There was praise throughout for the organisers of the Frankfurt Cycling Club and their 93 helpers for the smooth running of this year's World Championships. The audience, who also sweated on the stands, was also enthusiastic. At the end, we captured a few voices.
"For Frankfurt (Oder) and the UCI these were very successful World Championships for many reasons: Never before were 48 countries represented and for the first time three from Africa. In general, the young athletes came from all continents. Their sporting level was very high. Athletes from many countries won medals. Frankfurt (Oder) as a small city organized everything perfectly. Egypt will host the Junior World Championships in 2020 and was there with a group of eight officials to take some experience with us.
Our association is now starting to prepare the organization. I am sure that this will be a very good project. Some were surprised that several women belonged to our group. We promote them to gain experience in organizing events. We also want to train more women as UCI commissioners.
In Cairo, a new velodrome with a 250 m track is currently being built and should be completed by the end of October. The Velodrom will be an open hall with a roof. The German team has already indicated that they will come to Cairo for a training camp in January."
René Wilke, Lord Mayor of the City of Frankfurt (Oder):
"The hall was filled to capacity with guests from so many countries. I took the time every day to stop by for at least half an hour. Madison at the end was well chosen. It was all a lot of fun. Above all, the Junior World Championships were important for the city. It is thanks to Dan Radtke and his team as well as the employees of the sports centre that the World Championships were such a great success."
Myron Simpson, Coach of the New Zealand boys' team:
"Overall, we are very satisfied. The men's level is already very high. We have worked very hard for our results and some very talented riders who give hope for the future.
Anja Lange, Spectator:
Although I've already watched the Oder Rundfahrt, I've never been to a track event. I really wanted to be part of a highlight like the WRC. I didn't know many disciplines at all. The fact that German records were set is great. It's so much fun."
Andrea Prix, Employee Economic Development of the City of Frankfurt (Oder):
"Together with the German-Polish Tourist Information we had a stand. Many guests wanted tips from us on what they could see. They were in the Kleist Museum and even in the local districts. Afterwards many came and thanked us. We were surprised how many city maps were taken in the digital age. Our snow globes, pins and cups were very popular. It was madness.
(Addition: And just as many tourist paper bags with the imprint "Frankfurter Gebäude" go all over the world, the employees at the stand of the housing industry were happy to see how much their multi-purpose bags were in demand, which can be used as seat cushions, beach bags, backpacks, cooling bags and much more)."
Fabian Liebecke, Helper:
"I was used for the starting machines. The cooperation with the commissioners was very pleasant. Organization, competition, judges - everything worked out wonderfully. It was already outstanding."
Tim Zühlke, Coach of the endurance specialists in the German national team:
"My expectations were 300 percent fulfilled. Before the World Cup, I really just said for fun: "We want four medals, no matter what colour. Now my boys have won gold three times and silver twice. The time trial performances were already supernatural. Many small factors played a role for these successes. The home trainers were very important. They went along with our changed training system and had the main work."
Dan Radtke, Head organizer of the Junior World Championships:
"What can I say with all the praise? They were great days. I'm proud that everything worked so well together. As a team, we're also at the top of the podium. It's as nice a feeling as it was in 1981 when I became World Champion with the team fourth at the Junior World Championship Road. And now that I also got a jersey with the signatures of all the junior world champions, I feel even more like one."
At the end it was a home game for Germany: With three medals on the final day of five grandiose world championship days, the host country won the Nations' Cup with 5x gold and 4x silver. Altogether the world champions of the 20 decisions come from 12 countries. From a further ten countries, at least one runner-up World Champion or winner of a bronze medal stood on the podium. In terms of the number of medals won, Great Britain is ranked eight times behind Germany.
A world record, numerous national records and countless personal best times were achieved in Frankfurt's Oderlandhalle. Congratulations to all athletes and best wishes for your sporting future.
Final score of the medal table:
New Zealand 3/1/0
Greece and USA 2/0/0
India and Italy 1/1/1
China, Denmark, and Japan 1/0/0
Great Britain 0/2/6
Ireland, Canada, Korea, Mexico and Spain 0/0/1
The 20th and last medal of the UCI Junior World Championships 2019 was won by New Zealand in Madison over 30 km with a furious and aggressive race. Laurence Pithie and Kiaan Watts only left one of the 12 sprint classifications without points and crossed the finish line first. With 49 points in the end, they had a comfortable lead over the Germans Tim Torn Teutenberg and Hannes Wilksch (35), already World Champion with the team fourth,. The Frenchmen Clement Petit and Kevin Vauquelin from the silver team four could not oppose the two teams in the end and won bronze.
The Germans had a good overview of their race, after one point in the first classification they were back in the fourth. "There were 120 laps to drive, so you have time to make up for something", Hannes Wilksch describes this phase. The race was then temporarily neutralized after about 40 laps because the track had to be repaired after the crash of an athlete. "We used the time to talk to each other again and make some changes at the change. I was supposed to tip in steeper from above. After the break we went straight back to business", reports Hannes Wilksch. Even before the penultimate classification it was clear that New Zealand and Germany would decide the victory between themselves. "We drove for our lives and were so flat at the end", says the Strausberger and looks very satisfied with silver.
With the three medals on the final day, the host country finally won the country classification.
It's a little host's day. After gold in the time trial for Germany, Alessa-Catriona Pröpster also won gold in the Keirin at the end of the Junior World Championships. She thus celebrated her fourth World Championship medal (2 gold, 2 silver).
The 18-year-old from Jungingen relegated the Australian and Scratch World Champion Ella Sibley to silver. Nikola Seremak from Poland won the bronze medal and thus also won three World Championship medals in the Oderlandhalle in Frankfurt.
He is the most successful participant of the Junior World Championships 2019 in Frankfurt (Oder). Tobias Buck-Gramcko from Germany advanced to triple world champion after winning the 1000 m time trial. No other athlete was able to do this. After qualifying, the 18-year-old also beat the German record once again in the final of the best eight. The time is now 1:01.328 minutes.
