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Watch: Italian junior Tiberi wins World Championships time trial despite start line mechanical

The Italian has earned some fans with his calm reaction to any early mechanical

Joe Robinson
23 Sep 2019

Italy's Antonio Tiberi captured the imaginations of the cycling public after winning the junior men's individual time trial despite having to change bikes in the first 100m.

The 18-year-old had barely reached the bottom of the start ramp before noticing he had already suffered a mechanical.

With a soignuer running alongside, Tiberi proved a cool customer calmly pulling up by his team car, gently placing his broken bike on the side before hopping on his replacement and getting his race underway.

While this could have been the end of his rainbow jersey bid, it eventually proved irrelevant as, despite the setback, the Italian managed to secure the win with a time of 38 minutes 28 seconds on the 28km Harrogate course.

Tiberi held off Dutchman Enzo Leijnse by eight seconds and Germany's Marco Brenner by 13 seconds to take the title in a performance that has earned him many fans.

Team Sunweb's Chad Haga took to Twitter to praise Tiberi's calmness writing: 'Complimenti, Antonio Tiberi! To stay calm after the mechanical on the start line and claw yourself into the race lead after a bike change is extremely impressive!'

Tiberi's victory was not the only one achieved against the odds, either. Russia's Aigul Gareeva claimed the junior women's time trial despite taking a wrong turn in the closing stages of the course.

In the final 300m, the young Russian accidentally followed the deviation for the race vehicles rather than turning onto the finishing straight. 

Quick to realise her error, Gareeva turned around, powered up the finish straight and crossed the line, narrowly taking the title ahead of Shirin van Anrooij of the Netherlands who finish four seconds down.

Third on the day was Great Britain's Elynor Backstedt, daughter of Swedish former pro and previous Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt.