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  Amalie Dideriksen won the last two editions and before that Lucy Garner did the double. Other former winners include reigning World Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, one of favourites for the elite race Jolien D'hoore, multiple World Champion Marianne Vos and 2008 Olympic and World Champion Nicole Cooke.

Past Winners

2014 Amalie Dideriksen (DEN)
2013 Amalie Dideriksen (DEN)
2012 Lucy Garner (GBR)
2011 Lucy Garner (GBR)
2010 Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (FRA)
2009 Rossella Callovi (ITA)
2008 Jolien D'Hoore (BEL)
2007 Eleonora Patuzzo (ITA)
2006 Rasa Leleivyte (LTU)
2005 Mie Bekker Lacota (DEN)
2004 Marianne Vos (NED)
2003 Loes Markerink (NED)
2002 Suzanne de Goede (NED)
2001 Nicole Cooke (GBR)
2000 Nicole Cooke (GBR)

The Route

The junior women's race covers four laps of a 16.2 kilometre circuit around downtown Richmond. The challenging technical circuit with three cobbled climbs in final four kilometres.

First comes the 200 metre cobbled Libby Hill Park climb, before a descending in to a 100 metre cobbled climb up 23rd Street. Once over the top the peloton will descend in to the final Governor Street climb. At 300 metres before a final false flat section of just under 700 metres positioning ahead of the final kilometre will be crucial.

The Contenders

Start list and start order available here

Australia (Anna-Leeza Hull and Jessica Pratt)

Anna-Leeza Hull and Jessica Pratt have both spent the majority of 2015 racing the Australian NRS against a high level of competition and they should come in well prepared. Hull would prefer a slightly hillier course but the final four kilometres should be good for her. Without a strong finish expect Hull to look to attack on the final climb and solo away. Pratt is a solid all rounder and has a strong finish, not that of a pure sprinter but should it come to a sprint she could find herself on the podium. The cobbles could well be the biggest challenge for the Aussie duo.

France (Juliette Labous)

Juliette Labous comes in to the race after a very successful season finishing second at Piccolo Trofeo Alfredo Binda, fourth at the European Championships. The French time trial champion finished fifth on Monday against the clock in a sign she is on great form. Maelle Grossetete is another name to keep an eye on.

Poland (Daria Pikulik & Agnieszka Skalniak)

Polish cyclists have had a very strong few years on both the road and track and Daria Pikulik will be looking to continue the success. Already a world champion this year, winning the points race at the Track World Championships and finishing second in the omnium. European Omnium Champion and two silver medals. Finished 12th in 2014 and will be looking to make it in to the top 10 if not challenge for the podium. Agnieszka Skalniak, bronze last year is another option if Pikulik is not in contention. But based on form of Pikulik seems to be going that bit better.

Italy (Sofia Bertizzolo & Nadia Quagliotto)

Italy brings a very strong team with several riders who could take gold. The teams best chance is probably 2014 silver medallist Sofia Bertizzolo, who is very quick on the line and can handle the climbs. Has the experience from last year and took an impressive win at Piccolo Trofeo Alfredo Binda in March. Bertizzolo was also part of the world record setting TP squad at the European Championships.

The second big name option for Italy is European Champion Nadia Quagliotto, who claimed victory in a bunch sprint. If the race comes together Quagliotto will be a name to watch and with Bertizzolo they form a very strong combination.

Czech Republic (Nikola Noskova)

Narrowly missed the podium last year, finishing fourth. Has raced three UCI elite races this year with the last the Trophee d'Or Feminin, where she finished 12th overall against some strong competition. As the only rider from the Czech Republic in the race it will be hard for her against some of the stronger teams but don't discount her because of that.

United States (Chloe Dygert)

After a 1-2 in the time trial the US team is riding high. Dygert was in a league of her own in the time trial and is also the US National Champion in the road race. On home roads Dygert will be extremely motivated to do the double and with the form she is in should not be discounted.

Great Britain (Grace Garner, Eleanor Dickinson & Abby-Mae Parkinson)

Can Grace Garner repeat the performance of her sister in 2011 and 2012 and win the junior women's road race? Comes in off a block of racing in Europe and two stage wins at the Ras na mBan. Packs a very strong sprint and if she can get to the finish at the front will be very difficult to beat. Keep an eye on Eleanor Dickinson and Abby-Mae Parkinson as other options.

Belgium (Lenny Druyts & Fenna Vanhoutte)

Druyts finished in the front group last year as a first year but has improved this year finishing seventh at the European Championships. Fenna Vanhoutte is another option for the team and a regular winner in Belgium.

Norway (Susanne Andersen)

Andersen finished ninth at the European Championships last month but finished second on two stages of the Junior Energiewacht Tour in May, winning the bunch sprint behind a solo rider each time. Has a good finish and will be a name to closely watch at the finish.

Other names to watch: Pernille Mathiesen, Yara Kastelijn, Yumi Kajihara, Lena Ostler, Maria Calderon, Sina Frei, Georgia Catterick and Mikayla Harvey.
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