UCI Road Worlds: Great Britain's Lucy Garner retains the rainbow jersey

Leicester rider gets leadout from Elinor Barker, winner of the time trial world championship earlier this week

by Simon_MacMichael   September 21, 2012  

Lucy Garner (copyright Simon MacMichael)

Great Britain's Lucy Garner has retained her world title in the women's junior road race in the Netherlands today. The Leicester rider, who turned 18 just yesterday, got a leadout from Elinor Barker, winner of the junior time trial championship earlier this week to win the rainbow jersey in Valkenburg, 12 months after her victory in Copenhagen. Norway's Eline Gleditsch Brustad finished second, with Anna Zita Maria Stricker of Italy third.

With the tempo increasing throughout the five lap, 65 kilometre race, the climbs including the Cauberg, crested 1.7 kilometres from the finish line, thinned the field out until there was a front group left of around 25 riders at the bell.

On the final ascent of the climb that is the signature feature of Ardennes Classic the Amstel Gold Race, the field, originally comprising more than 80 women, splintered further with around ten riders getting clear, but some riders managed to get back on, the group doubling in size as the race headed towards the closing kilometre.

With the road flattening out for that run-in to the finish, Barker produced what was described as a stunning lead out for Garner to complete what had been a strong team ride by all five British women in the race, the others being Emily Kay, Jessie Walker and Molly Weaver.

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posted by Some Fella [908 posts]
21st September 2012 - 15:39

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Brilliant riding by Elinor and Lucy. The future's bright...

posted by JonSP [60 posts]
21st September 2012 - 15:43

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Magic !

Cycling - not just a pastime or sport - free your soul on the open road.

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posted by timbola [234 posts]
21st September 2012 - 16:19


Get in!

I always think the rainbow jersey is THE most coveted prize, what a great result.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3724 posts]
21st September 2012 - 16:32

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Fantastic news that just shows that last year was no fluke.
And remember that, as reigning World Champion, she would have been heavily marked.

Our Leicestershire Road Club clubruns will just get even harder when she comes out with us.

I'm truly delighted for her,


posted by davebinks [136 posts]
21st September 2012 - 17:57


Photos in CW gallery here.

Women's cycle sport, in this country and in general, is struggling for sponsors and airtime so this is fantastic news. Well done GB junior girls!

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posted by Simon E [2422 posts]
21st September 2012 - 21:03

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Fantastic. Good to see this getting some deserved prominence.

Noli porcum linguere

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posted by captain_slog [311 posts]
21st September 2012 - 21:44

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The Amstel Gold Race an Ardennes Classic? They must have recently moved the Dutch province of Limburg into Belgium then?

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posted by Dutchie [66 posts]
21st September 2012 - 23:03


Bloody brilliant!

Trying not to bonk!

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posted by Hypoglycaemic [22 posts]
21st September 2012 - 23:38


A great pity the BBC coverage missed this one, should be red faces there.


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posted by antonio [1108 posts]
22nd September 2012 - 9:40

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Dutchie wrote:
The Amstel Gold Race an Ardennes Classic? They must have recently moved the Dutch province of Limburg into Belgium then?

Not geographically in the Ardennes, admittedly, but it's certainly considered one of the three 'Ardennes' classics these days.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [9528 posts]
22nd September 2012 - 10:05

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Great going! Smile

posted by drain [8 posts]
22nd September 2012 - 10:50

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