Villumsen finally claims rainbow jersey in worlds TT

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After numerous trips to the worlds podium in second and third, Linda Villumsen finally won the women's time trial. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

Linda Villumsen finally got her rainbow jersey — it only took 10 years of trying. The New Zealand woman, formerly Danish, won the title on Tuesday after finishing on the world time trial championships podium five times prior. And she won in stunning fashion. Villumsen, 30, set the second-best time at the first time check, then methodically rode the fastest splits at the next two marks and ultimately, the finish. Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen delivered a similarly consistent ride but couldn’t overcome the Kiwi. Defending champ Lisa Brennauer rode a fast second half but was only third place in the end.

“I just can’t believe it. I came in with a big motivation today,” Villumsen said. “I don’t really know exactly what times I had out there. I heard that I had good splits, but I could only think, ‘Go as fast as I can.’”

Top-10 results

  • 1. Linda Melanie Villumsen, New Zealand, in 40:29.87
  • 2. Anna Van Der Breggen, Netherlands, at :2.54
  • 3. Lisa Brennauer, Germany, at :5.26
  • 4. Katrin Garfoot, Australia, at :9.32
  • 5. Kristin Armstrong, United States Of America, at :20.58
  • 6. Evelyn Stevens, United States Of America, at :26.58
  • 7. Ellen Van Dijk, Netherlands, at :53.98
  • 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

American Kristen Armstrong set the best mark early on, starting second in the order. Dutchwoman Ellen van Dijk, who rode at the end of the second wave, rode increasingly fast splits throughout the course of her race, but came up 33.4 seconds short of Armstrong.

The final wave of riders, possibly benefitting from the abating winds, began delivering fast intermediate splits in the 30-kilometer race. Villumsen notched the best time at the first time-check. The New Zealand rider stormed to another fastest split after lap one of two, 10.75 ahead of Armstrong.

Van der Breggen soon posted an even better time at the first time check, but she couldn’t beat Villumsen’s top mark at the second mark.

Villumsen was on a tear, again setting the best time at the third and final checkpoint. At the end, she finished 20.58 seconds ahead of Armstrong. Australian Katrin Garfoot was next to best Armstrong’s time, riding to second, 9.32 seconds behind Villumsen. But Garfoot wasn’t long for the second-place hot seat — van der Breggen moved into that spot, merely 2.54 seconds behind the winner.

After posting slow early splits, Germany’s Brennauer slipped into third place, 5.26 seconds back.

One final time trial race remains at the 2015 UCI World Road Championships: Wednesday’s elite men’s event, which will be a 53-kilometer test.

Full results

  • 1. Linda Melanie Villumsen, New Zealand, in 40:29.87
  • 2. Anna Van Der Breggen, Netherlands, at :2.54
  • 3. Lisa Brennauer, Germany, at :5.26
  • 4. Katrin Garfoot, Australia, at :9.32
  • 5. Kristin Armstrong, United States Of America, at :20.58
  • 6. Evelyn Stevens, United States Of America, at :26.58
  • 7. Ellen Van Dijk, Netherlands, at :53.98
  • 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
  • 11. Tatiana Antoshina, Russian Federation, at 1:21.36
  • 12. Martina Sablikova, Czech Republic, at 1:21.94
  • 13. Tara Whitten, Canada, at 1:26.23
  • 14. Carmen Small, United States Of America, at 1:27.59
  • 15. Karol-ann Canuel, Canada, at 1:32.49
  • 16. Ganna Solovei, Ukraine, at 1:38.50
  • 17. Emma Johansson, Sweden, at 1:48.06
  • 18. Eri Yonamine, Japan, at 2:10.35
  • 19. Mieke Kroeger, Germany, at 2:20.78
  • 20. Katarzyna Pawlowska, Poland, at 2:23.16
  • 21. Christine Majerus, Luxembourg, at 2:26.33
  • 22. Eugenia Bujak, Poland, at 2:29.32
  • 23. Audrey Cordon, France, at 2:39.51
  • 24. Doris Schweizer, Switzerland, at 2:42.79
  • 25. Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen, Norway, at 2:47.45
  • 26. Hayley Simmonds, Great Britain, at 2:54.41
  • 27. Aude Biannic, France, at 3:11.17
  • 28. Siobhan Horgan, Ireland, at 3:16.91
  • 29. Martina Ritter, Austria, at 3:33.01
  • 30. Silvia Valsecchi, Italy, at 3:34.55
  • 31. Svetlana Vasilieva, Russian Federation, at 3:49.29
  • 32. Lotta Lepisto, Finland, at 3:54.90
  • 33. Corinna Lechner, Germany, at 3:56.32
  • 34. Kathryn Bertine, Saint Kitts And Nevis, at 4:07.07
  • 35. Evelyn Garcia, El Salvador, at 4:09.27
  • 36. Daiva Tuslaite, Lithuania, at 4:11.17
  • 37. Lija Laizane, Latvia, at 4:12.91
  • 38. Enkhjargal Tuvshinjargal, Mongolia, at 4:15.96
  • 39. Olga Shekel, Ukraine, at 4:16.03
  • 40. Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz, Spain, at 4:40.47
  • 41. Camilla Mollebro, Denmark, at 4:49.84
  • 42. Ingrid Drexel, Mexico, at 5:24.37
  • 43. Serika Guluma Ortiz, Colombia, at 5:52.66
  • 44. Jeanne D’arc Girubuntu, Rwanda, at 7:11.84