Jeanson wins world junior cycling crown
TREVISO, ITALY (CP) -- Genevieve Jeanson did her homework before the road world cycling
championship and she aced her test by winning the world junior women's
individual time trial yesterday.
The 18-year-old from Lachine, Que., visited the site of the worlds in
February, checking out the curvy time trial course.
"It was an extremely technical course with 11 turns," said Jeanson who is
an administration student in Montreal.
"My coach (Andre Aubut) and I mapped out the best line to take to cut the
corners and gain as much time as possible.
"I had studied the course and my strategy for the race so well that I
hardly had to think about it during the race."
Jeanson is the first Canadian to win a world cycling title at the road
worlds in any event. She finished third in last year's time trial.
She was the second-last rider of the competition and clocked a winning time
of 14 minutes and 33 seconds over the 11-kilometre course.
Jeanson is known for her climbing abilities, but she posted an average
speed of 46 kilometres an hour.
Juliette Vanderkerkove of France was 11 seconds back. Defending champion
and the final rider of the day, Trixi Worrack of Germany, placed third, 23
Jeanson will compete in Friday's road race in Verona. She intends to
challenge a deep Canadian women's field for one of three spots on Canada's
In the men's under-23 individual time trial, Jose Ivan Gutierrez of Spain
took the gold medal with a strong finish to edge second-place Michael Rogers
of Australia by 1.5 seconds.
Yevgeny Petrov of Russia was third. Charles Dionne of St-Redempteur, Que.,
Lyne Bessette of Knowlton, Que., and Clara Hughes of Winnipeg try to copy
Jeanson's feat in the women's time trial today.