World Cup silver now holds Daan Kool from the Netherlands in his hands, he sprinted the 1000 meters in 1:01.622, bronze went to the Italian BIANCHI Matteo Bianchi (1:02,068). Unfortunate fifth place went to Julien Jäger, who was left empty handed after two medals at the European Championships at the Junior World Championships.
"Before the World Championships, I was two seconds slower. I am an endurance specialist. That I was able to improve so much in the qualification and in the final ...," Tobias was amazed and smiles after the award ceremony while driving out on the roller. "The final really gave a boost. Where does it hurt now? Everywhere, the legs, the lactate goes through the whole body, the lungs are burning."
Tobias Buck-Gramcko was still in 7th place after 250 m - "as an endurance rider I always lose quite a bit on the first lap" - and was able to constantly increase the pace. "My trainer called out the intermediate times to me, just like in the pursuit races. I still heard that I was third. I drove a full board." At the beginning of the last lap the German was already in 2nd place. His famous final spurt was accompanied by the 700 spectators with loud shouts and clapping.
For the Göttinger, triple gold was beyond his dreams. "I had to fight for three starts at the World Championships. Only after the Germans had the decision been made. I definitely wanted a medal in Frankfurt". Now he is the gold king of the domestic title fights.
The first world champion title of the final day went to the USA. Megan Jastrab and Zoe Ta-Perez won gold with 31 points in Madison over 15 km. They scored points in seven of the eight sprint classifications and were the first to cross the finish line twice. Jastrab/Ta-Perez thus underlined their exceptional position ahead of the runners-up of the World Championships, the British Sophie Lewis and Elynor Backstedt (15). Bronze medals went to Valerie Golayeva and Mariia Milaeva from Russia (14). The rest of the field was already far apart after half of the 60 laps, also the Germans Hanna Dopjans and Finja Smekal had no chance, they finished tenth.
The final in the time trial raises some expectations in the German team. Tobias Buck-Gramckow and Julien Jäger not only finished their qualification as the fastest of all 47 drivers. With 1:01.372 minutes and 1:01.514 they also broke the German record of Carl Hinze (1:02.063), set two years ago at the UCI World Championships in Italy.
Both have already been on the podium twice. The Dutchman Daan Kool, who had the third-fastest qualifying time, now wants to go there. The final was also reached (in the order of their times) by two-time World Champion Konstantinos Livanos from Greece, Conor Shearing from New Zealand, Matteo Bianchi from Italy as well as Spaniard Ekain Jimenez Elizondo and Indian Ronaldo Singh Laitonjam.
Two juniors from Great Britain, China and Germany each entered the second round of the Keirin competition, among them the favourites Alessa-Catriona Pröpster (Germany) Jingye Sun (China), Emma Finucane (Great Britain), Nikola Seremak (Poland) and Ella Sibley (Australia). Time Trial World Champion Taky Marie Divine Kouamé retired.
In Madison, the elimination of the first group was overshadowed by several crashes, so that Russia and Poland could not finish the race. From the Canadian team, one rider had to complete most of the laps alone. However, the team reached the final of the best 16 of both groups in fifth place. The USA, New Zealand and Australia had secured the most points (15/15/13). The elimination fight of the second group was a clear matter for the Germans Tim Torn Teutenberg and Hannes Wilksch, who collected 34 points at almost full speed, followed by Denmark (18) and Australia (11).
Many parents did not allow themselves to be taken away from accompanying their 16 to 18-year-old "children" to the Junior World Championships. The parents of Hannes Wilksch (60 km), who was born in Strausberg, had the shortest journey. But parents, siblings, aunts and uncles of athletes from Denmark, Belgium, Holland and even from South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Canada also sat on the spectator stands.
The largest group is likely to be the Canadians. "Of the 14 athletes, there are 10 families here," says Sian Barraclough, who travelled with husband, second daughter, brother and sister-in-law from Edmonton, 7200 kilometres away, to cheer for their daughter Ngaire. "We also have a lot of contact with the other families and spend time together. The organisation and atmosphere of the competitions inspire her: "It is always very crowded in the evenings. The people are very friendly. And there is a good beer garden here". Ngaire, who only two years ago found her way to cycling and became triple Canadian Junior Champion this year, could be sure of the cheers of the family. They were happy about 6th place in the team sprint and 9th place in the scratch.
After the World Championships the family wants to travel to Denmark.
From Belgium the families De Clerq and Vandenbranden cheered on their children Katrijn and Noah. Katrijn's dad is especially happy that his daughter has qualified for the World Championships. "We already had contact with Dan Radtke from the FRC a few years ago because we wanted to come with Katrijn to the winter track races in Frankfurt. But unfortunately it never worked because of the Belgian team's competition schedule," explains Geert de Clerq. Now he proudly watched his daughter lead the field in the scratch competition for a few laps. In the end she was 20. It was much better in points (8th) and Omnium (7th) for Geert de Clerq the participation of Katrjin in the World Championships means a lot. "She is one of the best in Belgium. But what is it worth compared to other countries? You have to stay positive and hope that the switch to women will be successful."
Vandenbrandens have accompanied their son to several competitions in Germany and the Netherlands, among other places, for the same reason as their friends: the children are still very young. They liked the atmosphere on the grandstand in Frankfurt's Oderlandhalle: "There's applause for all the winners, no matter which country they come from," says Olivier Vandenbranden, whose son achieved his best result in points in three starts in 19th place. The Belgians also used their stay for walks in Slubice and through Frankfurt's old town.
For Klaus Pröpster from Jungingen (Baden-Württemberg), the World Championships are almost a home game. He has often accompanied his daughter Alessa to competitions and courses in Frankfurt. At the award ceremony for the first medal, silver in the team sprint with Christina Sperlich, he almost wouldn't let go of Alessa. "I was so happy about this medal. It was clear that she would not have been able to defend her rainbow jersey from last year. We had expected a bronze medal at most," said Klaus Pröpster, who had come with his wife Edeltraud and his parents. The father also reveals that Alessa only rides sports bikes. "With the bike to school, to swim? No, she doesn't have that," he smiles.
