The Kazakh Yevgeniy Fedorov (22), who abandoned at the beginning of the last lap, became the new world champion on the road between the hopes this Friday. No French driver on the podium.
With Bastien Tronchón, Paul Penhoët and especially Romain GrégoireRemarkably winner earlier this season of Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23 and a stage of the Tour de l’Avenir, the French hopefuls had big ambitions during the online World Cup race this Friday in Wollongong, Australia. But if the three mentioned riders were present in the group of cadors in the final, none could prevent Yevgeniy Fedorov from winning when he dominated a two-man sprint against the Czech Mathias Vacek.
The Kazakh had the good idea to sneak into a quartet at the start of the final lap that also included Mathis Le Berre, but the Frenchman, who had already started the day’s breakaway, was no longer strong enough to compete. Au sommet de l’ultimate passage sur la côte de Mount Pleasant, le juge de paix du circuit australien, Fedorov n’avait plus que Vacek dans sa roue et le groupe de chasse, pointé à une vingtaine de secondes, n’a jamais pu return. Tronchon tried to attack on top of the bump with Grégoire on his wheel, then the two riders raced towards Penhoët, but all these attempts proved fruitless.
Fedorov easily dominated Vacek, who was visibly exhausted in the last hectometers. The rider of the Astana-PremierTech team thus achieved the best victory of his career and became the second Kazakh world champion under-21 after Alexey Lutsenko, crowned in 2012. The podium of the day is completed by Vacek, therefore, and the Norwegian Soren Waerenskjold, 3rd. Penhoët, the first Frenchman, is 8th.