Dutch Eileen van Dijk defended her test title at the Road Cycling World Championships in Wollongong, Australia. Thus she won the third gold medal in her career from a duel with a chronometer. She won for the first time in 2013. The local competitor Grace Brown came in second, and the Swiss Marilyn Roeser third.




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Elaine Van Dyck | Source: Reuters

In the race without the Czech participation, Van Dijk was already the fastest in both intermediate periods over a total of 34.2 kilometers from the circuit. The 35-year-old former track runner eventually won by about 13 seconds and became the second female cyclist in WC history to hold at least three titles. In addition, he also earned two silver and two bronze medals from the time trial. Legendary Frenchwoman Jenny Long Sibrilli won four times between 1995, 1997 and 2001.

On the other hand, the thirty-year-old Brown got her first precious metal from major events. Olympic silver medalist from Tokyo, Reusserová, who had finished second in the previous two tournaments, stayed behind by about half a minute.

The fourth contender in the overall standings was Vittoria Goazzini. After the UCI introduced a new women’s under-23 class at WC, a 21-year-old Italian could celebrate the title in a joint race with the elite women’s class.

Road Bike World Championships Wollongong (Australia) – time trial (34.2 km):

Elite women: 1. Van Dijk (Netherlands) 44:28, 2. Brown (Aust.) -12, 3. Reusser (Switzerland) -41, 4. Guazzini (It.) -52, 5. Thomas -1: 18 , 6. Faulkner (both USA) -1:25.

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