News – Doull 5th in Worlds TT


Britain’s Owain Doull is 5th in Under 23 World Championship time trial in the USA a week after 3rd in the Tour of Britain

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News – Doull 5th in Worlds TT

A week after he made a lot of people sit up and take notice at the Tour of Britain with 3rd overall, Great Britain’s Owain Doull finished fifth in the Under 23 individual time-trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Richmond (USA).

The team Wiggins rider completed the 30km (19 miles) in 37.46sec, just 36 seconds down on the gold medallist Mads Würtz Schmidt. Doull said afterwards to Skysports “I’m pretty pleased. I didn’t do a great deal of preparation going into it because I was concentrating on the Tour of Britain and the World Road Race on Friday. I was hoping for maybe a top-10, so to get a top-five, I’m pretty happy with that”.

“I have never done a major European or world under-23 time-trial championship before, so I was going into the unknown a bit and didn’t know where I would stand. It bodes well for the future.”

Doull’s teammate Scott Davies, the double Under 23 British championship was 34th. In the Junior Women’s event, 30 years after her mother Lisa rode the Worlds in America, Abby-Mae Parkinson competed for Great Britain, finishing 24th with her teamate Lizzie Holden 32nd.

Disappointment for Mullen
Last years Silver medallist, Ryan Mullen, racing for Ireland, was 11th in the Men’s Under 23 event while NFTO rider, Eddie Dunbar (Ireland) was 38th in the same event. Last year’s silver medallist Mullen started second last of the 50 riders by which time drizzle had begun to fall at the start line.

At the first intermediate time check after 7.5km, Mullen had lost 25 seconds and, though he improved on the more open second half of the first lap, the damage was already done. Mullen was 16th at the end of the first of two 15km laps, 11th at the final check with 7.5km to go and retained that position to the finish to finish 49.99s behind the race winner Mads Wurtz of Denmark.

Riding earlier in the starting order, Cork’s Eddie Dunbar finished in a time of 39m45.51s, 2.34 behind Wurtz and good enough for 38th position. Dunbar is back in action on Friday when he rides the 162.2km Under-23 Road Race at 17.45, Irish time.

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