Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
14 Oct 2016
4:26 pm

Junior riders struggle against global elite

Wesley Botton

The championships will come to a close with the elite men's and women's road races this weekend.

No South African riders were able to make an impact among the world’s best teenage riders in the junior men’s and women’s road races at the Road Cycling World Championships in Doha on Friday.

Nicolene Marais was the top SA rider in the women’s age group contest, crossing the line in 49th position, near the back of a large lead peloton in a bunch sprint won by Italian rider Elisa Balsamo.

Devin Short finished 66th in the junior men’s race, also forming part of a large that which left the chase too late.

The majority of the field crossed the line nearly two minutes behind Danish winner Jakob Egholm, who made a late break and held off a small chase group by seven seconds to secure the title.

The annual global championships will come to a close with the elite men’s and women’s road races this weekend.