A well-deserved gold medal for Belgium in this morning’s Junior Men’s individual time trials. The European vice-champion Igor Decreane stopped the clock at at 26’56”83, racing at an average of 48,5 km/h. Second place for the 2012 European champion Danish Mathias Krigbaum (DEN), at 8’’66 from the winner. Zeke Mostov (USA) finished third at 20”97.
Decraene was in the lead for the whole race. At the first intermediate time check, he beat Krigbaum by 3’’ and Mostov by 7’’, leaving Gibson of Britain fourth (+8’’). At the second intermediate, Decreane and Krigbaum were separated by a mere 5’’, 15’’ faster than Mostov and at 17’’ from Mostov.
Decreane accelerated in the last kilometres, thumping Krigbaum by 3’’ and earning the rainbow jersey.
Decreane, Krigbaum and Mostov received their medals from Peder Pedersen, member of the UCI Committee and Leonardo Sorelli, Council Member of the Organising Committee.
Igor Decraene: “The course was really fast, I like this kind of flat tracks. I really think that I couldn’t’ve raced any faster. I knew Krigbaum was very fast on these kinds of races, I thought he was the one to beat. I’m good in time trials, I’m also a good climber but in the future I’ll focus mainly on races against the clock”.
Mathias Krigbaum: “I’m disappointed. I wanted to win, but Decraene was faster than me”.
Zeke Mostov: “The podium came as a bit of a surprise, although I was hoping for top ten. Being third best in the world is a great satisfaction. I was in the lead for a long time, I knew that the best were still to come but it was still a good experience”.