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by Shane Stokes
September 19, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Bjerg beats McNulty to win under 23 world TT title; Pirrone wins junior world championship time trial; Wiasak and Cavanagh take Amy’s Otway Tour success; Giro d’Italia confirms 2018 start in Israel; Van Vleuten extends contract with Orica-Scott; Van Baarle joins Team Sky; Contador’s Polartec-Kometa Continental team names first eight riders; Elinor Barker Returns to Wiggle High 5; Obree to sell medals, Beastie bike and other memorabilia at auction this week; Rooderkerken grabs the Human Powered Speed Title and Dutch record in Battle Mountain, Slappendel places second; Video: Hotter’n Hell Hundred 2017 Mini-Doc; Video: Cycling around the world in 80 days – BBC News; Video: Worst Retirement Ever Short – Pepperdine Hill KOM, with data
Elena Pirrone and Alessia Vigilia took gold and silver in the junior women’s time trial at the world championships in Bergen, Norway on Monday, securing a superb one-two for Italy. European TT champion Pironne took 23 minutes 10.72 seconds to cover the 16.1 kilometre course, beating Vigilia by 6.38 seconds and Australia’s Madeleine Fasnacht by 42.32.
Vigilia was first off and led the contest all day, but was pipped by Pirrone, the last starter. “I didn’t expect to win the European Championships, but today I came here feeling very motivated and the course was perfect for me,” the latter said. “I gave it my all but it’s true I do better on climbs, too, so having to race on power would have been harder for me.”
“The first part was the most important, the key to the victory. I knew I had to go very fast until the climbs began and I was lucky to start so late, too.”
Although her ride was took place on wet roads, that didn’t hold her back and she was able to take gold. Vigilia was disappointed not to win, but said that she was pleased for her compatriot. “I’m not so strong on the cobbles, I maybe lost it there on that part of the course,” she stated. “But I’m really pleased it was Elena who won, we both race for the same team back home.”
Fellow Italian Letizia Paternoster had looked very good early on, setting the fastest time at the first checkpoint, but ran into problems with her radio system later and faded to ninth. Another tipped rider, Denmark’s Emma Cecilie Norsgaard, also had disappointment. Her bike was rejected in the pre-race UCI checks and she needed to use a replacement. She finished a distant 16th.