Joshua Edmondson gave Great Britain another fourth place in the Junior World Championships today in Offida, Italy. His result in the road race behind winner, Frenchman Olivier Le Gac, came two days after Laura Trott’s fourth place in the women’s time trial.
“He was over the moon today with his fourth place,” said sports director, Keith Reynolds. “We talked about Laura’s fourth place last night and he said he would be happy with a fourth – he got it today.”
Today’s temperatures rose over 30°C, which made the 16-kilometre circuit that much harder than last year’s in Moscow. The circuit featured around 310 metres of climbing and the riders eight times for 160 kilometres and 2,500 metres of climbing.
Le Gac rode clear of a five-man escape on the final lap. Edmondson, 18, waited patiently in a 20-man group behind for the final one-kilometre climb. He sprinted for third from the group three seconds from Le Gac.
“It was more like a professional worlds, the reactions weren’t from the front, but with people going out the back,” continued Reynolds.
“We have all been telling him [Edmondson] to keep calm and save his legs, he did that today with good success. Josh rode a clever race, just sat and waited until the last lap.”
Edmondson finished behind Australian Jay McCarthy and defending champion, Belgian Jasper Stuyven.
British team-mate Tom Moses finished 17th. Adam Yates finished 71st, said Reynolds, but he did not figure in the organiser’s official results.