Tomas Paprstka of the Czech Republic gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about by winning the opening Junior men’s race at the cyclo-cross World Championships in Tabor on Saturday.
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Paprstka pipped Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe on the line after traversing the icy course in 40 minutes and 30 seconds. Emiel Dolfsma (Netherlands) came home third, nine seconds adrift of the lead pair.
Great Britain’s Thomas Moses finished in 36th spot, just ahead of compatriot Luke Gray in 37th. Luke Grivell-Mellor (Great Britain) was 50th.
Revelling in the freezing conditions, Polish brothers Pawel and Kacper Szczepaniak placed first and second in the Under-23 men’s race. Arnaud Jouffroy (France) completed the podium positions, taking third.
Great Britain did not field any riders in the Under-23 event.
The elite men and women’s races take place on Sunday, January 31. Great Britain is represented by Jody Crawforth, Paul Oldham and Ian Field in the men’s race, and the strong quartet of Helen Wyman, Gabby Day, Nikki Harris, Annie Last in the women’s.
Tomas Paprstka takes the sprint win ahead of Julian Alaphilippe to win the Junior men’s race
Pawel Szczepaniak takes the Under-23 men’s title