Tarling, 19, claims European time-trial title

cycling20 September 2023 17:33| © AFP
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British teenager Josh Tarling on Wednesday claimed the time-trial title at the European cycling championships, cementing his growing reputation as one of the sport's future stars.

The 19-year-old, who was bronze medallist at the world championships in Scotland last month, defeated Stefan Bissegger of Switzerland by 43 seconds with Wout van Aert of Belgium taking bronze just a fraction behind on the 29.5km course.

Stefan Kung, of Switzerland, a pre-race favourite, crashed into a barrier before finishing in 11th place with blood pouring from his face and with his helmet shattered.

In the women's race, Swiss rider Marlen Reusser claimed the title for a third time.

The 32-year-old finished 43 seconds ahead of Britain's Anna Henderson with Christina Schweinberger of Austria a further second behind.