On his Speedmax CF: Katusha’s Vorobyev Wins U23 Men World Championship TT

Riding his Canyon Speedmax time trial bike, Katusha rider Anton Vorobyev (Russia) powered to victory in the Under-23 individual time trial at the World Championships in Valkenburg, Netherlands. 21 year old Vorobyev from Dmitrov, Russia had a great ride on the hard, hilly course to win and beat the Australian pre-race favorites Dennis and Howson.

Auf dem Speedmax CF zum Sieg: Anton Vorobyev ist U23-Weltmeister im Zeitfahren

Vorobyev explained post-race, “I am so happy! My dream came true! I followed this dream for a long time, was really close to it last year, but finally I’ve won the gold medal of the World Championships. I can’t describe my feelings in this moment. This is unbelievable. My medal is the medal of the entire Katusha/Itera-Katusha team, it’s the medal of the Russian Global Cycling Project. I would like to thank Mr. Igor Makarov, our sponsor the Itera company and the whole Project for the support provided to the team and me personally during all these time. I want to thank everyone for the chance they give to realize my dream – to win the gold medal of the World Championships for Russia.”

Katusha Team General Manager Hans-Michael Holczer said post race “We are very pleased with Anton’s performance. When he just missed the podium last year, we knew he could come back well and win it all, and he did. In the early season, we made the decision not to take him in the ProTeam but to keep him in the Continental team and give him help with the technical side with our equipment manager Michael Rich and on the coaching side with Sebastian Weber.”

Auf dem Speedmax CF zum Sieg: Anton Vorobyev ist U23-Weltmeister im Zeitfahren

Vorobyev raced the 36km course at the fast average speed of 48.9km per hour, a fantastic performance on the hilly roads of the Limburg area. There were two major climbs on the course, the two-kilometre climb of the Sibbegrubbe and the final ascent of the famous Cauberg climb in the finale. Vorobyev was ahead at every time check, and he explained afterwards that he had made no special concessions to the difficulty of the course. “No, I just worked hard from the first metres,” Vorobyev said. “I was sure of myself and I hoped that I could win.”

UCI Road World Championships
Valkenburg, Netherlands, CM
September 17, U23 Men time trial: 36km
1. Anton Vorobyev (Russian Federation) 44:09.02 / 48.9kph average speed
9. Sergei Chernetckii (Russian Federation) @ 1.37,95

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