The temperatures in Germany are currently the same as in South Africa. "But at home is winter," Chantal da Silva puts into perspective. The South Africans, too, arrived with a large group of eight families with 12 athletes, hoping for a medal or two, which didn't happen until Sunday morning. Cristle Geary stresses above all: "It is good for our children to know where they stand in the world. This is an important experience". The fact that there was a new national record for South Africa in the team sprint is one of the successes. Her son Aidan takes home a personal best in the sprint. Son Dillon could not finish his points race after a crash. "Our athletes also look very closely at the technique and equipment of the other teams," says Chantal da Silva.
What Cristle Geary was really happy about during her visit to Germany: "To hear the German language everywhere. My family comes from Germany and lives in South Africa in the third generation. We only speak German at home." After the championships, the family stays in Berlin for a few days. She absolutely wants to go to Checkpoint Charlie.
The fifth and last day of the Junior World Championships is imminent. It can already be said that it was not only a world championship of sport, but also of organisation and the atmospheric atmosphere on the spectator stands.
Four decisions have to be made again.
The two-person Madison competition is a discipline worth seeing again and again because of its changes between the two team drivers. While the juniors will be chasing laps over a distance of 20 km in the final, the juniors have 30 km ahead of them. France and Australia won the women's and men's races in 2018.
France will not compete in the women's race in 2019. The United States could fight for the crown with the talented duo Zoe Ta-Perez and Megan Jastrab. Eleonora Gasparinni and Sofia Collinelli from the Italian gold team in the team pursuit are also to be trusted among the 15 teams.
In the men's event, defending champion Australia will compete with James Moriarty and Bill Simpson. The French, Germans and Canadians are also strong among the 21 teams. And maybe the Asians are also a good part of it.
Will the 1000-meter time trial be the finalists of yesterday's sprint competition between Konstantinos Livanos from Greece and Esow Alban from India? But there are also the two Germans Tobias Buck-Gramckow and Julien Jäger as well as the Dutchman Daan Kool, who have strongly underlined their claims with their performances in the sprint.
If you look at the entry list in the female Keirin competition, not only the European Champion and convincing World Champion athlete Alessa-Catriona Pröpster (Germany) and the Asian Champion Jingye Sun (China) have great chances of winning a medal. Because with the French Taky Marie Divine Kouamé, the British Emma Finucane, the Polish Seremak and the Australian Ella Sibley there are several current medal winners in sprint / team sprint, time trials and scratch in the starter lists.
"I am delighted that so many nations are among the medal winners," says UCI Vice President Dr. Wagih Azzam. The comparison of the medal table from day 3 to day 4 makes this particularly clear. Japan, Mexico, Ireland, Korea and the Netherlands have won their first medals.
Medal table after four days:
New Zealand 2/1/0
India each 1/0/1
China, Denmark, USA and Japan 1/0/0
Great Britain 0/1/6
Chile and Poland 0/1/1
Spain, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Korea and the Netherlands 0/0/1
He is the man of the evening: Keirin Junior World Champion Konstantinos Livanos has also won the sprinters' rainbow jersey after three exciting runs. Silver went to the extremely strong Indian Esow, who also already owns gold (Teamsprit). After both had won one run each, they both had to go back to the starting line once more. After the obligatory first slow lap Livanos didn't torch for long and looked for the decision with an attack from the front. In these decisive seconds Esow was not up to it for the second time on the fourth world championship day.
The bronze final was won by the Dutchman Daan Kool with 2-0 runs, the German Julien was left behind.
All four 17- and 18-year-olds had already created the final mood in the semi-finals. A third run was also necessary in both pairings. Esow and Jäger gave an impression of their standing qualities and drove close to the rail in the first round. The German had waited a long time in the front position before starting his sprint at the beginning of the second lap. But against the start of the Indian, no herb was left for him.
Laurence Pithie, leading the Omnium after three competitions, continued to score points in points and brought the second World Champion title of the evening to New Zealand. He won with 129 points. Silver was won by the Australian Graeme Frislie (108), bronze by the Korean Youngkyun Park (103). German Tim Torn Teutenberg finished fifth (93).
Pithie had proven himself to be the best in the field of 24 riders both in the speed laps and in the qualifying, scoring the last five important points in the fourth competition.
The fastest time in the qualification of the Einerverfolgung over 2000 m has also prevailed in the final. Ally Wollaston from New Zealand left no doubt about her gold ambitions right from the start and on the eight laps she was ahead of European Champion Elynor Backstedt from Great Britain. With 2:18.900 minutes (51.835 km/h) she missed the world record by only 8.2 tenths of a second. Backstedt needed 2:19.078. In the final for bronze, Lara Gillespie (2:21.193) from Ireland prevailed with almost two seconds ahead of Mariia Miliaeva from Russia.
The Japanese Tsuyaka Uchino (41 points) won gold in the land of the sun. She won the points race over 20 km ahead of the Russian Valeria Golayeva (27) and Yareli Acevedo Mendoza (25) from Mexico. In the eight classifications of the 80 laps she had scored four times, including in the last classification, which was counted twice, and also crossed the finish line first. In addition, eight finalists had won two laps. The German Lea Waldhoff finished 18th.
Taky Marie Divine Kouame has won the first World Championship title for France at the World Championships. In the final over 500 m time trial she delivered the fastest first lap and was also the fastest after the runs of all eight finalists with 34,868 seconds. Silver went to the sprint world champion Alessa-Catriona Pröpster from Germany, who went to the finals as the fastest sprinter in the qualification and has already won three World Championship medals. The bronze medal went to Emma Finucane (35.264) from Great Britain, who had already finished third in the sprint. How great the joy about gold was for the French was shown at the award ceremony - no national anthem has been sung so loudly so far.
