Two riders in the top ten of world championships time trial
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (South Africa) and Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Denmark) both finished in the top 10 of the individual time trial in the UCI Road World Championships today.
The women's elite time trial was on a 21,1-kilometre course that featured a 1,5 km climb of Birkelundsbakken. Rain fell intermittently in Bergen, Norway which made the course tricky in parts.
Moolman-Pasio who is the South African time trial champion was seventh while Uttrup Ludwig who is the Danish time trial champion was tenth.
Moolman-Pasio says she’s satisfied with the result. “I’d thought I’d be happy with a top 10 before the day. It’s the first year that I’ve really targeted a world championships TT so I am happy with a seventh place, I think it’s a solid result. It was always going to be interesting to see how the course measured up. There was a lot of climbing in the first part then a long descent in the second half. In my case, with riders likes Ellen van Dijk and Linda Villumsen, they really came back on the downhill. For a rider like myself, I lack weight when it comes to the downhill but considering everything, I am really happy with my result.”
"I maybe could have gone faster on the descent but I left it all out there," Uttrup Ludwig said. "I was hoping for a top 15 before the race so I am proud of this result. It wasn't something I expected. It's more than a dream come true. Ashleigh is so strong so it's great to see her finish in the top 10 so close to the medals. Lotta [Lepistö] had a great run too."
Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) was crowned world champion with the fastest time of 28:50.35.
Team sprint specialist Lotta Lepistö was 20th representing Finland. The riders will now recover for Saturday’s road race. The road race will be on a circuit in Bergen. The elite peloton will do 8 laps to complete a distance of 152,8km.