Van Vleuten takes bronze in Yorkshire world time trial championshipsTue 24 Sep 2019
Reigning champion Annemiek van Vleuten (The Netherlands) took home the bronze medal in difficult conditions at the UCI Time Trial World Championships in Yorkshire today.
The two-time defending champion was looking to make in a hat-trick of wins as she headed down the start ramp in Ripon with the rain continuing to fall despite a delay to proceedings due to the poor weather conditions.
Race Against Time
Mitchelton-SCOTT teammate Amanda Spratt had already taken to the course and the Australian crossed the finish line with the second fastest time before going on to finish 11th overall.
Meanwhile, Van Vleuten passed through the opening time check in second place, 1’09” down on the fastest time set by the charging Chloe Dygert (USA). Despite the time loss, the Dutch TT champion continued to push on in the tricky conditions, with puddles spread around the 30.3-kilometre course making line choice even more important.
With Dygert already finished, Van Vleuten knew the time to beat as she raced towards the finish, but the double Giro Rosa champion couldn’t overhaul the deficit, eventually coming home in third place.
Annemiek van Vleuten:
"I’m disappointed that I didn’t have a good day today. The course suited me very well, so I can’t say it was the course, it’s just not my day. I could also see afterwards from my power output that I can do better."
"I can’t blame anything, it was just not a good day. Everyone was the same with the rain. It would have been different if halfway we had rain, but for everyone it was the same circumstances."
"Chloe Dygert showed she was on a super day. But it gives me a little bit of hope for next year, because I didn’t have a good day. If I’d have been on a good day and then almost got beaten by two-minutes then I’d have been very disappointed."
Women Elite Individual Time Trial 2019 Results:
1. Chloe Dygert (USA) 42:11:57
2. Anna van der Breggen (NED) +1:32
3. Annemiek van Vleuten (NED) +1:52
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