A strong performance in the qualification of the INdividual Pursuit showed the New Zealanders Ally Wollaston. With 2:18.687 minutes, which corresponds to an average speed of 51.915 km/h, she remained over 2000 meters only four tenths of a second above the world record of her compatriot Elesse Andrews (2:18,080). She is competing for gold in the final against European Champion Elynor Backstedt (Great Britain). In the final for bronze Irin Lara Gillespie and Mariia Miliaeva compete against each other.
After two competitions in the Junior Omnium, New Zealander Laurence Pithie came in slightly ahead of Australian Graeme Frislie (72) and Korean Youngkyun Park (66) with 74 points. Tim Torn Teutenberg (64) is close to a medal place for the hosts.
The Nigerians are certainly somewhat the exotic ones who stand out in the world championship family by their clothes - and by their bravery in trying to keep up with the riders of other nations. The four West African juniors will be taking part in the World Championships for the first time. It's all about one thing: gaining experience.
"It's like going to university as a primary school student. We didn't expect anything else, but we want to set ourselves new goals," says Giandomenico Massari, President of the Nigerian Cycling Federation. Born in Italy, he thinks it's time for the country to catch up with the international leaders. The Nigerian Cycling Federation has been in existence since 1972. In recent years, the promotion of talent has been boosted. In three-day programmes, cycling is taught both theoretically and practically in schools. A covered 250 m concrete track - built by the German company Julius Berger - was built in the capital Abuja in 2003 and has only been in use since December last year. Massari suggests that explaining the reasons for this would be too far-reaching. But he is proud that at the end of July the 1st Africa Cup in track cycling was held in the capital with ten nations. In the age groups juniors to elite, the host alone won 21 gold, plus 29 second and third places. A first sign that the track is very busy with training.
"We noticed that things were going well for us and therefore wanted to take part in the Junior World Championships. We bought an extra 40 new bikes," says Massari. Nevertheless, some equipment was missing, among others the Germans helped out with chainrings. In the meantime, material and rollers were ordered from a Frankfurt bicycle dealer.
The Nigerians had arrived the day before the start of the title fights, the visas came very late. That's why they trained at home until the last day. The change to the wooden track in Frankfurt was a small challenge, as the Africans are only used to concrete.
In almost all competitions the Nigerians follow. But they try it out like Bethel Temple Okeyah, who bravely drove in the qualification in the first classification and scored a point, but did not make it to the final in the end. One of the strongest riders in the team is Mary Samuel, who finished second at the South African Sprint Championships and has her best time trial result in the UCI ranking with 4th place. With eight entries in Frankfurt, she has an exhausting programme to complete. In the sprint qualifying, she set the fastest time with 13.684 seconds and lost to Jing Luo from China in the 1/16 final. "It's my first World Championship and I'm doing my best, but I'm still not so satisfied. I had achieved good results in our competitions. Now I feel as if I am at the beginning. You also notice that our bikes aren't that good," says the 17-year-old, who has only been training for a year and has been on the track since December. But Mary also says: "It's very inspiring to experience the level at world championships. I'll take that home with me and train differently there." Association boss Giandomenico Massari is satisfied with the first days of his athletes: "They always drive better and nobody has given up. A lot will change with the new experiences".
He can tell a little story about the Nigerians' cycling clothing with its jagged green-and-white pattern. "Our country's football team played in Russia last year with the same pattern of clothing, only in green and black. That's what we recorded. Green and white are our national colours. The UCI agreed to the jersey," says Massari.
After silver in the team sprint and gold in the sprint, Alessa-Catriona Pröbster will be competing for the next medal this evening in the 500 m time trial. Also in the Keirin on Sunday, the most successful World Cup participant so far will compete. Nothing seems to remind of the injury bad luck at the end of May.
Actually Alessa-Catriona should still be riding with tapes on her right ankle. During the Abitur examination in volleyball, she had torn all three ligaments in the ankle area, but was able to continue training with targeted physiotherapy, rehabilitation measures and tape bandages. "I'd rather leave the tapes out, otherwise it's like a blockade in my head. After the training and the races I still have some pain, but overall I put everything away well and was able to increase my times in the season," says the newly crowned sprint world champion and vice world champion in team sprint, looking back together with Christina Sperlich.
In the team sprint she had been spared a bit. In the final she had taken over the sprint of the second round. In the qualification with Katharina Albers it was her responsibility to get her team mate into a fast position in the first lap. "That was more relaxed for me, so I could spare myself a little for the next races". The tactics worked out. On Thursday morning, the next check mark had to be placed in the sprint qualification with a personal best time of over 200 metres in the air. 11,353 meant the fastest time in the qualification. In the eighth and quarter finals she had no trouble to assert herself. In the final, the European Champion defeated Nikola Seremak from Poland clearly with 2-0 runs. And then she had to think about the evil of Mai again. "I could cry, I could cry. It's so unrealistic to be world champion now," said Pröpster.
Alessa Pröpster was much more relaxed about the world title fights in Frankfurt's Oderlandhalle - the second home of the German national team in view of the many training courses and sightings - than she was about the European Championships. "After I had achieved a lot there, I went into the World Championships with a good feeling," she said, relieved after two European Championship titles (Sprint / Keirin) and bronze (Team Sprint).
The high-school graduate is experiencing her second Junior World Championships - and benefits from them in several ways. "In Aigle I was still very nervous, driving much too fast and too much while warming up on the roll. Lea always jerked me down there. She helped me a lot. I'm grateful to her for this and have adopted her style," she sums up her experiences with the four-time Junior World Champion 2018, Lea-Sophie Friedrich, with whom she and Emma Götz won gold in the team sprint a year ago. Now the 18-year-old is trying to use her experience to bring calm to her teammates. Christina Sperlich, who was very excited before the team sprint finals, had definitely succeeded in doing so. And she's not afraid of the women's future either: "I have a great time ahead of me. And the girls promised to make it easy for me."
