RusVelo rider Artem Ovechkin clocked the 3rd best time in the elite individual time trial Russian championships winning his second consecutive bronze in this event. He finished 50 km-long race in 1.03.02, at the average speed of 47.594 km/h. Two Katusha teammates, Anton Vorobyev and Sergey Chernetsky took first and second. The 25 km-long course was set on a broad highway, the fact that made the ascents and descents visually less impressive. Yet it turned out a very hard test of different time trialist’s qualities, including weather resistance: the air under the leaden skies was just slightly warmer than 10° C; it was raining all the time with frequent gusts of northwestern wind.
Artem Ovechkin said:
“A medal is a medal, but I can’t help feeling a bit disappointed. The form is here, but the weather proved too much for me – I did a lot of specific training in Spain, it was hot out there, and who could expect conditions like that at the end of June? Cold weather has always been a problem for me, I’m too skinny for that. As to the course, it was OK, a little less hilly than I would like. Well, I’ll keep on trying to break this spell of being third”.