Team Time Trial over 20km, short and hard:
ITT – Individual Time Trial
Went yesterday and what a race. I was hoping a bit for Ellen Van Dijk after last years bad luck with a lot of rain when she rode compared to dry when Lisa Brennauer rode. She sits perfect on her Shiv but didn’t have the power or cornering to win yesterday.
Instead we can all rise and say: GRATULERER LINDA! (means congratulations in danish) to Linda Villumsen, the former dane that moved to New Zealand and probably impressed everyone yesterday. I know she’s good but that good? She was in the lead compared to Kristin Armstrong who was in the hot seat all day but the commentators thought she would fade, like the others who had been in front of Armstrong in the beginning. But the distance grew to halfway point and then she kept it steady.
That’s how a Time Trial should be ridden, go out hard and keep the tempo all the way. Perfectly ridden and such a worthy winner 😀
Next impressing rider is the 2nd rider, Anna van der Breggen! Is she so good on time trial? I think she liked the turns of this course and got the best motivation she can get for the Olympics in Rio next year which she aims at. Only 2 seconds behind Villumsen.
3rd was last years winner Lisa Brennauer that did a solid race and took some time on the last of the two laps.
All the results here: Pro Cycling Stats
Giant is not just having a women line-up of bikes and things, they made a complete brand for it. A brand with ambassadors and riders like Marianne Vos dominating road and CX, Pauline Ferrand Prevot that is the new Vos +mtb and had Jolanda Neff who is the new dominating rider on mtb.
Was launched at Eurobike and here is a video from it:
While I was in Czech Republis there has been some great racing in the Netherlands. Here’s some highlights from the women stage race:
And a nice little video from a place an hour from where I live: