Linda Villumsen wins World Championships elite women’s time trial

New Zealander Linda Villumsen gives a masterclass in pacing to secure the 2015 time trial title in Richmond

Linda Villumsen Wins World Championships Elite Women’s Time Trial

Linda Villumsen in action during the 2015 Elite Womens TT World Championships

Linda Villumsen gave New Zealand its first medal of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships1 on Tuesday, claiming the elite women s individual time trial title in Richmond, USA. Villumsen put in a masterful performance over two laps of the testing 15-kilometre circuit around the Virginia city to stop the clock at 40 minutes and 29.87 seconds and earn the right to pull on the rainbow jersey after numerous podium appearances in previous years. Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen claimed silver just 2.54 seconds behind Villumsen, with defending champion Lisa Brennauer (Germany) adding another medal to her collection with bronze.

Second rider to start, Kristin Armstrong (USA) spent almost the entire event in the hot seat of virtual race leader after setting a blistering early mark. Despite ending up off the podium, the Olympic and former world time trial champion made a remarkable comeback at the Worlds at the age of 42 and finished in fifth spot. British champion Hayley Simmonds marked her Worlds debut with a solid ride to place 26th out of the 44 riders, 2-54 adrift of Villumsen.

>>> How Hayley Simmonds became Britain s top time triallist2

Before the elite women set off, the junior men had their turn to test themselves around Richmond. Leo Appelt of Germany claimed the gold medal and rainbow jersey ahead of American pair Adrien Costa and Brandon McNulty, who were the only two riders to get within a minute of Appelt. Great Britain did not field any riders in the junior men s category.

Linda Villumsen Wins World Championships Elite Women’s Time Trial

Leo Appelt of Germany on his way to winning the junior men s time trial at the 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships

The 2015 UCI Road World Championships continue tomorrow (Wednesday) with the elite men s individual time trial. Find out more with our elite men s time trial preview3.

Results

Elite women individual time trial, 29.9km
1. Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) in 40-29.87
2. Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) at 2.54 secs
3. Lisa Brennauer (Germany) at 5.26 secs
4. Katrin Garfoot (Australia) at 9.32 secs
5. Kristin Armstrong (USA) at 20.58 secs
6.

Evelyn Stevens (USA) at 26.58 secs
7. Ellen Van Dijk (Netherlands) at 53.98 secs
8. Alena Amialiusik (Belarus) at 1-06.03
9. Ann-Sofie Duyck (Belgium) at 1-19.20
10. Trixi Worrack (Germany) at 1-19.41
Other
26. Hayley Simmonds (Great Britain) at 2-54.41

Linda Villumsen Wins World Championships Elite Women’s Time Trial

Adrien Costa, Leo Appelt and Brandon McNulty on the podium for the junior men s time trial at the 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships (Watson)

Junior men individual time trial, 29.9km
1. Leo Appelt (Germany) in 37-45
2. Adrien Costa (USA) at 17 secs
3. Brandon McNulty (USA) at 59 secs
4.

Keagan Girdlestone (RSA) at 1-07
5. Gino Mader (Switzerland) at 1-11
6. Jasper Philipsen (Belgium) at 1-34
7.

Niklas LArsen (Denmark) at 1-34
8. Tobias Foss (Norway) at 1-35
9. Ilya Gorbushin (Kazakhstan) at 1-52
10.

Alexys Brunel (France) at 1-52

References

  1. ^ 2015 UCI Road World Championships (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ How Hayley Simmonds became Britain s top time triallist (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Elite men s 2015 World Championships time trial preview (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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