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‘It’s super special’: Oscar Chamberlain exorcises road race disappointment to win junior men’s time trial crown

17-year-old Canberran Oscar Chamberlain has bounced back from disappointment in the Junior Men’s Road Race to win the Junior Men’s Individual Time Trial crown.

Chamberlain was at his best on Monday morning, recording a time of 24 minutes and 16 seconds on the 18.8km course at an average speed of 46.46km/h – a new course record for U19 Men.

The AG2R Citroën U19 Team rider’s winning time was 41 seconds ahead of ARA Skip Capital’s silver medallist Wil Holmes, and 46 seconds ahead of Saturday’s road race winner Joshua Cranage, who collected bronze.

Oscar Chamberlain was at his best for the time trial. Picture: ZW Photography/Zac Williams


“It feels good. Obviously, after the road race I was a bit disappointed. Fourth isn’t terrible but I was looking for the win, but to get the win here is pretty good,” Chamberlain said.

“It wasn’t too windy, it’s not crazy hot, so it was pretty much perfect for a time trial.

“It’s super special [to pull on the jersey], I’ll be able to wear it when I’m overseas in the TT, so I’m looking forward to that.”

Oscar Chamberlain is looking forward to wearing the green and gold in Europe for time trials in 2023. Picture: Josh Chadwick

(On changes for 2023) “As soon as I swapped teams to AG2R Under-19 I changed coaches. Working with him it’s a bit different to my old coach. Obviously, I’ve been doing quite a few hours on the bike. The riding isn’t the sole importance, recovery and nutrition is also important, so I’ve been working on all aspects for this.

“I’ve got a team camp in February, and then after that the Classics start. I’ll try to win as many of them as possible. E3 [Saxo Bank Classic Juniors – Chamberlain is the defending champion] is a big goal, Paris-Roubaix is another big one.”

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