A superb effort from sixteen-year-old debutant Patrick Eddy has seen him place inside the top twenty in the junior (under 19) men’s time trial at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships in Harrogate.
The 47th of 63 riders to set off down the ramp on Monday, reigning Australian champion Eddy powered over two laps of a 13.7km circuit around the town of Harrogate to sit eighth after completing his ride.
Eddy’s time of 40mins 30.40secs ultimately placed him nineteenth in the world after the remaining sixteen riders had completed their runs over the course.
“Tough, really tough, pretty long and I was happy to get it done,” said Bendigo’s Eddy. “It was awesome, had a lot of people cheering, it was so cool to be out there wearing the Aussie colours.
“Those last two kilometres I tried switching on the jets as much as I could, you have to give it all.
“I was happy to be that cooked at the end.”
In stunning scenes, Italian Antonio Tiberi won the event despite suffering a mechanical just moments after leaving the start ramp which forced him to change his bike. The Netherlands’ Enzo Leijnse and German Marco Brenner completed the podium.
Eddy will now turn his attention to Thursday’s 144.5km junior road race from Richmond in the Yorkshire Dales to Harrogate.
“A couple of easy days and reassess for the road race, it will be a good opportunity. I am really keen.”