For the final in the 500 m time trial of the juniors, the participants are: Christina Sperlich (Germany), Veronika Jabornikova (Czech Republic), Ran Chen and Jing Luo (both China), Sophia Shuhay (USA) as well as the three fastest Alessa-Catriona Pröpster (Germany/35.163), Taky Marie Divine Kouame (France/35.221) and Emma Finucane (Great Britain/35.505).
In the quarter finals of the sprinters everything seemed to be open for the very strong pairings. But Keirin Junior World Champion Konstantinos Livanos made it effortless to the semi-finals. The Indian Esow Alban (also Esow Esow) also made progress, much to the annoyance of the Australian Sam Gallagher, who had believed himself on the safe side in the second series after a big lead and hoped for the decision in the third run. But Esow showed a strong spurt again.
A third run was won by Dutchman Daan Kool, who won the second series after Ronaldo Singh Laitonjam (India) had run away. Although the Indian had the longer way to go in the decision, he made it to the semi-finals thanks to his minimal lead.
The encounter between the German Julien Jäger and the Russian Ivan Gladyshev was exhausting. The Russian had crashed in the second series, Jäger - faster in the first run - was warned for not keeping the line. During the repeat run, Gladyshev suddenly slowed down. As it turned out, because of a broken frame on his bike. The jury granted a very rare third attempt within this series. Julien Jäger didn't let his opponent out of his sight from the beginning and won the race.
The first three of the five finals of the 4th World Cup day are reserved for the juniors. In the 500 m time trial, the two German Alessa-Catriona Pröpster, who has already won two World Championship medals, and Christina Sperlich will have a decisive say. With the British Emma Finucane, the Czech Veronika Jabornikova and the Chinese Jing Luo the competition is strong.
In the women's points race, many looks will fall on Ireland's consistently strong Lara Gillespie, who won silver at the European points race in July and gold in Switzerland in 2018. European Champion Matilde Vitillo from Italy is also at the start It will be exciting to see how starters from Asia and overseas will classify themselves.
Great Britain has a strong effect in the Individual Pursuit. Elynor Backstedt took gold in Ghent. She is the daughter of former Paris Roubaix winner Magnus and former British road champion Megan.
With the quarter-finals, the male sprinters are heading into the decisive phase towards the finals. In the morning, Keirin World Champion Konstantinos Livanos (Greece) and Muhammad Ridwan Sahrom (Malaysia), Sam Gallangher and Keirin third Esow Esow (India), Ivan Gladyshev (Russia) and Julien Jäger (Germany) as well as Ronaldo Singh Laitonjam (India) and Daan Kool (Netherlands) will meet.
In the Omnium competition it is open which country the medals will go to. Here, too, the Europeans are looking strong with the bronze winner of the previous year, the Dane Frederick Wandahl. From Canada Riley is given great chances.
After eleven decisions, medals have now gone to 17 countries. Germany and Great Britain each have five medals, although the British currently seem to be set for bronze.
Medal table after three days:
Russia and India 1/0/1 each
China, Denmark, Greece and USA 1/0/0
Chile and Poland 0/1/1
Colombia and New Zealand 0/1/0
Great Britain 0/0/5
Spain and Canada 0/0/1
In the sprint final of the juniors Alessa-Catriona Pröpster proved the highest tactical abilities. In both runs she prevailed against Nikola Seremak from Poland. Emma Finucane (Great Britain) won the decision for 3rd place and Veronika Jabornikova relegated to 4th place. Pröpster had remained undefeated in all races before. In the second race of the final Seremak had put on her weight early in the second lap, but Pröpster passed her almost effortlessly. For Germany, the sprint title was the third in four years: in 2018 it went to Lea Sophie Friedrich, in 2016 to Pauline Grabosch and in 2015 to Emma Hinze.
In the Omnium of the juniors, the US American Megan Jastrab (118 points), seen by many as the favourite, did not let her win. The new World Champion had already led after the second competition, had gone after the elimination race with a reassuring lead in points, where four points from two scores were enough for her to win the Omnium. The Italian Eleonora Camilla Gasparrini (114), also European Champion with great expectations, can be happy about silver. Bronze went to Vice European Champion Ella Barnwell (110) from Great Britain.
Germany had already secured gold in the 4000 m Individual Pusuit with the final entry of Nicolas Heinrich and Tobias Buck-Gramcko. The question was, which of the two gold boys could prevail in the team pursuit: The World Champion title was won by Vice European Champion Buck-Gramcko with a new German record of 3:09.926 minutes. He only missed the world record by two tenths of a second. Heinrich won silver with 3:11,648. In the final for 3rd place the Canadian Tristan Jussaume (3:18,258) beat the Brit Zach Bridges.
In the qualification European Champion Heinrich had delivered the fastest time, had already set a national record there, but could not continue in the final. This resulted in the same picture as at the German Championships.
"Now it is divided fairly, everyone has a jersey", joked a very relaxed Buck-Gramcko after the award ceremony. "Tobias took another big step forward after the European Championships at the beginning of July and trained a lot," said national coach Tim Zühlke in praise of the new World Champion, who had already won gold together with Heinrich in the team pursuit on Thursday.
Buck-Gramcko and Heinrich will soon move up to the elite. "I think we'll see them at the World Cup this winter. They both showed that they are really fast", praised Zühlke.
In the first decision of the evening - the 25 km points race - the Russian Vlas Shichkin won gold with 62 points ahead of the French Kevin Vauquelin (51) and the Spaniard Raul Pierna Garcia (51). The race over 100 laps started at an unusually high speed. A group of four with Lubos Kominek (Czech Republic), Edoardo Zambanini (Italy), Ricardo Pena Salas (Mexico) and Garcia had managed to break away and split the first two sprint classifications among themselves. The four were caught by other drivers, among them Shichkin and Vauquelin, two medal winners in the team pursuit. The group also scored with two lap wins. With his final sprint and race victory, the Russian had finally secured his title. The German Hannes Wilksch finished ninth. After the World Championship title and world record on Thursday in the team pursuit, he seemed a bit tired.
