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UCI Road World Championships 2011

Date range:
September 19-25, 2011

September 20, Elite Women time trial: Copenhagen 27.8km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of the Elite women time trial event from Copenhagen.

  1. 15:04:46 CEST

    The weather is cloudy but so far dry in Copenhagen but rain is threatening to fall. That could make for a very interesting time trial.

  2. 15:06:57 CEST

    Rhae-Christie Shaw of Canada currently has the fastest time, setting 37:46 for the 27.8km course.

  3. 15:09:18 CEST

    Some umbrellas are starting to appear along the course. It if rains significantly, this could dramatically change the out come of the race.

  4. 15:11:33 CEST

    Canada's Clara hughes is currently fastest at half way out on the course. She has a time of 18:28.

  5. 15:16:12 CEST

    The rain is really going to affect the riders. They will have to be much more careful on the corners.

  6. 15:18:05 CEST

    Clara Hughes has also blasted through the 20.6km time check and is 12 seconds ahead.

  7. 15:19:18 CEST

    The fastest three riders have to stay in the podium area at the finish and sit on the top three hot seats. Unfortunately the cold weather means they need blankets and coats to stay warm.

  8. 15:21:10 CEST

    Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain) sets off but she will be racing in the rain all the way to the finish.

  9. 15:22:25 CEST

    Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy) starts too. The riders set off at 90 second intervals.

  10. 15:23:41 CEST

    Nontasin Chanpeng (Thailand) finishes with a time of 41:06 and is currently tenth.

  11. 15:25:01 CEST

    Ashleigh Moolman (South Africa) starts in a few minutes. She is tipped as an outsider.

  12. 15:25:36 CEST

    Julia Shaw (Great Britain) goes third fastest with an excellent time of 38:57.

  13. 15:26:31 CEST

    She finished 1:10 behind Rhae-Christie Shaw (Canada).

  14. 15:26:51 CEST

    Here comes Clara hughes.

  15. 15:27:12 CEST

    The Canadian takes the lead with a time of 37:44.

  16. 15:27:30 CEST

    She took the lead by just 2.44 seconds.

  17. 15:28:02 CEST

    She's directed to the hot seat and will have to watch to see if anyone can beat her time in the rain.

  18. 15:31:45 CEST

    Ina Teutenberg (Germany) is the next starter.

  19. 15:34:00 CEST

    Pia Sundstedt (Finland) finishes with the fifth fastest time of 39:08.

  20. 15:34:35 CEST

    The city centre course is slick, with lots of road markings and even cobbles.

  21. 15:38:00 CEST

    Pascale Schnider (Switzerland) starts, as Clara hughes takes centre spot on the hot seat. She's cleverly brought a flask with her. She'll need it.

  22. 15:39:22 CEST

    We can confirm from the Cyclingnews blimp that the weather is getting worse over Copenhagen. The rain is closing in and the clouds are getting lower.

  23. 15:42:04 CEST

    Shara Gillow of Australia is fourth fastest at the first split, 12 seconds slower. We will see how the poorer weather conditions affect her chances.

  24. 15:44:58 CEST

    Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands) is also riding well in the rain. She is third fastest at the first split, just 7 seconds down.

  25. 15:48:08 CEST

    Evelyn Stevens (United States Of America) is only tenth at the first time split. She is already 18 seconds down.

  26. 15:50:03 CEST

    Shara Gillow (Australia) holds her fourth fastest time at the second split.

  27. 15:50:45 CEST

    Alexandra Burchenkova (Russian) almost lost it there on a cobbled corner.

  28. 15:51:43 CEST

    Teutenberg hits the second time split (half way) with a time of 18:51. She is 23 seconds off the pace.

  29. 15:55:51 CEST

    Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands) is producing a great ride in the rain, setting the second fastest time after one of the two laps. 

  30. 15:56:13 CEST

    She set a time of 18:33.68.

  31. 15:57:27 CEST

    Stevens (USA) sets a split time of 18:59 She is seventh fastest.

  32. 15:58:27 CEST

    The final group of riders, including most of the big favourites, are about to start. Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (France) is next off.

  33. 15:58:49 CEST

    Emma Pooley (Great Britain) is last off today.

  34. 16:02:27 CEST

    Noemi Cantele (Italy) is off as Longo Borghini finishes in 13th place.

  35. 16:03:22 CEST

    Van Dijk is flying and is just four seconds off the pace, despite the rain.

  36. 16:05:09 CEST

    Ashleigh Moolman (South Africa) suffered in the rain and may even have suffered a mechanical problem. She sets a time of 40:14.

  37. 16:06:10 CEST

    Marianne Vos (Netherlands) is about to set off. Can she add a TT title to  her many other accolades?

  38. 16:07:49 CEST

    Shara Gillow (Australia) finishes with a time of 38:07 to take third fastest so far.

  39. 16:08:15 CEST

    Vos sprints up to speed. She could be good on the technical and wet course.

  40. 16:10:49 CEST

    Teutenberg finishes, with an excellent 38:03, taking third place for now. That was a great ride in the rain.

  41. 16:11:43 CEST

    Judith Arndt (Germany) is off soon. She looks tense, angry and ready to race.

