. Finally, Blikra won two medals during national championships: gold in time trial and silver in road race. 2015 will be second year for Blikra in junior and i expect him to be one of the strongest riders in peleton. He's fast and has ability of survive climbs so he can win almost every race in junior category especially if we consider that he's also a great time trialist especially in shorter courses.

6. Alexander Vlasov (Russia)

Russian rider took part in five stage races of uci calendar last season and finished in top ten overall classification in all of them. Impressive performance. The best result came from GP General Patton where Vlasov won overall classification thanks to his solo win on second stage. It was the only wins that Vlasov scored this season but his row of top ten places in stage races (9th in Course de la Paix, 7th in Trofeo Karlsebrg, 7th in Oberösterreich-Rundfahrt & 8th Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt) gave him sixth place in my ranking.

7. Adrien Costa (USA)

First rider born in 1997 on my ranking and one of the brightest talent in u19 category in last few years. Costa is build like a climber and his most impressive win in Europe came from mountainous Tour du Pays de Vaud where he won two stages both after solo rides and general classification. The second highlight of the season was silver medal in World Championships which proved that Costa is not a pure climber but also a very talented time trial rider. Before the Worlds he managed to score two other big wins in time trial: National Championships and Tour de l'Abitibi stage (in both events he defeated his teammate Will Barta). I consider Costa as the best climber in juniors and also one of the best time trialists. If he continue to develop he will become of the the brightest prospects in stage racing for upcoming years. In 2015 Costa will join California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized team so we can expect him to ride in US domestic scene but also as a part of National Team he will visit Europe and ride some important events.

8William Barta (USA)

Will Barta is the highest placed rider in my ranking who actually didn't win any stage race race or one day classic from uci calendar. But on the other hand American time trial specialist completed his final year in junior category is similar way to Vlasov: four stage races and four top tens with impressive amount of six second places in various races and terrains. He began his series in May finishing third in Course de la Paix (with second place in time trial). Next he scored another third place in Tour du Pays de Vaud this time as an addition he won a stage. In June he was sixth in Trofeo Karlsebrg and finally seventh in Tour de l'Abitibi. Next year Barta will ride for Axeon Cycling Team and with his ability in both time trialing and climbing he can follow the path of Tao Hart and score some decent results already in his first year as u23 rider.

9Pavel Sivakov (Russia)

Second Russian rider and second born in 1997 on my ranking. Sivakov rode few stage races at the beginning of the season but with some decent results in top ten but no wins at all. His biggest win of the season was overall classification of Ronde des Vallées in France after impressive winning ride on the first stage with his teammate Kurianov and second place in time trial on the other day. Sivakov also finished second in Grand Prix Rüebliland just behind Kamna and was also second during the time trial. You can find many riders that won a stage race last season and scored some decent place in other races but I took Sivakov to my ranking first because his stage win in Ronde des Vallées was one of the most impressive rides of the season but also because he scored second place in Swiss race Grand Prix Rüebliland which I count myself as the most important 2.1 race in 2014. Finally, Sivakov was first year junior so there is still a time to improve and dominate in 2015.

10. Enzo Wouters (Belgium)

Final place goes to the best sprinter in junior category. Enzo Wouters scored no less then 15 wins last season including six on uci calendar. I won't write about every single one of them but for sure the biggest one was National title in road race and final stage race of the season where Enzo just missed the overall win (was second) but managed to win two of three stages during Keizer der Juniores. Let's not forget that Wouters is not only a sprinter as he finished third in Paris Roubaix last year. In 2015 Wouters will ride for Lotto Soudal u23 and I'm sure he will win some races, not sure if he's ready to win on uci calendar already but who knows, for sure Belgians will have a great sprinter in few years.

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