After two Omnium competitions (scratch and speed laps), US American Megan Jastrab (74 points) leads the field of eventers ahead of British Ella Barnwell (72) and Polish Nikola Wielowska (70). The German Hanna Dopjans is currently 15th.
The qualification in the male Individual Pursuit was a matter for the Germans. With a German record of 3:11.850 Nicolas Heinrich set the fastest time, followed by his team mate Tobias Buck-Gramcko (3:14.555) ahead of Canadian Tristan Jussaume (3:15.315) and Brit Zach Bridges (3:15.3159).
In the 15 km points race six of the 30 riders dropped out of both races after the qualification. While the first run was a clear thing for the German Hannes Wilksch (38 points), in the second group Raul Garcia Pierna (Spain), Paul Buschek (Austria) and James Moriarty (Australia) each had 30 points.
In the men's sprint, almost all the favourites reached the quarter-finals. On Saturday morning, Keirin World Champion Konstantinos Livanos (Greece) and Muhammad Ridwan Sahrom (Malaysia), Sam Gallangher and Esow Esow (India), Ivan Gladyshev (Russia) and Julien Jäger (Germany) as well as Ronaldo Singh Laitonjam (India) and Daan Kool (Netherlands) will meet. The second German, Domenic Kruse, was eliminated in the round of 16 against Jäger.
Day 2 of the Junior World Championships will be a while on the lips of many thanks to his world record in team pursuit over 4000 metres and three teams under four minutes for the first time.
In the fabulous time of 3:58.793 seconds, the German junior fourth with Tobias Buck-Gramko Hannes Wilksch, Pierre-Pascal Keup and Nicolas Heinrich won the World Champion title in Frankfurt's Oderlandhalle. Gold also went to Moritz Kretschy, who had been used instead of Keup in the qualifying.
"Maybe we didn't realize until a quarter of a lap after the finish line that we were World Champions until we looked at the scoreboard," Tobias Buck-Gramko describes the first moments after the victory. "I can't believe it yet. We flirted with a medal. Now we are world champions with a world record. We didn't dream of this - it was a perfect run," said Hannes Wilksch, the only one from Brandenburg who had to shake a lot of hands.
The Germans had already improved their German record of the European Championships by one second to 4:00,420 in the 1st round. In the final they increased by two seconds. "In the qualification we had already achieved what we had planned. Then we simply became faster and faster. We do our best every time," Tobias seems to find quite natural words. "The atmosphere in the hall pushed us. That made a lot of difference, that we became world champion at the home world championship with a world record", adds Hannes.
The national coach of the endurance juniors Tim Zühlke has further explanations for the fabelleistung. "The boys had an optimal preparation for the road tours and the courses on the track. It was important to drive the European Championship in Ghent so that they could get a feeling for great championships. After bronze they took a lot for their morale. It was the dress rehearsal. I knew that the boys were in a good mood." But the conditions in the hall would also have been right. "The track is fast and the climatic conditions were good," adds Zühlke, who in his first year as national junior coach was able to record the greatest possible success.
The French, who had already improved the two-year-old world record of the Russians (4:00,972) in the first round with 4:00,384, were disappointed after they had come out of the qualification as the third fastest team. At the European Championships still without a medal, they had catapulted themselves with their fast time into the favorite circle "Sure, we wanted to win", says Clement Petit. Antonin Corvaisier adds: "We wanted to be faster, but are very satisfied with the time. And the spectators are really cheering on."
With the world record, the Oderlandhalle once again proved that it can be driven fast. Several national records and world top times have been achieved here at German championships. At the 2016 roundabout in Frankfurt, two-time Olympic champion and eleven-time World Champion Kristina Vogel had already set a new world record over 500 metres with a flying start in 28.970 seconds.
The Oderlandhalle was renovated six years ago and handed over at the beginning of 2014. In the course of the work, the track was covered with Siberian spruce and shortened to the internationally customary length of 250 metres. The world-famous architecture firm Ralph Schürmann from Münster was responsible for the project and design, and the track was built by VELOTrack from Osterholz-Scharmbeck near Bremen.
After two days with six decisions, 13 nations have entered themselves into the list of medal winners. So far, Australia and Germany have each won 2x precious metals.
In addition to the world record in the team pursuit of the juniors, several national records have already been broken, including for Russia and France (also M pursuit), Canada and Greece. The Canadian team is proud of five new records, for example in the team pursuit of girls and boys as well as in the team sprint of juniors. The newly crowned Keirin World Champion Konstantinos Livanos improved the national sprint record this morning to a strong 10.118 in qualifying, which equates to 71,160 km/h.
Medal table after two days: Australia and Germany each 1xGold/1xSilver/0xBronze, China 1/0/0, India 1/0/1, Italy and Denmark 1/0/0, Chile 0/1/1, France, Colombia and New Zealand 0/1/0, Great Britain 0/0/3, Poland and Russia each 0/0/1
For the points drivers and individual pursuers of the juniors as well as the Omnium riders, things are getting serious today. After the qualifications and the first two competitions of the eventers until the early afternoon, the decisions will start at 6 pm.
Last year gold went to Australia after 25 km of points (100 laps). Now the hopes of the team are on James Moriarty. The 17-year-old South African Dillon Geary will try to add gold to his title at the South African National Championship. But there is also the Russian Vlas Schischkin, who is certainly striving for more after his European Championship title, as well as the German Hannes Wilksch, who should be highly motivated after gold with the team fourth.
In the Individual Pursuit everyone looks at Sergey Karmazhakov. The Kazakh won gold at the Junior Championships in Asia in 2019.
Italy's great hope for Lara Crestanello lies in Omnium, while others see the American and former BMX rider Megan Jastrab as the challenger.
