Updates: 23.06.2022 19:41
Kovářov (Písek Region) – Cyclist Jan Bárta won his seventh domestic time trial title at the joint Czech-Slovak Championships in Kovářov, South Bohemia. The second was the winner of last year’s road race Michael Kukrle, the third Jakub Otruba. Josef Černý, the defender of the championship from the duel with the chronometer, finished seventh today. Mathias Vacek confirmed his role as the favorite in the category of riders under 23, and Denisa Slámová surprisingly won among women.
Bárta, a 37-year-old Kyjov native who has long been one of the best Czech professionals, lasted for time gold in 2019. He triumphed four times in a row between 2012 and 2015 and in 2017. He finished last year in Bánovce nad Bebravou, Slovakia, and the year before last in Mladá Boleslav. equally second.
“I was well prepared for the race. The first five kilometers were not entirely ideal, I had to relax a bit, but then I got into a good pace and it was already good by the end. I knew after the first time that I was ahead, which I was encouraged. The others were losing, so I suspected that if I set a steady pace, it would turn out as best as I could, “said Bárta.
Bárta dominated the almost 40-kilometer-long track during his ride from start to finish. He managed it at 49:30, Kukrle was more than half a minute behind, Otrub’s deficit on the winner was 54 seconds.
“I started it well so that I wouldn’t get too hot in the heat and it finally worked out for me this year. It was a track up and down, which suited me. I still managed to keep a decent pace. Jakub Otruba and I drove evenly first, Honza Bárta “We are satisfied with the team,” Kukrle praised himself.
“It was an honest time trial, part against the wind and from the turn back uphill with the wind in the back. I drove the whole time trial constantly. I had no better moment or crisis and it was enough for third place. If I beat Kukrle and Bart, I would be even happier but these are my first stages of winners in the time trial in the elite category, so I am satisfied, “said Otruba.
The total dominance of the best domestic team Elkov Kasper was underlined by the fourth Adam Ťoupalík and the fifth Michael Boroš. The black race did not suit him, he lost over four and a half minutes to Bárta.
Last year’s junior European champion Vacek won on the same length of the track as the men in the elite category, one minute and 20 seconds ahead of Petr Kelemen. The twenty-year-old talent thus followed on from the four-year-old triumph from the championship time trial in the junior category, when he also won before Kelemen.
The Beroun native scored another success in the season, in the beginning of which he won a sensational stage victory in the WorldTour Around the UAE race. He could no longer intervene in the elite series later in the season, because his then team Gazprom-RusVelo was expelled from international events after the Russian invasion of Ukraine and suspended its activities.
Twenty-one-year-old Slámová won her first home triumph just before Nikola Bajgerová, the third was Petra Ševčíková. Defending champion Nikola Nosková finished fourth in Kovářov.
Slámová significantly improved her fifth place from last year’s time trial in Bánovce nad Bebravou, Slovakia. The Cyklotrenink racer managed the 19.8-kilometer track at 29:52 and won just half a second ahead of Bajger.
“I have been riding with a coach for two years, this is absolutely unbelievable. The goal was a box. I would not have thought of the first place at all,” Slámová told Czech Television. “The track was saddled for me. There were a lot of hills. Flat time trials don’t suit me very well,” added the athlete, who used to do athletics.
The third Ševčíková was almost 43 seconds behind, while Nosková lost another almost five seconds.
Eliška Kvasničková was the best among the juniors, Pavel Novák won the junior time trial.
Czech Road Cycling Championship in Kovářov – time trial:
Men (39.4 km): 1. Bárta 49:30, 2. Kukrle -31, 3. Bran -54, 4. A. Ťoupalík -2: 16, 5. Boroš (all Elkov Kasper) -2: 36, 6. Jakoubek (ATT Investments) – 3:22.
Women (19.8 km): 1. Slámová (Cyklotrenink) 29:52, 2. Bajgerová (Force KCK Zlín) same time, 3. Ševčíková (Dukla Praha) -43, 4. Nosková (Lawi junior team) -47, 5. Burlová (Lotto Soudal) – 53, 6. Hájková (BePink) -56.
Men under 23 (39.4 km): 1. M. Vacek (Příbram-Fany Gastro) 49:51, 2. Kelemen (Tudor Team) -1: 20, 3. J. Ťoupalík (Elkov Kasper) -1: 54.
Juniors (19.8 km): 1. Novák (Ciclistica Trevigliese) 25:53, 2. Telecký (Favorit Brno) -7, 3. Kadlec (Dukla Prague) -53.
Juniors (19.8 km): 1. Kvasničková (SportRaces Cycling) 29:45, 2. Němcová (Sportcomplex Břeclav) -1: 29, 3. Slaníková (Roman Kreuziger Cycling Academy) -1: 55.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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