Seventh for Leah Thomas in the ITT at the World Championships
A 30.3km long route from Ripon to Harrogate set the scene for the Elite women's time trial at the 2019 World Championships. The hilly parcours offered up four climbs in total, including a 7 per cent-steep ascent in Bedlam, and a slightly longer 5 per cent-steep ascent at Hampsthwaite which was followed by a tricky descent.
Two Bigla riders, Leah Thomas of the USA, and Elise Chabbey of Switzerland, took to the start today to compete in the race against the clock. The very first rider rolled out of the start house almost 40 minutes later than anticipated, after the UCI postponed the race due to torrential weather earlier in the day. Although conditions had improved for the women's Elite race, the streets were still wet, which made navigating the course that little bit trickier.
Elise was the 15th rider of the day to set off, and ended up completing the course in 22nd position, while Leah was the second-last rider to leave the start house. The current Pan-American time trial champion put in a strong performance in difficult conditions to finish seventh overall.
After the race, Leah said: "The World Championships was a big goal of mine this year and if I am honest, I was disappointed with not being able to put out my best performance today. I struggled with some hip issues the past days, and in such a strong field, you really need to be on your 'A game' in order to be competitive. I know that you learn the most from setbacks and adversity, and it is how you respond to these moments that shapes you as an athlete. Congratulations to Chloe for an amazing ride and a huge thanks to Bigla and our partners and USA Cycling for the support and for setting me up for the opportunity to be successful."
Next up for both riders, as well as several of their Bigla teammates, will be the Elite road race this Saturday, a course of around 150km featuring 2400m of elevation over three laps from Bradford to Harrogate.