The last final decision of the day will be in the sprint. For the juniors, the decision will be between Great Britain and Germany or the Czech Republic and Poland. Three semi-finalists have already taken part in the team sprints: Emma Finucane (fourth in the team sprint) and Alessa-Catriona Pröpster (silver) as well as Veronika Jabornikowa and Nikola Seremak (bronze) will meet.
The world championship titles in the four finals on Wednesday evening went to four countries: Germany, Denmark, Greece and Italy.
After the brilliant victory with the world record of the German team four, the Dane Benjamin Hertz won the final in the 10 km scratch. Silver went to the Colombian Anderson Arboleda, bronze to the Chilean Jakob Thomas Decar.
The Greek Konstantinos Livanos won the Keirin Junior Competition ahead of Sam Gallagher (Australia) and the Indian Esow. Livanos and Gallagher had already led the field in the last lap and were able to keep up their final sprint until the end. Esow's tactic of trying to decide with a long final sprint did not work this time.
The last decision of the day was made in the team pursuit of the juniors. Giorgia Catarzi, Alessio Camilla, Eleonora Gasparrini and Sofia Collinelli now wear the rainbow jersey of the world champion, who beat New Zealand in a heartbeat final with 4:26.060 minutes (4:26.067). The New Zealanders Emily Paterson, Samantha Donelly, Ally Wollaston and Mckenzie Milne had slightly covered the distance from the beginning, but had pushed back in the last laps. Bronze went to Great Britain (4:27.853) with Elynor Backstedt, Ella Barnwell, Eluned King and Sophie Lewis.
Frankfurt (Oder) In an extremely fast race right from the start, the German team four with Tobias-Buck Gramcko, Pierre-Pascal Keup, Nicolas Heinrich and Hannes Wilksch left no doubt about their ambitions to win gold in the final. The third in the European Championship immediately took a minimal lead against France in the team pursuit over 4000 m and let himself be driven further in the infield by the cheers of the more than 500 spectators on the stands and the athletes. With a new unofficial world record time of 3:58,793 the Germans secured the rainbow jersey of the world champion. Silver medallist France had also improved his record of 3:59.365, which had only been set 24 hours ago.
In the small final for bronze, the Russian four-man and European runner-up had for the first time screwed the 4000-m time of a junior four-man under the four-minute mark minutes earlier. He secured himself with 3:59.955 precious metal ahead of New Zealand.
The Indian sprint team of the boys had firmly calculated a podium place at the Junior World Championships in track cycling. "The team set an Asian record in January. That made us confident. The fact that we are world champions is all the more gratifying," describes head coach of the national team Rajendra Kumar Sharma. In the final Rojit Singh Yanglem, Esow Esow and Ronaldo Singh Laitonjam improved their Asian record by almost eight tenths of a second to 44.625 seconds. What made the joy even greater: With her performance, the first Junior World Champion of the subcontinent found his way into the headlines of the media on India's Independence Day.
Last year's runner-up world champion Esow was one of the favourites in the Keirin competition this morning. His coach knows: "Esow wants to try to win." The next chance for a medal is now in sight. In the quarter-finals Esow finished second in his group behind Konstantinos Livanos (Greece). The other quarter-finals were won by Australian Sam Gallagher and Dutchman Daan Kool as well as Muhammad Ridwan Sahrom (Malaysia) and Julien Jäger (Germany).
At the Junior World Championships, the Indians are also hoping for good placings in the individual sprints of the juniors. The big goal of the Indian sprinters is already fixed: the participation in the Olympic Games 2014 in Paris.
After two competitions in Cottbus, Sharma and his team of six juniors had been staying at the Olympic base in Frankfurt (Oder) since the beginning of July, where they could use all possibilities for track training and in the gym to prepare directly for the World Championships. "We feel at home here," says the head coach, who with his team of coaches is looking after over 60 talented children and teenagers at a UCI World Cycling Centre in New Delhi.
The second day of the Junior World Championships started with the preliminary sprint competitions for the juniors and the Keirin and Scratch competitions for the juniors.
At the start in the sprint races over 200 flying medal winners from the team sprint of the previous evening. Not unexpectedly Alessa-Catriona Pröpster (11.353) - second with Christina Sperlich in the team sprint - prevailed. The Czech Veronika Jabornikova (11.353) followed, followed by the French Taky Marie Divine Kouame and the British Emma Finucane (11.399). The quartet, which won the medals at the European Championships, is set for the round of sixteen. With a score of 11.496, she set her personal best, just like Pröbster. Katharina Albers from Germany set the fifth fastest time. With 11.496 she set the personal best time just like Pröbster.
In the 1st round in the Keirin of the juniors seven runs were held. After 500 meters behind a Derny rider three more laps had to be done. In his run favourite Esow from India delivered a strong tactical race. From his last position at the beginning of the last lap, last year's runner-up World Champion Esow pushed past the field of five and was the first to cross the line. European Champion Julien Jäger from Germany was able to win the 4th run from third position on the last 100 meters over the outside. After the hopeful run and the 2nd round the finals will take place on Thursday at 18.30 hrs.
Alessa-Catriona Pröbster and Christina Sperlich from Germany won silver in the team sprint with a time of 34.640. Gold went to Bingbing fan and Jing Luo from China (34,146). "We didn't know what was coming from the Chinese, only that the Poles are strong as European champions and the British as European champions. It went better for us than we had imagined", said Alessa-Catriona Pröbster, who was already World Champion a year ago with Lea-Sophie Friedrich, shortly after the award ceremony. In the qualification Katharina Albers had ridden together with Pröbster instead of Sperlich.
The German juniors Domenic Kruse, Julien Jäger and Laurin Drescher passed bronze (45.058) by very close and finished fourth. This medal was won by Great Britain in 45.009. There was huge applause already in the qualification for the Indian team, which had reached the fastest time there and also won the final with 44.625 completely surprisingly ahead of Australia (44.681). The Indian national team had been preparing for the Junior World Championships at the Olympic base in Frankfurt (Oder) since the beginning of July.
