Bad luck continues to wreak havoc on Moolman-Pasio at World Championships

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio could barely fight back her tears as she walked through the mixed zone after the elite women's time trial at the UCI Road World Championships. The frustration of a season full of bad luck had mounted and then reached a breaking point after a series of ill-timed mechanicals led to a bike change, and the irritating disruption of rhythm knocked her out of contention in the Harrogate time trial.

"I'm actually struggling to understand why," Moolman-Pasio told Cyclingnews. "Another mechanical. It's been a year full of mechanicals and crashes, and I just thought it would be over by now."

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Kirsten Frattini
Deputy Editor

Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.