Yevgeniy Fedorov wins the title among hopefuls at the Worlds

With Bastien Tronchon, Paul Penhoët and especially Romain Grégoire, notably winner earlier this season of Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23 and a stage of the Tour de l'Avenir, the French hopefuls had great ambitions during the online race for the Worlds, this Friday in Wollongong (Australia). But if the three riders mentioned were indeed present in the group of cadors in the final, none could prevent Yevgeniy Fedorov from winning by dominating a two-man sprint against the Czech Mathias Vacek.

The Kazakh had the good idea to slip into a quartet at the start of the last lap which also included Mathis Le Berre - but the Frenchman, who had already left in the breakaway of the day, no longer had enough strength to compete. At the top of the final passage on the coast of Mount Pleasant, the justice of the peace of the Australian circuit, Fedorov had only Vacek left in his wheel and the chasing group, clocked in at around twenty seconds, could never come back. Tronchon tried to attack at the top of the bump with Grégoire in his wheel, then the two riders sprinted for Penhoët, but all these attempts proved fruitless.

Fedorov, he ended up easily dominating Vacek, visibly exhausted in the last hectometres. The rider from the Astana-PremierTech team thus won the best victory of his career and became the second Kazakh world champion under-21 after Alexey Lutsenko, crowned in 2012. The podium of the day is completed by Vacek, therefore, and by the Norwegian Soren Waerenskjold, 3rd. Penhoët, first Frenchman, is 8th.

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