Teenager Ali selected for world championships

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BOURNE teenager Ali Slater has been selected for the Junior World Road Race Championships in Copenhagen in two weeks after adding the National Series title to the Cyclo-Cross title he won earlier in the year.

Slater won the final junior road race, The Tour Of Wales, beating 80 of the best juniors in the country.

Ali had a 60 point lead in the National rankings and was always going to be hard to overtake, and first stage was declared null and void due to a timing error. But with the 65-mile second stage not going the way Ali had planned, his lead suddenly didn’t look quite so secure.

But he he rode an epic 25-mile third stage, finishing second on the stage and gaining a minute on his closest rivals.

The fourth stage was a close tactical affair with all the riders saving energy for the 70-mile final stage which finished at the top of the three-mile “Tumble” climb.

As the riders prepared for the final stage, Ali was in 9th overall, and, barring a complete disaster, the series was in the bag. Riding his usual aggressive style, Ali broke with 25 miles to go but, despite his best efforts, Ali was caught by a group one mile from the finish.

He finished 9th overall over the three days but also claimed the points jersey and with consistently high finishes, easily won the National Series.