Severine Eraud wins time trial

FLORENCE, Italy -- Severine Eraud of France won the junior time trial at the road cycling world championships Monday, adding to her European and national titles.

Eraud was 2.69 seconds quicker than Australian Alexandria Nicholls over the 16.19-kilometer course, posting a time of 22 minutes, 42.63 seconds.

Another Australian, Alexandra Manly, was third, 8.17 seconds slower than Eraud.

Nicholls had been first on the course and held the lead for most of the day. The 18-year-old Eraud was the last starter and powered through the second half of the course after being 13.5 seconds behind Nicholls at the intermediate check.

"I knew I was only fourth fastest and so I didn't think I could win and was aiming for the podium," Eraud said. "That made victory amazing and unexpected."

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