Bob­bie makes his­tory with Euro­pean Youth Tour win

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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

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