Aussies lead medal tally at the UCI Worlds

Australia has two gold and two bronze medals in the 2011 UCI World Road Championships after day three ahead of Germany and Denmark.

In the Junior Womens Time Trial on Monday Jessica Allen took gold over 13.9 km and in the U23 Mens, Luke Durbridge gold and Michael Hepburn bronze over 35.2 km.

In the Junior Mens Time Trial on Tuesday over 27.8 km, Australian cyclist David Edwards got bronze, “I am really happy about my bronze medal – I was a very good nice circuit, there were parts with wind and other parts with no wind and there were many technical turns. I liked racing inside the city – the crowds were amazing”.

The Wednesday Elite Mens Time Trial was taken by German Tony Martin ahead of Bradley Wiggins and Fabian Cancellara with Aussies Jack Bobridge and Richie Porte finishing a very respectable 5th and 6th.

“It was definitely a real power course into a headwind. I look at those guys (the medallists) and how many seasons they have under them, how old they are and their experience and I’m just really happy to be amongst all those guys,” said Bobridge. “(My result) It surprised me and I surprised some others as well.”

26-year-old Porte was slower in the early kilometres but finished strongly and agrees the course was tailor made for strong, power riders.

“I would have loved a couple more climbs in there but it is what it is,” said Porte. “To be honest I was expecting a little more but I can’t really complain. Tony (Martin) was in a world of his own.”

On Friday the U23 Mens Road Race and Junior Womens Road Race take place with Saturday for the Elite Womens and Junior Mens Road Race and the Elite Mens Road Race on Sunday.



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