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Lucy Benezet Minns Takes 4th in Junior Women's Time Trial At Road World Championships
By Gavin Quinn, Communications Officer, Cycling ireland
10 Aug 2023,
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Lucy Benezet Minns has finished 4th in the Junior Women's Time Trial after a stellar performance in her first Road World Championships.
Lining out in Thursday's Time Trial, Benezet Minns and Aine Doherty represented Ireland in a talented field of the world's best.
A fast 13.4km route that featured a steep final climb to the gates of Stirling Castle, riders left it all on the road in their pursuit of the rainbow jersey.
Setting a blistering early pace, Benezet Minns passed the intermediate time check in fourth place with still a number of riders to follow.
And the first year junior rider pushed hard on the final climb to hold on to that fourth place provisionally as some of the big favourites approached.
But Benezet Minns' time proved a difficult one for many to best and as the final riders crossed the line, a strong performance was underlined by an impressive result.
Benezet Minns reflected on a good performance:
“It was pretty good. I went out pretty hard, I was a bit worried I had over cooked myself! I think the course suited me with the kicker at the end as well. I thought I had gone out too hard but in hindsight I did pretty good job pacing, and I had nothing left but that’s the way you want to finish.”
Still with limited experience competing in top level time trials, Lucy has shown she’s more than capable of riding against the best in the world.
She added: “I’ve only done one UCI Time Trial so far this year and that was on a course that didn’t suit me, and it was my first time ever riding that bike so, but yeah it’s really good and hopefully I can come back next year and to get a better result which would be great.”
Aine Doherty was also competing today in the Junior Women’s Individual Time Trial place spending some time in the hotseat as the provisional leader in the standings as she set an early benchmark.
Ultimately finishing in 33rd place, the result represents a promising performance in her first World Championships.
Aine Doherty said:
“It was a tough course, but I gave it everything today so I’m happy enough with my performance.”
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