Joshua Tarling, the 19-year-old Welsh thoroughbred of Ineos Grenadiers, won the European Time Trial Championship in Emmen. On the flat course, Tarling was more than 40 seconds faster than the Swiss Stefan Bissegger and Wout van Aert. Yves Lampaert took the 9th place.
The multiple winner from Switzerland, the fantastic Belgian or the 19-year-old British super talent?
Stefan Kung, Wout van Aert and Joshua Tarling had a wonderful fight on the flat billiard streets in and around Emmen.
At the first intermediate point, the three men each recorded a difference of 5 seconds. Tarling saw an average of 61 km / h on his bike computer.
He kept this pace well, while his opponents had to tilt their heads more for the change of wind. The Briton increased the lead to half a minute, thousandths separated Van Aert from the Swiss opponent.
The latter fell with an ugly bang. With a broken helmet and a torn cycling suit, Küng still crossed the finish line. He could logically forget about the medal.
Although this did not automatically mean silver for Wout van Aert . The Belgian champion fell silent and finally had to admit defeat to his Swiss compatriot Stefan Bissegger. Although Van Aert mainly has other news from teammate Nathan Van Hooydonck in mind.
The sporting conclusion remains the same: there are no limits to the young phenomenon Joshua Tarling. Three-quarters of a minute before the end, he makes a statement, which is distributed throughout Europe.
Tarling: “I felt weaker than at the World Cup”
At the World Championships he already impressed with bronze after Remco Evenepoel and Filippo Ganna, at this European Championship Joshua Tarling was the first.
“I felt weaker than at this World Championship,” the winning girl surprised.
“The wind made it difficult. You had to be able to maintain the performance because of the changing wind, and that made it difficult.”