  42. 16:12:32 CEST

    Emilia Fahlin (Sweden) is only seventh fastest at the first split with 8:40. 

  43. 16:12:42 CEST

    Here comes Van Dijk.

  44. 16:13:23 CEST

    She sets a time of 38:46. 2.09 seconds slower than Clara Hughes.

  45. 16:13:55 CEST

    Clara hughes (Canada) can rightly smile on the hot seat.

  46. 16:14:39 CEST

    Amber Neben (United States Of America) sets off in the rain. Just Arndt and Pooley left to go.

  47. 16:15:40 CEST

    Arndt quickly pushes a big gear up to speed.

  48. 16:17:21 CEST

    Evelyn Stevens (United States Of America) finishes but is only seventh with 38:29.

  49. 16:17:46 CEST

    Emma Pooley starts, meaning all the riders are now on the course.

  50. 16:23:40 CEST

    Neben is third fastest at the first check.

  51. 16:24:57 CEST

    Vos was aggressive but only eighth at the first split.

  52. 16:25:31 CEST

    Linda Melanie Villumsen (New Zealand) is looking good.

  53. 16:26:26 CEST

    She set a half-way time of 18:30.38, just a second slower than Hughes. Can she hold that pace in the rain?

  54. 16:27:27 CEST

    Vos is off the pace, with a time of 18:54 for the first lap.

  55. 16:28:33 CEST

    Pooley was fourth at the first split. She might suffer in the rain but is putting up a fight.

  56. 16:30:47 CEST

    Canada's Tara Whitten isalso gonig well. She is third fastest with 18:33 after a lap. 

  57. 16:33:15 CEST

    Arndt is coming up to the first lap time split.

  58. 16:33:27 CEST

    is she faster?

  59. 16:34:18 CEST

    No. She is second faster, just 1.51 seconds down. Can she keept it going?

  60. 16:35:50 CEST

    Pooley sets a time of 18:29. less than a second behind hughes. This is going to be a close battle for the world title.

  61. 16:38:37 CEST

    Amber Naben (USA) was seventh at the half-way point, 8 seconds down. Can she lift her game in the final lap and join the fight for the medals? Maybe. 

  62. 16:40:17 CEST

    Linda Melanie Villumsen (New Zealand) is also in the mix. She is so far fastest at the third split.

  63. 16:41:04 CEST

    The rain has eased but the roads are still wet.

  64. 16:42:02 CEST

    Noemi Cantele (Italy) finishes with a time that gets here in the top ten.

  65. 16:42:48 CEST

    Whitten is coming in and sets a time of 37:33 and snatches the best time from her fellow Canadian. Wow.

  66. 16:43:26 CEST

    She was only third fastest at the last split but finished well.

  67. 16:44:00 CEST

    Linda Melanie Villumsen (New Zealand). She gets it with a time of 37:29.

  68. 16:44:30 CEST

    She raced for Denmark before changing nationality and so gets a huge cheer.

  69. 16:45:55 CEST

    Arndt is fastest at the third time split.

  70. 16:46:41 CEST

    Vos finishes only seventh. She won't be happy.

  71. 16:49:52 CEST

    Pooley is slightly off the pace now. Arndt is clsoe to finishing. Can she snatch it?

  72. 16:50:45 CEST

    Emma Johansson (Sweden) stops the clock with 8:05. 11th place for now.

  73. 16:51:09 CEST

    Amber Neben (United States Of America) is next in.

  74. 16:51:51 CEST

    she sets a time of 37:48, for sixth so far. 

  75. 16:52:16 CEST

    Here's Arndt. How will she salute a victory ride?

  76. 16:52:57 CEST

    Arndt is fastest 37:07. That is 21 second faster than Linda Melanie Villumsen (New Zealand).

  77. 16:53:28 CEST

    She hugs her soigneur and teammate Ina Teutenberg.

  78. 16:54:54 CEST

    Emma Pooley (Great Britain) finishes in a time of 37:31, that gives her the bronze medal behind Arndt and Villumsen. 

  79. 16:55:22 CEST

    Judith Ardnt can finally celebrate being world time trial champion.

  80. 16:56:30 CEST

    She set a time of 37:07.38.

  81. 16:57:46 CEST

    Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) was second with 37:29.11.
    Emma Pooley (Great Britain) was third with 37:31.51, while Canada's Tara Whitten (37:33.54) and Clara Hughes (37:44.17) finished fourth and fifth.

  82. 17:00:19 CEST

    That's it from today's Cyclingnews live coverage. We're going to land the blimp carefully and get it ready for Wednesday's elite men time trial.

  83. 17:01:21 CEST

    Provisional Results:

    1.Judith Arndt (Germany) 37:07.38
    2.Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) 37:29.11
    3.Emma Pooley (Great Britain) 37:31.51
    4.Tara Whitten (Canada) 37:33.54
    5.Clara Hughes (Canada) 37:44.17
    6.Eleonara Van Dijk (Netherlands) 37:46.26
    7.Rhae-Christe Shaw (Canada) 37:46.41
    8.Amber Neben (USA) 37:48.47
    9.Emilia Fahlin (Sweden) 38:02.44
    10.Marianne Vos (Netherlands) 38:03.15

  84. 17:01:46 CEST

    Join us tomorrow for action from the UCI World Championships.