Czech Paprstka pips France's Alaphilippe at the line to win the Junior World title. © Joe Sales

Czech Republic's Paprstka pips France's Alaphilippe at the line to win the Junior World title. © Joe Sales

by Dan Seaton

Tábor, Czech Republic - On an icy, frozen course, but under brilliant sunshine and relatively warm conditions, Czech junior Tomas Paprstka held off a late attack by France’s Julian Alaphilippe to take the first title of the 2010 World Championships. Paprstka’s ride, buoyed by a jubilant home crowd that lined the twisting, compact course, saw him surge from relatively deep in a group of about ten riders up to first, following a blazing attack during the third lap.

French racer Emilien Viennet took the holeshot, but fell just before the stairs and surrendered the lead to Belgian Gianni Vermeersch and Dutch racer Gert-Jan Bosmon, who took turns pushing the pace, feeling each other out through the first few laps. But Paprstka surged and opened a gap of maybe 20 meters over the rest of the race, leading from there until the final lap, when he was joined by Alaphilippe. But Alaphilippe could not quite match the Czech riders kick, and as the local fans went crazy, Paprstka grabbed the first rainbow jersey of the weekend by a wheel’s length.

“When I saw a gap, I started to believe I could win,” said Paprstka. “Even though it closed at the end, I believed I could win. I said to myself, ‘I can do it.’”

Alaphilippe told reporters he was saving energy for the homestretch. “I was trying to attack,” he said, “but my legs were too sore. So I wanted to stay behind Paprstka and see if I could beat him in the sprint. I’m surprised and very happy to be on the podium.”

Alaphilippe added that he rode behind World Cup winner David Van Der Poel, but went around when he saw him start to make mistakes. Van Der Poel made it into second position in the middle of the race, but faded badly at the end and finished eighth.

The best American racer, Cody Kaiser, was 33rd, about a minute ahead of Chris Wallace, who was 39th. Kaiser was riding into the top-thirty early in the race, when he fell hard coming down from the flyover and slid back into the forties before battling back. Kaiser told Cyclocross Magazine afterwards that he was really happy with his race. “The course was awesome,” he said. “On the pre-ride this morning, it was all frozen, so it was one of those things where, if you could relax and stay upright, you would probably do pretty well.”

Other American racers included Jeff Bahnson in 44th, Skyler Trujillo in 53rd and Matt Spinks in 57th.

Find complete coverage, photos, reports and replay our live coverage from Saturday and Sunday in our 2010 Tabor Cyclocross Worlds Coverage Center.

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Full Results:

