Van Dijk wins women’s time trial crown
Ellen Van Dijk of the Netherlands won the women’s time trial at the world championships in Florence on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old beat Linda Villumsen of New Zealand by 24 seconds to win a world individual title for the first time.
Carmen Small of the United States came in third, 28 seconds off the pace, just ahead of her compatriot Evelyn Stevens, who won silver last year.
Australian hope Shara Gillow endured a trying day in the saddle and was classified 12th out of the 84 starters after posting a time of 29.08.57.
“I always knew it was going to be tough.” said Gillow. “Some days are good days and some days are bad days and unfortunately today was just a bad day for me, but congrats to Ellen, she really deserved the win.”
Van Dijk follows in the footsteps of Judith Arndt, who won the women’s time trial in 2011 and 2012.
See full results here.
Belgian Igor Decraene wins junior men’s time trial world title
Igor Decraene of Belgium won the junior’s time trial at the World Championships last night. Decreane stopped the clock at at 26’56 “83, racing at an average of 48.5 km/h. Second place for the 2012 European champion Danish Mathias Krigbaum (DEN), at 8”66 behind the winner. Zeke Mostov (USA) finished third at 20″97 behind.
Decraene said, “The course was really fast, I like this kind of flat tracks. I really think that I couldn’t’ve raced any faster. I knew Krigbaum was very fast on these kinds of races, I thought he was the one to beat. I’m good in time trials, I’m also a good climber but in the future I’ll focus mainly on races against the clock”.
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Martin says Wiggins at a disadvantage
Defending champion, Tony Martin believes Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) is at a disadvantage for today’s World Championships time trial.
“Having not ridden the course at race-speed, especially through the older parts of Florence, is a disadvantage,” the German explained. “It was good for me to ride it on Saturday, when the course was closed for training or in the team time trial. I know where the critical points are now, which could count for precious seconds.”
Wiggins won the time trial stage and the Tour of Britain overall while Martin, and favourites Taylor Phinney (USA) and Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland), arrived in Florence. Martin’s Omega Pharma-Quick Step team won the Sunday’s team time trial, which is on the same roads as today’s 57.9-kilometre event.
“I won’t tell you my thoughts on that. I know what I need to do,” responded Wiggins. “I’ve worked hard for this. I’ve done three stage races in the last three months, that was all down toward doing this.”
Wiggins searches to silence critics
Wiggins, reigning time trial Olympic champion, wants to silence the critics that came after him this summer. Some claimed his career had reached a turning point after he abandoned the Giro d’Italia and failed to start in the Tour de France.
“This would mean the most [out of all of my medals] for me,” Wiggins said overnight. “A lot of people wrote me off in May at the Giro d’Italia.”
The Brit abandoned the Giro with a sore knee and chest infection. He made the Worlds his aim this summer while Sky team-mate Chris Froome won the Tour. He put on weight in his quest to become a time trial champion.
“My climbing has suffered,” he added. “I feel like my time trialling has going through the roof.”
Alonso says he’s still working on new team to debut in 2015
Fernando Alonso’s bid to save Euskaltel Euskadi may have fallen through due to the breakdown of negotiations between him and the Basque team, but he has pledged to continue working on plans. He said on twitter:
I write in this note the cycling news. Hope 2014 pass so quickly and the day comes quickly..;) pic.twitter.com/g5fup4Z3GS
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) September 23, 2013
Questions over 2014 Worlds in Spain
Doubts are circling Spain’s ability to host the 2014 World Championships in Ponferrada. Even though the UCI confirmed in November last year that the Worlds would run as planned in the Northwestern town, the local organiser this week cancelled plans for its official launch.
The launch was due for Thursday night at 19:30 in Florence, but the Ponferrada officials said they wanted to avoid clashes with the UCI elections the next morning. There is more to it, though, according to Diario de Leon.
“We paid to help the city of Ponferrada re-route the course,” said the president of Spanish cycling, José Luis López Cerrón. “Now the UCI inspectors say they are not happy with the start and finish zones.”
The UCI, according to the article, is still waiting on the local organiser to show its sponsor contracts and to make a third payment of €1m. The payment was due on September 20.
Armstrong loses another battle with US government
Lance Armstrong will have to face a fraud lawsuit, said the US Department of Justice on Monday evening. The department joined a whistle blower lawsuit filed on by former team-mate, Floyd Landis in February that could see Armstrong and his entourage sued for $95m.
“Only recently did the government and the rest of the world learn” of Mr. Armstrong’s doping, responded the Justice of Department. “As a result, the sponsorship has not enhanced the Postal Service’s reputation, as the Postal Service once hoped it would, but instead will forever link the Postal Service with the sordid scandal that brought down Lance Armstrong.”
The lawsuit argues that by accepting sponsorship money from US Postal, Armstrong intentionally defrauded US tax payers. Arguments will be heard next month in court, when a judge will decide if the suit will move forward.
Yates brothers to join Orica-GreenEDGE?
Brit twins Simon and Adam Yates, two of cycling’s most talented Under 23 riders, may sign with Orica-GreenEDGE. An announcement is expected today.
“Sky missed the boat,” said Brad Wiggins of the move in the last weeks. Adam explained yesterday, “If we went to Sky, there might be fewer opportunities. If you go away, you might have more chances.”
Adam finishes second overall in top amateur stage race, Tour de L’Avenir last month. Simon won two stages, including a stage to Morzine. Last week in the Tour of Britain, racing against the professionals, Simon won a stage and placed third overall.