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Wednesday 10 October - 14:30 - Elite Women's TT - 19.2 km

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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 win it.

15:10 GMT
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 km.

15:20 GMT
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).

15:30 GMT
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).

15:34 GMT
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.

15:40 GMT
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 chance.

15:50 GMT
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.

15:59 GMT
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.

16:03 GMT
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 kilometres.

16:08 GMT
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).

Intermediate Standings

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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