Ponferrada: U23 Men - NORWAY

Australia controlled the race aiming to a bunch sprint but you can't control all and at the last lap the race exploded
Maybe Australia is going to regret: they didn't respond to any attack, neutralised any attempt to make the race harder keeping a very heigh pace. But in the finale they weren't there anymore and Caleb Ewan could just sprint for 2nd.
There was a break-away -Kustadinchev (RUS) and Schonberger (AUT), then a chasing group including Zepunkte (GER), Gebrezgabihier (ERI), Maidos (KAZ), Rodríguez (CHI), Hofstede (NED), Smit (RSA) and Van Rooy (BEL). They never got a big advantage. The French guy Latour attacks from the bunch and easily joined the chasers. Australia didn't react, all six in front pulling.

From the peloton Louis Meintjes attacked, joined and dropped the chasing group and was solo in front 44 km to go. Still the Australians didn't react.
Several riders were  bridging, jumping from the peloton to the chasing group, the gap still beeing slight. When Louis Meintjes got caught, 2 laps to go, there were 11 riders in front and serious attacks started: the French Ledanois, then the Portuguese Silva
The Autralian block cracked and the race got finally open.

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The Colombian Brayan Ramirez went away solo, the Italian Moscon followed but while he was chasing solo in the last descent he crashed. Gold ciao! and all together again but all over the road.
Embedded image permalinkOn the last and only serious climb, El Mirador, the Norvegian Bystrom got off the peloton, got a gap and it increased. 1 km to go his advantage was about 10'': enough.

Sven Erik Bystrom:
"I put all my power into the last climb, and then went full gas and nobody could follow me. I went super fast on the downhill and in the end I just kept it going. It was a nervous peloton, especially in the beginning, so I stayed at the back of the peloton. It's always like that at the Worlds. In the end it's more serious.”

1 Sven Erik Bystrom (Norway) 4:32:39  
2 Caleb Ewan (Australia) 0:00:07  
3 Kristoffer Skjerping (Norway)  
4 Tiesj Benoot (Belgium)
5 Sondre Hoist Enger (Norway)  
6 Iuri Filosi (Italy)  
7 Hernando Bohorquez Sanchez (Colombia)  
8 Ilya Davidenok (Kazakhstan)  
9 Silvio Herklotz (Germany)  
10 Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands)Embedded image permalink

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