Lucy Garner took Great Britain’s first gold medal at this year’s UCI Road World Championships in the junior road race on Friday.
Garner, a first year junior from Leicester, powered away from the bunch in the final 100m to eventually win in Copenhagen by a comfortable margin ahead of Belgium’s Jessy Druyts and the home nation’s Christina Siggaard in third.
It was a perfectly-timed sprint as she first moved up to the back wheel of the leading riders, paused to catch her breath as she sat in fifth position, then powered away to the line.
Garner’s result was all the more remarkable as she had crashed heavily on the first lap, but quickly remounted and gained her composure to take the win.
Britain’s junior women now have one gold and one silver from their two races after Elinor Barker’s second place in the time trial. Great Britain now has four medals in total.
Road World Championships 2011: Junior women’s road race, 70km
1. Lucy Garner (GBr) in 1-46.17
2. Jessy Druyts (Bel)
3. Christina Siggaard (Den)
4. Manon Souyris (Fra)
5. Christina Perchtold (Aut)
6. Sheyla Gutierrez (Spa)
7. Lisa Kullmer (Ger)
8. Beatrice Bartelloni (Ita)
9. Kelly Markus (Ned)
10. Silvija Latozaite (Ltu) all same time
31. Amy Roberts (GBr) at same time
51. Hannah Barnes (GBr) at 31 secs
52. Elinor Barker (GBr) at 31 secs
Lucy Garner takes a comfortable win