Final classification of the Tour de France 2022, results
WOLLONGONG, Australia — Ellen van Dijk defended his title and won a third time trial gold in the opening round of the world road cycling championships on Sunday.
Enjoying a technical run in the coastal town of Wollongong, south of Sydney, van Dijk maintained a perfectly paced pace to beat Australia Grace Brown 12.79 seconds to defend the time trial gold medal she won last year. Swiss rival Marlen Reusser took bronze.
In the men’s event, the unknown Norwegian Tobias Foss picked up a shock victory for his first world title.
In the women’s event, Brown was one of the first to start and clocked a blistering time of 44 minutes, 41.33 seconds around the 21.3-mile course, which none of the other 45 stongs could come close to until to van Dijk’s latest pair. and Reusser were both faster in the first time check.
Reusser then faded to finish over 41 seconds off Brown’s time, but van Dijk powered on to win her third gold in 44:28.60 on the two-lap circuit.
“It was the perfect course for me. (But) I never thought I would win today, actually,” said the 35-year-old skier who won her first gold medal in 2013. “I had no idea how I was driving… I paced my efforts very well.
“It was good to see Reusser a bit ahead of me towards the end, so I knew it wasn’t a bad day. But I was so surprised at the arrival.
The United States has gone three consecutive years without a medalist in the women’s time trial for the first time since 2002-04.
Lea Thomasthe only American Olympian between the men’s and women’s races, and Kristen Faulkner were fifth and sixth respectively.
Chloe DygertAmerica’s top road cyclist, missed the world championships after undergoing third surgery on her left leg last month following her horrific time trial crash at the September 2020 World Championships.
Olympic time trial champion and double world champion Annemiek van Vleuten finished seventh, more than 90 seconds behind compatriot van Dijk. Van Vleuten, 39, said in June that she planned to retire after the 2023 season.
Foss clocked 40:02.95 over the same course for the biggest win of his pro career and capped a remarkable upset at the end of day one of the World Road Championships.
Most were expecting a gold medal showdown between Italy’s two-time defending world champion Philippe Ganna and rising star Remco Evenepoelwho last week became the first Belgian in 44 years to win a Grand Tour by winning the Vuelta a Espana.
But Evenepoel could only clinch bronze, 9.16 seconds off the pace, while the Swiss Stefan Kung took second place 2.95 behind Foss, who could be seen shaking his head in apparent disbelief as the fanciest rivals failed to improve on his time.
Ganna finished seventh, 55.32 seconds behind Foss, with the Slovenian Tadej Pogacardouble champion of the Tour de France, sixth.
Magnus Sheffield, a 20-year-old American, was in fourth place in the final intermediate split, about 15 miles from the 21-mile course. He then hit a barrier and got up to finish 17th.
“I just got a little too greedy in one of the corners, but I think I left it all there,” Sheffield said, according to SBS Australia.
British rider Ethan Hayter held the lead at the first checkpoint, but had to switch bikes when he dropped his chain and finished fourth at 39.95 seconds.
Foss’ only previous professional wins were two Norwegian time trial championships and the national road race title, but he showed his emerging potential by winning the 2019 Tour de l’Avenir.
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