Wednesday 10 October - 14:30 - Elite Women's TT -
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The first rider off in the Elite Women's time trial is Norwegian Wenche
Stensvold, followed by Japan's Miho Oki. Both riders are capable of a
top half finish in this high quality women's field. The favourites include
last year's defending champion Mari Holden (USA), who may find this course
a little too tough. The irrepressible Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli is second
last to start, and she will be looking to avenge last year's defeat at
the hands of Holden. Lithuanian Rasa Polikeviciute, German Judith Arndt
and Australian Anna Millward are all capable of taking the gold medal,
it will depend on who has got it right on the day.
Others to watch include Spaniard Joane Somarriba, Swiss Nicole Brändli,
Lithuanian Diana Ziliute, Australian Sara Carrigan, Italian Alessandra
Cappellotto, New Zealander Kirsty Nicole Robb and American champion Kimberly
Bruckner. Comparing with the junior men, a time of around 28:30 should
Polish veteran Bogumila Matusiak has the quickest time after 4.5 kilometres,
with 8:34. The first part of the time trial is considered the toughest,
with the Cote de Serafina climb starting at 1 km and finishing at 1.9
Lada Kozlikova lowers the bar at 4.5 kilometres, coming through in 8:25.18.
The fastest riders should be posting sub-eight minute times here. Wenche
Stensvold (Nor) is the first rider to finish, with 33:16.12 (34.6 km/h).
As we approach the final 10 riders, it is Dutchwoman Mirjam Melchers through
the 4.5 km check in 8:09.15, 4 seconds faster than Teodora Ruano Sanchon
(Spain) and Fabiana Luperini (Italy).
Melchers' time is bettered by Lithanian Diana Ziliute, a noted tester
against the clock although she hasn't won a medal in the World Championships
in this discipline.
Teodora Ruano Sanchon is the first rider under 30 minutes, clocking 29:53
for the 19.2 kilometres. Meanwhile, Swiss specialist Nicole Brandli knocks
15 seconds off Ziliute's time after 4.5 kilometres. She is a strong medal
All riders have passed through the 4.5 kilometre check, and it's still
Nicole Brandli with the fastest time of 7:50.61. She is followed by Jeannie
Longo at 8.5 seconds, with Rasa Polikeviciute another 2 seconds behind.Defending
champ Mari Holden was 8th fastest through this time check.
Brandli finishes in a time of 29:08.96 (39.52 km/h), and this looks to
be the benchmark for Longo and Polikevicuite to attack. German champion
Judith Arndt is not quite up there yet, she has been hovering in about
5th position at the intermediate checks.
But Jeannie Longo is coming back! The Frenchwoman is only 4 seconds off
Brandli's pace after 13 kilometres. It all comes down to the final 6.2
Longo has done it...just. Like the Junior Men's TT, it all came down to
the last part of the race. Longo made up all her lost time on Brandli
to finish just 0.41 seconds faster, and the World Championship is hers.
Third place goes to Teodora Ruano Sanchon (Spain).
Defending champion Mari Holden (USA) finished well for 6th place, just
in front of Anna Millward (Aus).
First Check - 4.5 km
1 Nicole Brändli (Swi) 7.50.61
2 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (Fra) 7.59.07
3 Rasa Polikeviciute (Ltu) 8.00.92
4 Diana Ziliute (Ltu) 8.05.31
5 Judith Arndt (Ger) 8.06.26
Second Check - 13.0 km
1 Nicole Brändli (Swi) 20.29.50
2 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (Fra) 20.33.87
3 Rasa Polikeviciute (Ltu) 21.13.41
4 Teodora Ruano Sanchon (Spa) 21.19.53
5 Judith Arndt (Ger) 21.37.02
Finish - 19.2 km
1 Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (Fra) 29.08.55
2 Nicole Brändli (Swi) 29.08.96
3 Teodora Ruano Sanchon (Spa) 29.53.16
4 Rasa Polikeviciute (Ltu) 29.55.49
5 Judith Arndt (Ger) 30.03.62
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