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Canada’s Cowan 12th in U23 Men’s Time Trial at Road World Championships + Junior Women’s TT & PHOTOS

report by Cycling Canada
Alec Cowan [P] Chris Auld
October 10, 2016 (Doha, Qatar) – Alec Cowan of Calgary, Alberta, was the top Canadian rider on the opening day of the Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar, finishing 12th in the Under-23 Men’s Time Trial, on Monday. Laurie Jussaume of Contrecoeur, QC, was the top Junior Woman for Canada, finishing 25th.

Laurie Jussaume [P] Chris Auld
Riders faced temperatures in the high-30s and constant sun, on a technical, twisting course for the time trial.  The circuit took riders around an artificial island called The Pearl, with the Junior women doing one lap of 13.7 kilometres and the Under-23 men two laps for 28.9 kilometres.

Erin Attwell (CAN) [P] Cor Vos
For both Jussaume and Erin Attwell of Victoria, BC, it was their first world championships.  Attwell had a strong start, sitting 25th at the first split, but faded towards the end to finish 27th.  Jussaume had a slower start and was 28th at the halfway mark, but recorded the 22nd fastest time for the second half of the race to finish 25th.  Karlijn Swinkels of the Netherlands won the world title.

Laurie Jussaume [P] Chris Auld
Erin Attwell [P] Chris Auld
“I was hoping for a top-15 today,” admitted Attwell.  “That didn’t happen and I think the weather played a big role.  The course was pretty technical and I did my best to pick the best lines.  I’m happy with how I rode and did to the best of my ability.  I just didn’t have the legs today for a top-15.”

Sean Mackinnon [P] Chris Auld
Sean Mackinnon [P] Chris Auld
Sean Mackinnon [P] Chris Auld
In the Under-23 men’s race Canada also had two entrants; Cowan and Sean MacKinnon of Hamilton, ON.  MacKinnon rode a consistent race and was 19th after the first lap, improving to 16th by the finish.  Cowan had a slower build-up in his ride; 34th at the first split, 22nd by the end of the first lap and continuing to improve through the second lap, to finish 12th.

Alec Cowan [P] Chris Auld
The surprise champion was Marco Mathis of Germany, who was only the second rider to start and held the lead through the entire field.

Marco Mathis [P] Cor Vos
U23 Men's TT podium [P] Cor Vos
“This was definitely the hottest race I’ve ever done!” commented Cowan after his ride.  “The time trial probably took about three years off my life … but, seriously, I’m really happy with my result.”

Alec Cowan [P] Chris Auld
The Road World Championships continue until Sunday, with the Junior Men and Elite Women time trials taking place on Tuesday.

Alec Cowan [P] Chris Auld
Alec Cowan [P] Chris Auld




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