Garfoot strong for fourth in world championship time trial

Wed 23 Sep 2015

Oceania champion Katrin Garfoot may not have entered the UCI Road Cycling World Championships time trial featuring the list of favourites but those close to the Australian knew what she was capable of.

When the 33-year-old crossed the line in a provisional second place, and within ten seconds of the leader and eventual gold medalist Linda Villumsen (New Zealand, 40min 29secs), her potential, form and hard work came to light for all to see.

The ORICA-AIS rider would eventually get nudged out of a medal to fourth place (+9secs), but an incredible achievement non-the-less.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Garfoot said. “The time gap is pretty small compared to the kilometres that there are in the course. It’s realistic to keep fighting for those nine seconds for next year.”

Born in Germany and a late starter to the sport of cycling, Garfoot started the two-lap 30km course strongly posting a provisional third fastest split at the opening time check.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist maintained her speed to be in the same position on the third and final intermediate split before finishing even stronger for a provisional second over the finish line.

“My approach was to take it easy in the first lap, to settle in,” Garfoot said. “Coming back over the bridge at the end of the lap, I knew I wanted to put it in a big gear and really hit it there. That’s where I could make up time.”

Villumsen, having dethroned Kirsten Armstrong (USA, +20sec) who set the early target, held on for gold whilst Anna Van der Breggen (NED, +2sec) and Lisa Brennauer (GER, +5sec), who finished after Garfoot, rounded out the podium.

ORICA-AIS’ only other representative, Emma Johansson (SWE, +1min 48sec), finish 17th.

With thanks to Cycling Australia.