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Varese 2008: Adriano Malori of Italy wins the U23 Crono

Worlds08_medium Adriano Malori of Italy has won the first event of the World Championships in Varese, the U23 Crono. Malori rode an average speed of 48.389 km/h, to finish the course in 41.35.98. Patrick Gretsch of Germany finished 49 seconds down in second, while Cameron Meyer of Australia finished third at 1.04.36. Peter Stetina, the highest placed American, finished sixth at 1.24.58. American Tejay Van Garderen finished 42nd at 3.21.06. The highest placed Canadian was David Veilleux, 20th at 2.08. Full results (pdf) are available over at the UCI site. For non-pdf results, check

In his official interview, Marlori credited his decision to ride at 55x11 for his win. The current U23 Italian and European crono champion said it was "a truly indescribable day," and that "everything was perfect" for his ride. Malori added that he had worked "300% percent" over the last year for this victory. He finished fifth last year. Bronze medalist Cameron Meyer was also happy with his result. He was "content" and called the course "very difficult." He revealed that he had "a great fear that he would finish off of the podium." German Patrick Gretsch suffered a crash in a curve in the closing kilometers. Though he was satisfied with his second place finish, he was disappointed with his mistake.

Tomorrow, the Elite Women will contest the crono. The women's race covers 25 km. See the official calender for details. A start list (pdf) is available from the UCI.

Universal Sports is streaming it up, starting tomorrow. See their Calender for all the details.