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by Shane Stokes
September 20, 2017
Pidcock wins junior world championship time trial; Annemiek van Vleuten wins women’s world individual time trial title; McQuaid rejects claims that Team Wiggins is in financial difficulties; Two-hour operation for Dolan after courageous world championship finish; Haga and Curvers extend with Team Sunweb; Hammer to retire from pro cycling and focus on coaching; UCI cuts team sizes for Grand Tours and other races; UHC announces preliminary roster, Thomas and Banks are new additions; New Australian criterium series announced; Beaumont shatters around the world cycling record; Volunteers wanted for Melbourne research study into salt loss in sweat; Video: world road race championships, under 23 men’s time trial; Video: world road race championships, junior women’s time trial; Video: It’s Just Like Riding a Bike; Video: Buy the Beastie.
Annemiek van Vleuten’s tears started flowing before the final riders had even crossed the finish line. When Olga Zabelinskaya (Russia), Katrin Garfoot (Australia), Ellen van Dijk (The Netherlands) and Amber Neben (USA) were all unable the match her time, Van Vleuten jumped out of the hot seat, arms stretched in the air waving to the throngs of fans near the podium, knowing she had done it: she’s the new world time trial champion.
Van Vleuten, however, was eyeing only one person, and as soon as defending champion Neben crossed the finish, she jumped across the barriers and straight into her mother’s arms. Fourteen months ago, her mother had watched in horror as Van Vleuten crashed horrifically in the Rio Olympics road race. Today, however, there were only tears of joy.
“The downs make the ups even more beautiful,” an emotional Van Vleuten told media. “[Winning the world title] after crashing in Rio makes the story really special.”
The silver medal went to compatriot Anna van der Breggen. The Women’s WorldTour winner was second to roll off the starting ramp, and set the bar high for her competitors, completing the course in 29:02:51. The Olympic TT bronze medalist spent an excruciating 45 minutes in the hot seat before Van Vleuten powered through the finish, 12 seconds faster.
With an impressive ride, Australian Katrin Garfoot rounded out the podium, earning her second consecutive bronze medal in the worlds time trial championships.
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