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Megan Jastrab wins junior women’s World Championships Road Race

Joseph Delves
27 Sep 2019

Late attack sees another American win ahead of Belgian Julie de Wilde

American Megan Jastrab launched a late attack to win the Junior Women's Road Race at the 2019 World Championships and secure another success for the US at this year's Worlds.

Coming into the last few kilometres of the 215km race, Jastrab escaped the pack with Russia's Aigul Gareeva on a technical turn on the closing circuit.

Gareeva, having won the women's time trial earlier in the week, was initially unwilling to work with her American counterpart, realising Jastrab would likely have the better of her in the sprint.

Eventually, though, the threat of the bunch looming behind her convinced her to take a turn, but even then, by the finish line they had only a small advantage left to play with. That was just enough for Jastrab to stay clear in the run for the line, but Gareeva wasn't so lucky and found herself swamped by the fast-finishing pack, crossing the line fourth to end up with nothing to show for her efforts.

Instead it was Belgian Julie de Wilde who took silver, ahead of Dutch rider Lieke Nooijen.

Despite having ridden well throughout the day, Britain’s Elynor Backstedt found herself poorly positioned on the final corner and despite finishing strongly could only get as high as fifth over the line.

As with the junior men's race yesterday, the race was shaped by a number of crashes out on the course, despite the weather having improved over the treacherous conditions seen throughout the week.

Jastrab's win makes it three golds now for the US at this year's Worlds, following Chloe Dygert-Owen's women's time trial success and Quinn Simmons' win in the junior men's road race.

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