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press releases 17.09.2012, 19:12
Itera-Katusha's Anton Vorobyev is new Under 23 ITT World Champion

Anton Vorobyev, Itera-Katusha’s Russian rider won gold medal in Under 23 individual time trial of the UCI World Road Championships in Holland.

Russian Anton Vorobyev, rider of continental team Itera-Katusha and trainee of World Tour Katusha Team won gold medal in Under 23 individual time trial of the UCI World Road Championships inHolland. The race has constituted 36 km from Landgraaf to Valkenburg.

Vorobyev showed the absolutely best time – 44.09,02 and for the first time in his career worn the rainbow jersey of new U23 ITT World Champion.

Australian Rohan Dennis, who took silver medal, lost +44,39, while another Australian Damien Howson, who did third, lost +51,12.

- I am so happy! My dream came true! I followed my sweet dream for a long time, was really close to it, but finally I won gold medal of the World Championships today. I can’t describe you my feelings I have at this moment. This is unbelievable. My medal – is the medal of the whole team Itera-Katusha, is the medal of the Russian Global Cycling Project. I would like to thank Igor Makarov, Itera company and the whole Project for that support provided to the team and me personally during all these time. The same, I want to thank for the chance they give to realize my dream – to win gold medal of World Championships for Russia, - said Anton VOROBYEV.

Another Itera-Katusha’s rider Sergei Chernetckii finished 9th, he lost +1.37,95 to Anton Vorobyev.

- I am really happy today! Indeed, we planed to fight for a medal today, while Anton had a strong motivation to fight for a victory. Finally we have gold medal for Russia. Its fantastic! We worked hard for that medal – we built a good work inside the team during the season, we planned right races for Anton. He was close for many times, but today he had all stars in his arms. This is not a surprise victory – of course, we have the generation changing in youth cycling, but thanks to the Russian Global Cycling Project now we have a chance to come back to the level we had some times ago. We have riders, who can show great results in individual time trial, but also, we have really strong riders, who already have fine results in road races at the highest international level. We can say, Russian youth cycling is growing up and is reaching great development. Itera-Katusha proves it during the whole season, Anton Vorobyev proved it today, winning gold medal. I want to thank all people, who has believed in our team, in our Project, - said Nikolay MOROZOV.

Anton Vorobyev is the first Russian rider who won gold medal in U23 ITT of the UCI World Road Championships since Mikhail Ignatyev became World Champion in 2005.