Germany Wins Double Gold as World Championships Begin
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Under a cobalt blue sky and a warming sun, Bianca Kn?pfle and Marcus Fothen each won a gold medal and donned rainbow jerseys in the Women?s Juniors Time Trial and the Men?s Under 23 Time Trial respectively.
Knopfle, a pert 18-year-old blond from the southern German town of
Fothen, a rising star in German cycling, dominated his competition with a time of 38:35.29, for an average speed of 47.118 km per hour over two laps of the short time trial course. Niels Scheuneman of the
Knopfle was overcome on the podium as the German national anthem was played. She said later, ?I can?t imagine that I won the medal ? it?s incredible, I don?t know what to say.? She said that Tuesday?s time trial was only her fourth or fifth time trial ever.
Fothen credited his win to the fact that he had already signed a professional contract. ?It?s good to know what the future holds,? he said. He had seventh and fifth-place finishes at the previous two World Championships in the Men?s Under 23 time trial.
?I had a good feeling when I woke up this morning,? he said. ?It?s a hard [course) ? very hard to find a rhythm with all the ups and downs. But I decided -- today it was all or nothing.?
Conditions for Tuesday?s racing were near perfect. After a chilly morning, the temperature climbed to near 20C by mid-afternoon. Fothen and Scheuneman said there was a head wind at the top of the course?s climb up the Niagara Escarpment from
The short and long time trial courses and the road racing courses all take riders up and down the Niagara Escarpment, a ridge that rises over 200 metres and travels through
Here?s what?s in store for the rest of the week at the 2003 World Championships: