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by Mark Zalewski
August 11, 2016
In Thursday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Cancellara smashes Rio time trial to take second Olympic gold medal; Experience pays off in gold as Kristin Armstrong wins rainy Olympic time trial; Trentin takes Tour de l’Ain opener; Hosking wins Route de France sprint; WorldTour teams vote to skip the TTT world championships; Human rights group urges UCI to reject Bahrain-Merida team; Giant-Alpecin signs young talent; Possible tensions between Cavendish and Wiggins on eve of track start; Italian anti-doping authorities test under 13 youths; Yorkshire a possible host for European championships; Dan Craven uses Twitter to decide on Olympic TT start; From bobsled track to velodrome; Route de France on-board highlights; Calculate your VO2 max; BMX rider Daniel Dhers rides salt ramps
“I want a third gold medal,” American Kristin Armstrong had told media on the eve of the 2016 Olympic time trial, and it was that will combined with the experience of a 13-year professional career that earned her a third straight Olympic gold medal in the race against the clock on Wednesday, a day before Armstrong’s 43rd birthday.
At 5.5 seconds slower than Armstrong, Russia’s Olga Zabelinskaya (BePink) received silver, and at 11 seconds behind, Olympic road race winner Anna van der Breggen (Rabo-Liv, The Netherlands) won bronze.
The last to start the time trial, all eyes were on Armstrong. Rain and wind made an already technical course more treacherous as riders had to navigate steep descents and sharp turns in the wet. Riders were caution and it became clear early on that experience would pay off in today’s race.
With three Olympics already under her belt and two gold medals to her name, none of the riders came into the race with as much experience as Armstrong. That didn’t make it any easier for the American, however, who gave it her all and came across the finish with a nose bleed and fell to the ground in exhaustion.
But she was soon joined by her son, and a huge sense of relief and accomplishment beamed from her face as she held up three fingers to the camera.
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