Ann-Sophie Duyck wins fifth consecutive national title in Belgium
The national championships got off to the best possible start for the Cervélo Bigla Pro Cycling Team as Ann-Sophie Duyck successfully defended her time trial title in Belgium.
The course was made of a 14.4-kilometre circuit that was navigated twice to cover a distance of 28.8 km. Duyck was swift, taking only 40 minutes to complete the championships, one minute eleven seconds faster than the silver medal winner.
“I’m very happy because I was a bit uncertain coming into the race, it was a very fast course and I was worried I wouldn’t be fast enough but after the first lap I already took some time on my competitors and kept on the pace,” Duyck said.
“The course was near my home and I did a lot of recons so I knew it off by heart. I knew exactly what was coming but there was a lot of wind blowing today and I didn’t take any risks in the corners and everything went smoothly. I’m very happy with how I did the race.”
This is the fifth consecutive year Duyck walks away with the title. She says being a national champion is an achievement you always appreciate.
“You never get used to the jersey. A championship always brings new nerves and we had to prove something today because the course is only 20 minutes from my house so it’s really nice to win here, that was the only option today,” Duyck concluded.
The national championships will continue across Europe over the next two weeks. See the schedule here.
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