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Arndt claims time trial world title

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Judith Arndt (Germany) on her way to winning the time trial world championship

Judith Arndt (Germany) on her way to winning the time trial world championship
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Shara Gillow (Australia)

Shara Gillow (Australia)
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Amber Neben (USA) replaced Kirstin Armstrong in the time trial

Amber Neben (USA) replaced Kirstin Armstrong in the time trial
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Taryn Heather (Australia)

Taryn Heather (Australia)
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

Marianne Vos (Netherlands)
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Noemi Cantele (Italy) sets off

Noemi Cantele (Italy) sets off
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Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) with the silver medal

Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) with the silver medal
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Emma Pooley (Great Britain) was pleased with bronze in the time trial

Emma Pooley (Great Britain) was pleased with bronze in the time trial
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Judtih Arndt savours her first time trial world title

Judtih Arndt savours her first time trial world title
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The elite women's podium in Copenhagen

The elite women's podium in Copenhagen
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Judth Arndt celebrates her rainbow jersey

Judth Arndt celebrates her rainbow jersey
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Judith Arndt (Germany) heads out for her winning performance in the world championship time trial

Judith Arndt (Germany) heads out for her winning performance in the world championship time trial
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Emma Pooley (Great Britain) sets off for her time trial

Emma Pooley (Great Britain) sets off for her time trial
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One last deep breath before the start for Shara Gillow of Australia

One last deep breath before the start for Shara Gillow of Australia
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Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy)

Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy)
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Michelle Lauge Jensen (Denmark) races in front of her home crowd

Michelle Lauge Jensen (Denmark) races in front of her home crowd
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Melodie Lesueur (France)

Melodie Lesueur (France)
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Shara Gillow (Australia) heads down the ramp

Shara Gillow (Australia) heads down the ramp
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Alenka Novak (Slovenia)

Alenka Novak (Slovenia)
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Clara Hughes (Canada)

Clara Hughes (Canada)
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Eneritz Iturriagaechevarria Mazaga (Spain)

Eneritz Iturriagaechevarria Mazaga (Spain)
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Michelle Lauge Jensen (Denmark)

Michelle Lauge Jensen (Denmark)
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Germany's Judith Arndt has been on the podium at worlds, but never won the time trial

Germany's Judith Arndt has been on the podium at worlds, but never won the time trial
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Judith Arndt (Germany) the 2011 world champion in the time trial

Judith Arndt (Germany) the 2011 world champion in the time trial
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Linda Villumsen, formerly of Denmark, rides for her adopted home of New Zealand

Linda Villumsen, formerly of Denmark, rides for her adopted home of New Zealand
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Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands)

Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands)
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Judith Arndt (Germany) on her way to gold.

Judith Arndt (Germany) on her way to gold.
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Judith Arndt (Germany) heads to the finish to win the time trial

Judith Arndt (Germany) heads to the finish to win the time trial
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Arndt brings home the bacon in Copenhagen

Arndt brings home the bacon in Copenhagen
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Judith Arndt (Germany) had to endure treacherous wet roads en route to her victory

Judith Arndt (Germany) had to endure treacherous wet roads en route to her victory
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Emma Pooley (Great Britain)

Emma Pooley (Great Britain)
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Judith Arndt pulls on her rainbow jersey

Judith Arndt pulls on her rainbow jersey
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The podium of the elite women TT: Villumsen, Arndt and Pooley

The podium of the elite women TT: Villumsen, Arndt and Pooley
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Judith Arndt waves after pulling on her rainbow jersey

Judith Arndt waves after pulling on her rainbow jersey
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Judith Arndt smiles after finally winning a TT gold

Judith Arndt smiles after finally winning a TT gold
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An emotional Judith Arndt on the podium

An emotional Judith Arndt on the podium
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Elite women's podium at the world championship time trial in Copenhagen, Denmark

Elite women's podium at the world championship time trial in Copenhagen, Denmark
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Judith Arndt (Germany) is perfectly poised on her TT bike

Judith Arndt (Germany) is perfectly poised on her TT bike
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 Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands) was fast but not fast enough

Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands) was fast but not fast enough
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Here she comes

Here she comes
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Judith Arndt (Germany) close up

Judith Arndt (Germany) close up
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Judith Arndt (Germany) has a good aero position

Judith Arndt (Germany) has a good aero position
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Marianne Vos (Netherlands) rode aggressively but finished tenth

Marianne Vos (Netherlands) rode aggressively but finished tenth
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Judith Arndt (Germany) gets ready to corner at speed

Judith Arndt (Germany) gets ready to corner at speed
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Judith Arndt (Germany) gets a hug after her gold medal winning ride.

Judith Arndt (Germany) gets a hug after her gold medal winning ride.
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After years of near misses, Judith Arndt finally tasted victory in the women's individual time trial at the UCI World Championships thanks to a scintillating performance over the second lap of the rain-soaked Copenhagen circuit. The experienced German ultimately had 22 seconds to spare over Linda Villumsen (New Zealand), with defending champion Emma Pooley (Great Britain) a further two seconds back in third.

