Bobbie makes history with European Youth Tour win
AMERSHAM cyclist Bobbie O’Brien has won the prestigious European Youth Tour in Holland, becoming only the second British girl to take the title in its 52-year history.
Having finished third last year, the St Marys cofe school pupil came back determined to get to the top of the podium and got off to a flier, finishing as fastest girl in the opening time trial and beating all but two of the boys in her 10 years old category, at an average speed of more than 40kph.
Wearing the coveted leaders’ pink jersey, she managed to defend her overall position on the following stages over a week, gaining time on her rivals with some fine sprinting and tactical riding.
Her toughest day came in the wet and windy classic stage, when she was constantly attacked by her rivals but managed to chase down the breaks and finish in the same time as her closest challengers.
O’Brien extended her lead in the final time trial by a few more seconds, eventually winning with a 21 second advantage over the next rider.
Contested by more than 800 riders from around the world, the race is one of the toughest youth events on the calendar and has been won previously by many of the best female cyclist, including recently crowned Olympic road race champion Anna Van de Breggen.
O’Brien was accompanied on the trip by younger brother Finston and older brother Joe, who both finished in the top 10 overall of their respective age groups, having enjoying high stage placings throughout the week.
Winner: Bobbie O’Brien on top of the podium