PlaceBibNameCountryTime
125PAPRSTKA TomasCZECH REPUBLIC / REPUBLIQUE TCHEQUE0:40:30
219ALAPHILIPPE JulianFRANCE / FRANCE+00:00
37DOLFSMA EmielNETHERLANDS / PAYS-BAS+00:09
423LASAK MatejCZECH REPUBLIC / REPUBLIQUE TCHEQUE+00:19
510VERMEERSCH GianniBELGIUM / BELGIQUE+00:20
63BOSMAN Gert-JanNETHERLANDS / PAYS-BAS+00:39
720MENUT DavidFRANCE / FRANCE+00:48
82VAN DER POEL DavidNETHERLANDS / PAYS-BAS+00:48
99SWEECK LaurensBELGIUM / BELGIQUE+00:56
104VAN DER HEIJDEN MichielNETHERLANDS / PAYS-BAS+01:00
1126POLNICKY RadekCZECH REPUBLIC / REPUBLIQUE TCHEQUE+01:01
1211MERLIER TimBELGIUM / BELGIQUE+01:09
1321LE BRAS ClémentFRANCE / FRANCE+01:09
1433ECKMANN YannickGERMANY / ALLEMAGNE+01:11
1522VENTURINI ClémentFRANCE / FRANCE+01:14
1624BOROS MichaelCZECH REPUBLIC / REPUBLIQUE TCHEQUE+01:31
1755JUNGELS BobLUXEMBOURG / LUXEMBOURG+01:32
1827NIPL VojtechCZECH REPUBLIC / REPUBLIQUE TCHEQUE+01:40
1918VIENNET EmilienFRANCE / FRANCE+01:49
2012SWEECK DietherBELGIUM / BELGIQUE+01:53
2145FORSTER LarsSWITZERLAND / SUISSE+01:54
2234GEISLER JannickGERMANY / ALLEMAGNE+02:00
2348LESSNAU JanuszPOLAND / POLOGNE+02:00
246VAN POPPEL DannyNETHERLANDS / PAYS-BAS+02:14
2514TODARO Fabio AlfonsoITALY / ITALIE+02:14
2646MÜLLER LukasSWITZERLAND / SUISSE+02:27
2759GROSU Eduard MichaelROMANIA / ROUMANIE+02:28
2835BÖHM-GRÄBER WenzelGERMANY / ALLEMAGNE+02:32
298VANDEKINDEREN JensBELGIUM / BELGIQUE+02:32
3036LEHMANN JulianGERMANY / ALLEMAGNE+02:42
3137INSAUSTI Jon AnderSPAIN / ESPAGNE+02:50
3216ACQVAVIVA FrancescoITALY / ITALIE+02:56
3328KAISER CodyUNITED STATES OF AMERICA / ETATS-UNIS D’AMERIQUE+03:05
3449PILIS BartoszPOLAND / POLOGNE+03:06
3517SAMPARISI NicolasITALY / ITALIE+03:17
3642MOSES ThomasGREAT BRITAIN / GRANDE-BRETAGNE+03:24
3743GRAY LukeGREAT BRITAIN / GRANDE-BRETAGNE+03:28
3839RODRIGUEZ GUEDE PabloSPAIN / ESPAGNE+03:43
3931WALLACE ChrisUNITED STATES OF AMERICA / ETATS-UNIS D’AMERIQUE+04:08
4061DAHL KrisCANADA / CANADA+04:11
4138GONZALEZ FONTAN PauloSPAIN / ESPAGNE+04:14
4257THILTGES ScottLUXEMBOURG / LUXEMBOURG+04:16
4347LIENHARD FabianSWITZERLAND / SUISSE+04:20
4429BAHNSON JeffUNITED STATES OF AMERICA / ETATS-UNIS D’AMERIQUE+04:21
4564CARSON MackenzieCANADA / CANADA+04:21
4615SANTINI PietroITALY / ITALIE+04:27
4750CHALAS JaroslavSLOVAKIA / SLOVAQUIE+04:47
4813LORENZON RudyITALY / ITALIE+05:18
4956REICHLING LexLUXEMBOURG / LUXEMBOURG+05:31
5044GRIVELL-MELLOR LukeGREAT BRITAIN / GRANDE-BRETAGNE+05:55
5140GOIKOETXEA PeioSPAIN / ESPAGNE+06:18
5262ORANGE KiernanCANADA / CANADA+06:24
5330TRUJILLO SkylerUNITED STATES OF AMERICA / ETATS-UNIS D’AMERIQUE+06:27
5460STANCU GeorgeROMANIA / ROUMANIE+06:53
5558SCHWARMES TomLUXEMBOURG / LUXEMBOURG+07:17
5653MICHALEC MarekSLOVAKIA / SLOVAQUIE+07:38
5732SPINKS MattUNITED STATES OF AMERICA / ETATS-UNIS D’AMERIQUE+07:48
5863O’BRIEN ConorCANADA / CANADA+08:22
5952GEBRLIN LukasSLOVAKIA / SLOVAQUIE+08:34
6051HULA DanielSLOVAKIA / SLOVAQUIE-1LAP
6154PEDERSEN JonasDENMARK / DANEMARK-1LAP
41McLAY DanielGREAT BRITAIN / GRANDE-BRETAGNEDNF5
5TEUNISSEN MikeNETHERLANDS / PAYS-BASDNF5