Great Britain’s Jon Dibben narrowly missed out on a medal in today’s junior men’s road race in Valkenburg.
Dibben had to settle for fifth in the 128km-long race which, despite the presence of the Cauberg so close to the finish, ended in a bunch sprint. Slovenia’s Matej Mohoric took the victory.
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However, the 18-year-old was not downbeat despite his near medal miss. “I wasn’t really looking to get a result in the road race, so finish in the top five, I’ve got to be happy with that,” he said.
“It was a really good team ride, and for the lead-out on the last lap for me was perfect, they put exactly where I needed to be. It was pretty close on the line.”
Three of his British team-mates – Tao Geoghegan Hart, Alex Peters and Germain Burton – finished within the bunch, with Christopher Lawless and Will Stephenson finishing slightly behind having worked for Dibben.
UCI Road World Championships 2012, junior men’s race
1. Matej Mohoric (Slo) 128km in 3-00-45
2. Caleb Ewan (Aus)
3. Josip Rumac (Cro)
5. Jon Dibben (Gbr)
21. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Gbr)
33. Alex Peters (Gbr)
36. Germain Burton (Gbr) all at st.
94. Christopher Lawless (Gbr) at 0-43
106. Will Stephenson (Gbr) at 1-54
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