2012 Olympian Amber Neben (Lake Forest, Calif./Specialized-Lululemon) capitalized on her presence in the lead breakaway to ride to a fourth-place finish in the elite women’s road race at the 2012 UCI Road World Championships.
Neben was part of a five-woman breakaway that was eventually joined by Marianne Vos of the host country the Netherlands. Vos, the 2012 Olympic women’s road race champion, surged ahead on the final climb of the day and rode alone to the finish to earn the rainbow jersey. Neben followed 33 seconds behind her, and just 15 seconds off the medal stand behind third-place Elisa Longo Borghini of Italy.
Men’s U23 Road Race
The men’s U23 road race also took place on Saturday, and after more than 177 kilometers ended with a bunch sprint. Larry Warbasse (Traverse City, Mich./BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Cycling Team) scored a top 20 finish with his 18th place. Teammates Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Bontrager Livestrong Team) and Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass./Bontrager Livestrong Team), who suffered a mechanical in final few hundred meters, both finished, along with Warbasse, with the same time as the winner, Alexey Lutsenko of Kazakhstan.
Junior Women’s Road Race
The junior women kicked off the road race competitions on Friday. Despite crashes on the first lap that involved several Americans, Addyson Albershardt (Matthews, N.C./NOW and Novartis for MS) finished just 28 seconds back on winner Lucy Garner of Great Britain.
The 2012 UCI Road World Championships conclude on Sunday, September 23, with the junior men’s and elite men’s road races.
Junior Women’s Road Race (80.5 km)
1. Lucy Garner (GBR) 2:11:26
2. Eline Gleditsch Brustad (NOR) s.t.
3. Anna Zita Maria Stricker (ITA) s.t.
35. Addyson Albershardt (Matthews, N.C./NOW and Novartis for MS) + :28
65. Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Team TIBCO II) +8:46
67. Grace Alexander (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Development Squad) +8:48
73. Erin Donohue (Norwich, Vt./KMS/Start House Cycling Team) +20:18
U23 Men’s Road Race (177.1 km)
1. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ) 4:20:15
2. Bryan Coquard (FRA) s.t.
3. Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL) s.t.
18. Larry Warbasse (Traverse City, Mich./BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Cycling Team) s.t.
43. Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Bontrager Livestrong Team) s.t.
49. Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass./Bontrager Livestrong Team) s.t.
91. Joe Dombrowski (Marshall, Va./Bontrager Livestrong Team) + :31
Ian Boswell (Bend, Ore./Bontrager Livestrong Team) DNF
16. Evelyn Stevens (Dennis, Mass./Specialized-Lululemon) +4:37
29. Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) +4:49
33. Megan Guarnier (Mountain View, Calif./Team TIBCO-To the Top) +4:54
44. Kristin McGrath (Boise, Idaho/Exergy TWENTY12) +4:58
58. Andrea Dvorak (Crozet, Va./Exergy TWENTY12) +5:03
Shelley Olds (Gilroy, Calif./AA Drink-Leontien Cycling Team) DNF