Road Cycling

Pluimers wins another gold for hosts at European Road Cycling Championships –

Ilse Pluimers continued the Netherlands’ strong record at the European Cycling Union Road Championships with victory in the women’s junior road race.

The 17-year-old claimed the fourth Dutch win in the three days of racing in Alkmaar, taking gold in a time of 1hr 44min 14sec.

Pluimers led home a Dutch one-two, with team mate Sofie Van Rooijen five seconds back, while Kristina Nenadovic of France took bronze.

The under-23 women’s road race was won by Italy’s Letizia Paternoster as the 19-year-old continued to enhance her reputation as one of cycling’s brightest young talents.

Paternoster, who has a senior European Championships cycling gold under her belt from the team pursuit at Berlin 2017, led home a group sprint to win in 2:15.00.

Poland’s Marta Lach was on Paternoster’s rear wheel but was forced to settle for silver, while there was another home medal as Lonneke Uneken of Netherlands came third.

In the junior men’s road race, Itay’s Andrea Piccolo claimed his second medal of these Championships with bronze to follow his victory in the time trial.

Ukraine’s Andrii Ponomar cruised to gold, the 16-year-old winning by a mammoth 21 seconds in a time of 2:32.27.

Maurice Ballerstedt of Germany won silver.

The under-23s men’s road race and the women’s elite event are due to be held tomorrow.