The German team's fourth team also managed to beat a drum in the 1st round. In a direct comparison with New Zealand, he once again improved significantly compared to the qualification. For a short time it looked like a new junior world record for the team pursuer. But the corrected time of 4:00,420 meant another German record. The French had set a world record of 4:00.383 in the previous race. The final on Thursday evening promises to be very exciting.
Immediately before the final, Toni Kirsch, Vice President of the UCI, opened the Junior World Championships. He stressed that athletes from all continents were represented. For Egypt, host in one year, and Nigeria it is the first participation. Brandenburg's Minister of Education, Britta Ernst, expressed her pride in the fact that the World Championships will take place in Frankfurt (Oder). "It's great that so many international audiences have come." She emphasized that in the country schools and clubs work very well together in the field of competitive sports and at the same time they make sure that young athletes receive a very good school education.
Frankfurt's Lord Mayor René Wilke said: "It's nice that the hall is so full. We are proud of the team around Dan Radtke from the Frankfurt Cycling Club and of the sports centre, which have done a great job". The opening ceremony will be remembered by the young cyclists from several East Brandenburg clubs, who represented the 48 nations with country signs and in their respective national jerseys. They were accompanied by cheerleaders from Frankfurt's Red Cocks.
Already during their invasion coaches and attendants of many nations took out their mobile phones for photos of "their representatives". Afterwards, there were further possibilities. For example, Japanese athletes who had just come in from outside took Simon Nickel in Japan's jersey into their midst. Simon, who trains at RSG Fredersdorf, finds Keirin and sprint competitions the most exciting. Moritz Drews from Strausberg, who rides for the FRC 90, is also proud to have been there in Egypt's jersey: "It means a lot to me. It's great that the World Championships take place in Germany." The "Finn" Amy Sadzio from Petershagen, like Simon and Moritz sports student in Frankfurt, emphasised another aspect: "It's nice that we were also allowed to run in for those countries that only have one participant".
The first World Championship title of the 2019 Junior World Championships goes to Australia. Ella Sibley was able to get the decisive lead in the scratch on the last half lap over 7.5 km. Catalina Anais Soto Campos (Chile) won silver ahead of Ella Barnwell (Great Britain), both of whom had put on the final sprint. In the race over 30 laps, riders from Uzbekistan, Colombia and Belgium, among others, had attempted to escape. Seven laps before the end, the field of the best 24 riders clearly increased their pace. At the moment, when the mail was going faster and faster, the mood on the spectator stands also increased. Applause for the World Champion. The German rider Lea Waldhoff finished fifth.
As for the young ladies, the juniors also had 4000 m in the team pursuit. Nigeria and Switzerland went into the 16-round competition with a false start. No problem: The rules allow a second attempt. The Canadians also had to sort themselves out. One rider had a problem with the right pedals right after the start and crashed. Because the mishap happened within the first half lap, the team was able to start again after eliminating the problem. Trouble hit Australia. Quickly started into the race, an athlete crashed after a few laps and the team of three could only continue the race far apart, which cost strength and thus a good placement. The spectators applauded for the drive-through.
The evaluation of the first 15 of 18 started teams saw Russia, France and Denmark in front. As the penultimate team, the Germans underpinned their claim to a place in the final right from the start. At almost 60 kilometers per hour, they were already on their way with the fastest time after 1000 meters. Moritz Kretschy had the lead broken off after a long lead, but Tobias Buck-Gramcko, Nicolas Heinrich and Hannes Wilksch kept up the high pace and crossed the finish line after 4:02.519 minutes, just one second past the German record set at the European Championships. They could also not be banned from 1st place in the qualification by the New Zealanders as defending champions with a completely new team at the start. Russia (4:02.771) and France follow on 2nd and 3rd place, followed by New Zealand. For the men's teams, the first round is scheduled for Wednesday evening with the pairings Canada/Italy, Denmark/South Korea, Russia/France and Germany/New Zealand.
After the qualification in the first mass competition, the scratch of the juniors, the finals of the best 24 with the German Lea Waldhoff will take place right after the opening ceremony.
At 10 a.m. there was a queue at the entrance, the grandstand was already full at the beginning of the competitions, as was the press area. 300 participants from 48 nations are on the official list of participants. The Junior World Championships started with the qualification of the juniors in the team pursuit. Ten teams were at the start. Italy and New Zealand delivered the fastest times. They had already agreed on the first two podium places a year ago. Russia entered the next round with the third-best time, followed by the German national team with its second-fastest time ever. "There are still some reserves," says junior national coach Lucas Schädlich with a view to the first lap with the best eight teams in the qualifying. On Thursday afternoon South Korea/Australia, Canada/Great Britain, New Zealand/Russia as well as Italy and Germany will fight for the final places.
Frankfurt's cityscape has become more colourful in recent days: Again and again, groups of young cyclists in their national jerseys are on their way to training sessions in and around Frankfurt. They are among the participants of the Junior World Championships.
The great journey has been completed. By Friday all participants have arrived. Frankfurt (Oder) is looking forward to welcoming the 313 juniors from 48 nations as well as their coaches, physiotherapists, mechanics and other caregivers. We wish them an optimal training in the Oderlandhalle in the next days.
The Association of German Cyclists has announced the participants for the Junior World Championships from 14 to 18 August in Frankfurt (Oder). 20 juniors are part of the hopeful German line-up, several of them contributed to the strong medal score at the European Junior Championships in Belgium just two weeks ago with 13 medals. The most successful were Alessa Pröbster and Julien Jäger (www.bdr-Medienservice.de). We wish them all continued good preparation.
The Junior World Championships cannot be staked without the financial help of many. "We are receiving generous support from the region and are very grateful for it," stressed head of organisation Dan Radtke at a press event in Frankfurt's Oderlandhalle. Around 25 companies and institutions are indispensable sponsors of the first World Championships in the Oderstadt, alongside the federal government and the state of Brandenburg.