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Chloe Dygert-Owen wins the elite women’s time trial at Yorkshire Worlds by more than a minute and a half, Mikkel Bjerg takes his third straight U23 men’s TT title, Fernando Gaviria will not start the Worlds road race, Wahoo acquires Speedplay. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Dygert-Owen powers to women’s world time trial title
Chloe Dygert-Owen left no doubt in the elite women’s individual time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire, crushing the competition to win the rainbow jersey by more than a minute and a half on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old American was untouchable on the wet roads of Harrogate, England, setting a mark of 42:11 on the 30.3-kilometer course. Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) was a distant second, 1:33 back, with her Dutch compatriot Annemiek van Vleuten rounding out the podium, 1:54 down on Dygert-Owen.
“I spent the past week with three-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong so I was really well-prepared,” Dygert-Owen said. “We took this year and worked towards this race. I had a concussion last year, and coming back from that we took it really slow, but this is what we prepared for. Now I’m looking forward to Tokyo.”
Due to soggy conditions, organizers moved the start of the race slightly later into the afternoon, and also reduced the gap between start times down to one minute. As such, Dygert-Owen caught and passed numerous prior starters as she stormed through the parcours.
— La Flamme Rouge (@laflammerouge16) September 24, 2019
Unfazed by the rain-slicked roads, Dygert-Owen bested the time of then-provisional leader Alena Amialiusik (Belarus) by more than three minutes and then took over the hot seat to wait for the last handful of starters to complete the course.
It was not long before it became clear that no one would match Dygert-Owen’s time, with van der Breggen and defending TT champ van Vleuten well behind at the intermediate checkpoints. Van der Breggen came closest, but the reigning world road champ still finished well behind the young American, whose TT win marks her first ever elite medal at a road Worlds four years after she won both the junior women’s road race and TT titles in Richmond.
Chloé Dygert Owen's winning margin of 1-32 is the largest since the World Championships TT started in 1994 – for men or women. And it was over just 30 kilometres. Phenomenal pic.twitter.com/VaqhiX8dI1
— Andy McGrath (@Andymcgra) September 24, 2019
1 DYGERT-OWEN Chloe (United States) 42:11
2 VAN DER BREGGEN Anna (Netherlands) 1:33
3 VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek (Netherlands) 1:54
4 NEBEN Amber (United States) 2:39
5 KLEIN Lisa (Germany) 2:42
6 REUSSER Marlen (Switzerland) 3:03
7 THOMAS Leah (United States) 3:14
8 BRAND Lucinda (Netherlands) 3:16
9 AMIALIUSIK Alena (Belarus) 3:18
10 BRENNAUER Lisa (Germany) 3:21
Even with the weather, Lizzie Deignan must be enjoying Worlds so far, considering the location.
A little surreal leaving my own house to move into a hotel a few Kms away, but it’s happening… a home World Championships 😁🌈 lucky me! pic.twitter.com/WBpA2rlO1p
— Lizzie Deignan (@lizziedeignan) September 24, 2019
Meanwhile, in sock height news …
Got a haircut today in Harrogate, one of the hairdressers asked me,
“This maybe a stupid question but I heard the commentator yesterday talking about how all the socks have to be the right length. Why do you need the right length socks to race a bicycle?”#welcometomoderncycling
— Alex Dowsett (@alexdowsett) September 23, 2019
Bjerg takes third straight U23 men’s TT title
Mikkel Bjerg navigated the waterlogged Harrogate roads to deliver his third straight under-23 men’s world time trial title on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old Dane may not have been a surprise winner, but his victory was all the more impressive considering the conditions. Several sections along the course were flooded with standing water—not the easiest terrain to traverse when you’re in TT mode, as many riders discovered.
— Gianbattista Baronchelli (@GosuSM) September 24, 2019
— Toms Skujiņš (@Tomashuuns) September 24, 2019
Despite the wet roads, Bjerg put his power on display on the 30.3-kilometer course. The Hagens Berman Axeon rider, who will make the WorldTour jump next year with UAE-Team Emirates, set a mark of 40:20 to take the clear win.
The American duo of Ian Garrison and Brandon McNulty put in big rides to secure the other two spots on the final podium. Garrison, Bjerg’s teammate at Hagens Berman Axeon, was 27 seconds back, good for runner-up honors. McNulty, who will head from Rally UHC to UAE next year, took the U23 bronze just one second slower than his compatriot.
Gaviria pulls out of Worlds road race
Fernando Gaviria has pulled out of a planned start in the road race at Yorkshire Worlds.
The 25-year-old Colombian, who has seen much of his first season with UAE-Team Emirates derailed by injury, says he is not feeling as strong as he had hoped ahead of Sunday’s race.
“I thought that after the Vuelta a España I would be able to have the good form to be at Worlds, which was one of my targets for the season, but in the last few days I have felt empty and lacking strength, and so I decided to pull out of the selection and unfortunately I won’t be racing Worlds” Gaviria said, according to Marca.
Gaviria’s absence marks the second major withdrawal from the Colombian squad after it was announced last week. Reigning Tour de France champion Egan Bernal (Ineos) said less than 24 hours after being named to the team that he would not make the start.
With Gaviria out of contention, Colombia could look to youngster Álvaro Hodeg (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) to lead the way on the Yorkshire Worlds course.
Wahoo acquires Speedplay
Two months after acquiring the Sufferfest, Wahoo Fitness has announced another big pickup. Wahoo, known for its indoor trainers and bike computers, has acquired American-based pedal company Speedplay for an undisclosed amount.
“By focusing on the needs of cyclists across all disciplines, Wahoo intends to put Speedplay pedals on as many bicycles as possible and continue to drive creativity at this celebrated brand,” read a press release from Wahoo.
Dave Rome has more on the story.
Rapha is now dressing mechanics
How many clothing niches can Rapha fill? It’s clearly a game of n+1 with the company now offering clothing specifically designed for mechanics. The Mechanics Work Range was designed with the help of EF-Education First mechanics and features durable materials, comfortable fits, and pockets specifically designed for easy access to common tools.
The range includes pants, jeans, jackets, and shirts, with typical Rapha style cues to set you apart from the King Gee (Aussie workwear apparel) wearers.
Hunt’s 36 UD wheels become official
Hunt, the British consumer-direct wheel company, is adding another top-tier wheel to its range. Teased at Eurobike, the new 36 UD wheel features a filament-wound rim (20mm internal width and a sealed rim construction that’s tubeless-ready), serviceable carbon fiber spokes, and a custom hub shell to create a wheel system that’s said to weight 1,295g.
Those carbon fiber spokes are a key feature, and built under loads of tension. They are said to improve wheel stiffness by 31% (compared to the steel spoked Hunt 36 Carbon Wide Aero). The 36mm deep wheelset is available for rim brake users only for now, and despite featuring CeramicSpeed hub bearings, they’re priced at only £1,379.
De Marchi auctions Coppi replica jersey for $10,500
An anonymous bidder has secured a replica of Fausto Coppi’s 1953 De Marchi jersey for $10,500. According to Blockchain authentication company BlockStar, which partnered in the auction of both the jersey and the exclusive rights to a digital rendering of it, it’s the most expensive piece of clothing ever sold via blockchain.
Elda De Marchi created the original jersey to commemorate Coppi’s Worlds win 66 years ago, and De Marchi, now 88, sewed the replica “using the same materials, colors, dimensions, and relic look.”
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Feature Image: Chloe Dygert-Owen on her way to victory in the elite women’s time trial at the 2019 UCI Road World Championships. Photo: Dion Kerckhoffs/Cor Vos © 2019