Germany dominated the Men Juniors and Women Elite individual time trials in Ponferrada on Tuesday, with Lennard Kamna and Lisa Brennauer proudly pulling on the rainbow jerseys over their German national team colours.
Brennauer used her mix of climbing ability and speed to win the women’s title. She stopped the clock in a time of 38:48 for the 29.1km course, beating Anna Solovey (Ukraine) by 18 seconds and Evelyn Stevens (USA) by 21 seconds. The course and rain for some riders made for a hard race, with 2013 world champion Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) finishing only seventh after fading in the finale of her ride as the rain poured down.
“I can’t believe it. I’m overwhelmed. I’m going to need time to know that it’s reality,” Brennauer said in tears after hugging her coach in celebration when she was declared the winner.
I had a really good day and knew I was riding well. I gave it all on the climb, took no risk on the descents and then went full gas to the finish.”
“It’s a great day for Germany. I saw the Juniors race this morning and it’s great we’ve both won world titles.”
Kamna takes the Men Juniors title
Lennard Kamna gave Germany its first title of the day on Tuesday morning and showed he could be the heir to Tony Martin’s time trialing crown in the Men Juniors event in Ponferrada.
The reigning European and German time trial champion set a time of 36:13 for the 29.5km course, beating Adrien Costa of the USA by 44 seconds, with Australia’s Michael Storer taking the bronze medal after finishing 58 seconds slower. Filippo Ganna finished fourth for Italy, with Zeke Mostov confirming the USA’s strength in depth by finishing fifth.
Kamna rode an intelligent race, pacing his effort well and staying in a tucked aerodynamic position as much as possible on the climbs, corners and descents.
“I’m very destroyed, very happy and very tired,” Kamna said after pulling on his world champion’s rainbow jersey.
“The last five kilometres of the course was the hardest part with the climb, particularly after 25km in the saddle. At the top of the climb, my coach said I had the best time, so I hoped I wouldn’t crash on the descent, but I thought by that part I would win.”
Kamna follows in the footstep of fellow Germans Tony Martin and Marcel Kittel, who are now both successful professional riders in the UCI WorldTour.
Martin is the favourite to win a third Men Elite time trial world title after taking the rainbow jersey in 2012 and 2013. Kittel won the Men Juniors time trial world title in 2005 and 2006.
Martin will be in action on Wednesday as the Men Elite compete over a distance of 47.1km. He could give Germany its third rainbow jersey of the 2014 UCI Road World Championships.