- Kristin Armstrong retires with World Title in TT
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.
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."
(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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