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Time Trial   - Kristin Armstrong retires with World Title in TT

Mendrisio, 26.8km

 

Race Writeup

Kristin Armstrong (USA) added World Time Trial Champion to her palmeres in the  final professional TT of her career. The Olympic TT Champion stormed to victory with an almost faultless ride. She finished 55 seconds ahead of Noemi Cantele (Italy) and 58 seconds in front of Denmark's Linda Villumsen.

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Post Race Comments

Kirstin Armstrong (USA) reflected on her win in the TT, "I can't think of any better way of saying goodbye to the sport," Armstrong said. "I had a little bit of motivation today. Now I hope another American can come out on top on Saturday."

Linda Villumsen (Denmark) is already the Danish national time trial and road-race champion this year, Villumsen rode strongly on Mendrisio’s hilly 26.8-kilometre course to finish third behind Kristin Armstrong of the United States and 2010 Columbia-HTC rider Noemi Cantele of Italy. Germany's Judith Arndt also had a great ride to finish fourth in the time, only recently returning to racing after a broken arm.
 
“I’m happy for my bronze medal.  It’s not so far from silver, just three seconds away, but maybe next year it’ll be better,” Villumsen said afterwards.  “I truly didn’t expect this.  I wanted to get a good result, but looking at the top ten starters I had no idea I could have a chance of getting a medal.  I slightly overheated in the second half of the course, but even so this is a great result, the finest of my career so far.”

Villumsen’s bronze is the first ever for Danish women’s cycling in a World Road-Race Championships, and at 24, she’s hopeful that it won’t be the last.  “A lot of the big names are retiring soon and younger riders are coming through, so I think I’ll have some good chances in the future.”

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Results - Top 10 - click here to see full result

Position Name Team Time Speed Km/hr
1 ARMSTRONG Kristin USA 35:26.09 45.379
2 CANTELE Noemi ITA 36:21.10
3 VILLUMSEN Linda DEN 36:24.34
4 ARNDT Judith GER 36:50.34
5 SOEDER Christiane AUT 36:54.36
6 NEBEN Amber USA 36:55.83
7 ANTOSHINA Tatiana RUS 36:57.84
8 WHITTEN Tara CAN 37:00.08
9 THÜRIG Karin SUI 37:04.10
10 LONGO-CIPRELLI Jeannie FRA 37:14.43

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