Joshua Tarling, a 19-year-old Welsh Thoroughbred from Ineos Grenadiers, has won the European Time Trial Championship in Emmen. Tarling was more than 40 seconds faster on the flat track than Swiss Stefan Bissegger and Wout van Aert. Yves Lambart finished ninth.
The multiple winner from Switzerland, the Belgian stunner or the 19-year-old British super talent?
Stefan Kung, Voat van Aart and Joshua Tarling made a great battle on the flat pool roads in and around Emmen.
At the first intermediate point, each of the three masters recorded a difference of 5 seconds. Tarling saw an average speed of 61 km/h on the bike’s computer.
He maintained this pace well, while his opponents had to bend their heads more to the shifting winds. The Briton extended his lead to half a minute, and thousandths separated Van Aert from his Swiss competitor.
The latter fell into an ugly accident. With his broken helmet and torn cycling suit, Kong was still crashing through the line. He could logically forget the medal.
Although this does not automatically mean a silver medal for Wout van Aert. The Belgian champion fell silent and finally had to put up with another Swiss, Stefan Bissegger. Although Van Aert will have other news from teammate Nathan van Hooydonk on his mind.
The mathematical conclusion remains the same: the sky is the limit for young phenomenon Joshua Tarling. With three-quarters of a minute to go, he made a statement that would be heard across Europe.
Tarling: “I felt weaker than I was at the World Cup”
At the World Championships, he already impressed with bronze after Remco Evenepoel and Filippo Ganna, and at this European Championships Joshua Tarling was first.
“I felt weaker than I did in that World Cup,” the winning girl was surprised.
“The wind made it difficult. You had to be able to keep the power up because of the variable winds and that made it difficult.
|European time trial men:|
|1.||Joshua Tarling (GBr)||28.6 km by 31’30”|
|2.||Stefan Bissiger (Sui)||in 42″|
|3.||Woot Fan Art||43″|
|4.||Mikael Berg (Denin)||1’09”|
|5.||Mattia Cattaneo (Ita)||1’13”|
|European Cycling Championships program in Drenthe|
|Wednesday 9/20||Junior Women’s Time Trial (20.6 km)||9 am||Federica Venturelli (Italy)|
|Wednesday 9/20||Junior Time Trial (20.6 km)||10.25 am||Albert Witten Phillipsen (Den)|
|Wednesday 9/20||Trial of Time and Women’s Promises (20.6 km)||12:00||Zoe Backstedt (Britain)|
|Wednesday 9/20||Time Trial Men’s Promises (20.6 km)||1:05 pm||Alec Sigart|
|Wednesday 9/20||Women’s Elite Time Trial (29.5 km)||2:30 pm||Marilyn Rosser (Sui)|
|Wednesday 9/20||Men’s Elite Trial (29.5 km)||4:15 pm||Joshua Tarling (GBr)|
|Thursday 9/21||Time trial mixed relay for juniors||12.45 pm|
|Thursday 9/21||Time Trial Mixed Relay Elite/Promises||3:30 pm||Live on VRT1 from 3:30pm.|
|Friday 9/22||Men’s Oud Road Race (136.5 km)||9:30 am|
|Friday 9/22||Women’s Oud Road Race (108 km)||2:30 pm|
|Saturday 9/23||Junior road race (111 km)||9 am|
|Saturday 9/23||Women’s Elite Road Race (131.3 km)||1:45 pm||Live on VRT1 at 2:30pm|
|Sunday 9/24||Junior road race (69 km)||9 am|
|Sunday 9/24||Men’s Elite Road Race (199.9 km)||12.15 noon||Live on VRT1 from 2pm.|
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