September 2, 2005 – Russia’s Yury Trofimov (RUS) played the cat in the espoir men’s World Championship race in Livigno, Italy. He won the race after stalking last year’s junior men’s champion, Nino Schurter (SUI), until the very end.
Trofimov, riding most of the race with Switzerland’s Lukas Flueckiger (SUI), reeled in Schurter, and caught his quarry with only a few kilometers to go in the final lap. Trofimov managed to edge out Flueckiger for first place, with only one second separating the two. Schurter, who reportedly had mechanical problems, held on for third place and the bronze medal.
The Canadian men had a challenging race on the gruelling course. Espoir National Champion Max Plaxton (CAN) abandoned. Andrew Watson (CAN) delivered the best Canadian result with a solid 26th. Frederic Bussieres (CAN) was 40th, Martin Lazarski (CAN) placed 41st and Matthew Hadley (CAN) finished 53rd.
With steep climbs and high altitude, this year’s World Championship cross-country course is especially difficult. The route is low in technical challenges and generally favours strong climbers.
The elite men and women race on Sunday.
1. Yury Trofimov (RUS) 2:17:30
2. Lukas Flueckiger (SUI) at 0:01
3. Nino Schurter (SUI) 1:55
4. Jakob Diemer Fugslang (DEN) 2:41
5. Philip Spencer (GBR) 3:09
6. Rudi Van Houts (NED) 3:10
7. Benjamin Rudiger (GER) 3:28
8. Daniel McConnell (AUS) 4:35
9. Tony Longo (ITA) 4:49
10. Gion Manetsch (SUI) 5:48
26. Andrew Waston (CAN) 12:27
40. Frederic Bussieres (CAN) 17:39
41. Martin Lazarski (CAN) 18:09
53. Matthew Hadley (CAN) 23:49
DNF Max Plaxton (CAN)