Germany, in the under-23 category, and Italy, in the junior category, won today, in Anadia, Portugal, the European mixed relay team time trial titles.
The races, with teams of four riders – two from each gender – took place on the same 22-kilometre course where the individual time trials took place yesterday. In both age categories, the males competed first, passing the baton to the females at the finish line. In total, each team completed 44 kilometres.
The best time was set by Germany’s under-23, Maurice Ballerstedt, Tobias Buck-Gramcko, Ricarda Bauernfeind and Linda Riedmann, with 58m26s. The comfortable victory was due to the performance of the German women’s duo, as at the men’s passage six of the nine teams were separated by less than 25 seconds.
In the end, the Germans triumphed with a margin of 1m16s over the Swiss Fabio Christen, Arnaud Tendon, Jasmin Liechti and Annika Liehner and 1m49s over the Dutch Lars Boven, Tim Marsman, Mischa Bredewold and Femke Gerritse, who also climbed on the podium.
The Italian victory in juniors was born from an above average performance of the male duo, Alessandro Cattani and Nicolas Milesi, who gave the transalpines the best record, clear, in the first half of the race. Valentina Zanzi and Alice Toniolli, controlled the advantage and stopped the clock in 1h02m20s.
Germany, on the other hand, regained ground in the women’s time trial phase, finishing only 3 seconds behind Italy, which gave the silver medal to Louis Leidert, Fabian Wünstel, Hannah Kunz and Jette Simon. Estonia, through Oliver Rüster, Lauri Tamm, Elisabeth Ebras and Laura Sander, got the bronze, 42 seconds behind the winning team.
Tomorrow the road races will start. At 10h00 the starting gun will be fired for the 83.1 kilometres of the women’s under-19 race. The under-19 men will start at 14h00 and will complete 125.9 kilometres.