Chloe Dygert won gold for the USA in the junior women's individual time trial at the Cycling Road World Championships on Monday, while Mads Wurtz Schmidt topped the standings for Denmark in the men's under-23 time trial.
In the women's event, the USA also grabbed silver with Emma White coming in second, while Australia bagged bronze thanks to Anna-Leeza Hull, who finished third for the second consecutive year.
Here are the full results from the junior women's time trial:
|Junior Women's Time-Trial Results|
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Chloe Dygert (United States of America)||0:20:18|
|2||Emma White (United States of America)||0:01:06|
|3||Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia)||0:01:26|
|4||Pernille Mathiesen (Denmark)||0:01:30|
|5||Juliette Labous (France)||0:01:36|
|6||Aafke Soet (Netherlands)||0:01:41|
|7||Daria Pikulik (Poland)||0:01:41|
|8||Gillian Ellsay (Canada)||0:01:45|
|9||Agnieszka Skalniak (Poland)||0:01:47|
|10||Emeliah Harvie (Canada)||0:01:49|
The 18-year-old came into the event with great pedigree as the USA's junior national champion, and Dygert showed her credentials as she flew out of the traps.
The youngster raced through the 15-kilometre course in a lightning-fast 20 minutes and 18 seconds made all the more remarkable after spending 2014 recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
At the first intermediate check, White was the closest to Dygert at a full 12 seconds behind, demonstrating her strong finish as she ended up over a minute ahead of her compatriot, per Peloton Watch:
According to CyclingNews.com, she said:
I felt OK. This is my first hard effort in a while, I've been sick, so I didn't know what to expect. I'm happy with what I was able to do.
It was a miserable ride, but I did it. I couldn't have done it without all the support from my friends and family. It was more of a mental thing of being sick and not being able to do well. The support got me to where I was today.
Like Dygert, the intermediate check shows Hull's excellent second half to her race. Seventh at the halfway point, her outstanding late surge saw her overhaul four riders, including 2014 silver medallist Pernille Mathiesen.
Per CyclingNews.com, she said: "I loved the end, the technical section and the hill really suited me. I had to bring it home, and I knew that's where I'd make up a lot of time if I wanted to podium."
In the men's race, Schmidt triumphed ahead of Germany's Maximilian Schachmann and Lennard Kamna in a much closer encounter than the women's.
The Dane was clearly ecstatic with his victory, per cycling reporter Daniel McMahon:
Here are the men's results:
|Men's Under-23 Time-Trial Results|
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Mads Wurtz Schmidt (Denmark)||0:37:10|
|2||Maximilian Schachmann (Germany)||0:00:13|
|3||Lennard Kamna (Germany)||0:00:21|
|4||Truls Engen Korsaeth (Norway)||0:00:37|
|5||Owain Doull (Great Britain)||0:00:37|
|6||James Oram (New Zealand)||0:00:38|
|7||Miles Scotson (Australia)||0:00:41|
|8||Thery Schir (Switzerland)||0:00:42|
|9||Marlen Zmorka (Ukraine)||0:00:43|
|10||Daniel Eaton (United States of America)||0:00:44|
As noted by CyclingNews.com, he benefited from starting early, as poor weather affected the later riders.
UCI captured the downturn in the weather:
Despite being one of the final three riders out, Kamna was particularly impressive as he captured a bronze medal and just 21 seconds behind Schmidt might have challenged for a gold had he started early.
Here is the updated schedule for the championships:
|Cycling Road World Championships Schedule|
|Sep 22||Junior Men TT|
|Elite Women TT|
|Sep 23||Elite Men TT|
|Sep 25||Junior Women|
|Sep 26||Junior Men|
|Sep 27||Elite Men|
Tuesday will see the junior men take to the road for their time trial before the elite women face off with the likes of Lisa Brennauer and Christine Majerus potentially in contention.
Luxembourg national champion Majerus unfortunately suffered an early puncture in the team time trial on Sunday, but the 28-year-old could stand to benefit from her misfortune with fresher legs on Tuesday.