Sunday, August 9, 2009

Rathe finishes 17th; top American at junior worlds

PHOTO: Rathe and his CMG teammates take the final Banana Belt in front of the Senior Men's field.

Veteran Oregon Category 1 & 2 riders who've had to get used to finishing behind 17- and 18-year-old competitors can take notice that one of the juniors they've been competing against is also among the 20 best young road racers on the planet.

Oregon junior Jacob Rathe (Hammer/CMG Racing) finished 17th Sunday at the UCI Junior Men's World Championship Road Race Sunday in Moscow on a tough former Olympics course that saw 60 of the 154 starters abandon.

The race was animated early with groups forming that contained most of the strong teams. USA rider Nathan Brown (Hot Tubes) made a 10-rider breakaway that stayed away for quite awhile and built a lead of nearly a minute before the bunch reeled them in with 16 km to go.

Another group of 11, this time absent any USA riders, got away with about 5km to go and finished 24 seconds ahead of the field. Rathe used his powerful finishing kick to grab 6th in the field sprint for 17th overall. Bend's Ian Boswell (Hot Tubes) crossed the line in 68th, 4:45 down.


UCI Junior Men's World Championship Road Race
Aug. 9, Moscow, Russia

1. STUYVEN, Jasper BEL 3:25:28 39.422
2. DEMARE, Arnaud FRA " "
3. HALLER, Marco AUT " "
4. GUILLEMOIS, Romain FRA " "
5. FREITAS, Daniel Alexnadre POR " "
6. DE BIE, Sean BEL " "
7. MCCARTHY, Jay AUS " "
8. LUDVIGSSON, Tobias SWE " "
9. SVESHNIKOV, Kirill RUS " "
10. WACKERMANN, Luca ITA 3:25:33 + 5
17. RATHE, Jacob USA 3:25:52 + 24
39. EASTMAN, Ryan USA " "
68. BOSWELL, Ian USA 3:30:13 + 4:45
74. CRADDOCK, Lawson USA 3:33:07 + 7:39

154 starters
94 finishers
60 DNF

Complete UCI results are HERE.