Annemiek van Vleuten wins Women's Elite World Time Trial Championship
Sep 19 2017 05:32 pm CET

Annemiek van Vleuten wins Women's Elite World Time Trial Championship

Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-Scott) is the new Women's Elite World Time Trial Champion. The Dutch rider finished ahead of compatriot Anna van der Breggen and Australian Katrin Garfoot.

The Women's Elite route was 21.1 kilometers long and included a climb up the 1.5km Birkelundsbakken. This climb meant that those specializing in flat courses would have difficulties competing for the top spots.

Olympic Road Race champion Anna van der Breggen occupied the hot-seat for some time after completing the course in 29 minutes and two seconds.

Van der Breggen was eventually knocked down to second place by La Course winner Annemiek van Vleuten, whose time was 12 seconds faster than her compatriot's.

Most of the other top candidates for medals started later but none actually managed to put Van Vleuten's time under threat. Katrin Garfoot came close and ended up taking third place at the expense of young American Chloe Dygert, as such taking her second Bronze medal in a row.

Last year's top two played no role for the medals. Ellen van Dijk took fifth place at 52 seconds from the winner and defending champion Amber Neben had to settle for 11th position at 1'41".

After Leontien van Moorsel and Van Dijk, Van Vleuten is the third Dutch woman to win the Elite Time Trial Championships. In addition, this is only the second time that the first two riders are from the same country since Jeannie Longo and Catherine Marsal (both French) in 1996.

Photo of Annemiek van Vleuten by Orica-Scott



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