Showing impeccable poise over a technical course that included a number of treacherous corners and cobbled sections, Arndt was impervious to the slippery conditions and gradually pulled away from a tightly-packed field in the final 12km to take the third rainbow jersey of her career, following her world titles in the individual pursuit (1997) and the road race (2004).

"I have chased this medal for many years," a delighted Arndt said afterwards. "I won my first medal in the time trial in 1997 and since then I have tried to win the gold medal. I can't tell you how much it means to me. It's really a long time coming and finally it worked out. When I came into the finish I felt really dizzy and I could not believe fully that it finally happened."

The final standings saw a repeat of the podium from Geelong 12 months ago, albeit in a different order, as Villumsen moved up to second place and Emma Pooley slipped to third. As defending champion, Pooley had the honour of being the last rider down the start ramp, and she reached the midway point well in contention as one of seven riders grouped within eight seconds of one another.

Over the second half of the course, however, Pooley - like everyone else - had to give best to the rampant Arndt, who simply took flight after a tentative opening lap. Nonetheless, the Englishwoman fought gamely to the end and declared herself pleased with her showing on a flat circuit ill-suited to her punchy characteristics.

"I think this time last year I would have been lucky to have been in the top 10 on this kind of course," Pooley said. "Maybe it looks like a worse result, but last year the course was actually quite hilly and that broke it up, and so I think I've improved my time trialling to do better this year on a course that really doesn't suit me."

Canadians lead the charge

The early pace-setter was Canada's Rhae-Christie Shaw, who rocketed around the course in 37:46, but shortly afterwards, she was replaced in the hot seat by her fellow countrywoman Clara Hughes. By that point, a steady drizzle had begun to fall over Copenhagen, and by the time the final wave of starters got underway, it was clear that mastering the increasingly treacherous road conditions would be the key to victory.

Ellen Van Dijk (Netherlands) had the misfortune of setting off down the start ramp just as the rain was at its heaviest, but she produced a confident performance to finish the day in sixth place. By contrast, her fellow countrywoman Marianne Vos struggled to find a rhythm throughout and had to settle for 10th.

Just before Vos crossed the line, Tara Whitten had become the third Canadian of the day to post the quickest time at the finish, and as she settled into the hotseat and watched Arndt, Pooley et al. thrash around the course, it became apparent that a large spread of riders were in contention for podium places.

Hughes held the best time at the second intermediate time check, but Pooley, Arndt, Villumsen, Whitten, Van Dijk and Amber Neben (USA) were all within eight seconds of one another at that point, and the stage seemed set for a thrillingly tight finale.

It was at this point that Arndt sparked into life, however. The German opted to race without a radio, but after spotting that she was just one second down on the scoreboard at the start finish line, she knew that the rainbow jersey was still within her grasp.

"I had no radio so I had no idea about my time," Arndt said. "I just was a little bit careful on the first lap because I wasn't sure how the corners were in the rain, so I tried to find that out."

Over the opening half of the second lap, the final standings began to take shape, as Arndt went into overdrive and stretched out an eight-second lead over Villumsen, with Pooley a further four seconds behind. From that point on, it was increasingly clear that only a mishap could deny Arndt the title she had coveted for so long.

"On the second lap, on every corner you could go full on except for two, so I did better on the second lap," Arndt said at the finish. A mistress of understatement and a champion of the world to boot.

Full Results

1Judith Arndt (Germany)0:37:07.38
2Linda Melanie Villumsen (New Zealand)0:00:21.73
3Emma Pooley (Great Britain)0:00:24.13
4Tara Whitten (Canada)0:00:26.16
5Clara Hughes (Canada)0:00:36.79
6Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands)0:00:38.88
7Rhae-Christie Shaw (Canada)0:00:39.23
8Amber Neben (United States of America)0:00:41.09
9Emilia Fahlin (Sweden)0:00:55.06
10Marianne Vos (Netherlands)0:00:55.77
11Ina Teutenberg (Germany)0:00:56.14
12Shara Gillow (Australia)0:01:00.55
13Elena Tchalykh (Azerbaijan)0:01:00.84
14Emma Johansson (Sweden)0:01:01.13
15Evelyn Stevens (United States of America)0:01:21.73
16Olga Zabelinskaya (Russian Federation)0:01:25.20
17Julia Shaw (Great Britain)0:01:49.88
18Noemi Cantele (Italy)0:01:58.26
19Pascale Schnider (Switzerland)0:01:58.84
20Pia Sundstedt (Finland)0:02:01.33
21Melodie Lesueur (France)0:02:04.91
22Aleksandra Sosenko (Lithuania)0:02:08.82
23Olena Pavlukhina (Ukraine)0:02:19.05
24Latoya Brulee (Belgium)0:02:29.12
25Grete Treier (Estonia)0:02:33.78
26Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)0:02:42.41
27Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (France)0:02:45.56
28Martina Sablikova (Czech Republic)0:02:57.43
29Alexandra Burchenkova (Russian Federation)0:03:01.22
30Ashleigh Moolman (South Africa)0:03:07.52
31Taryn Heather (Australia)0:03:08.71
32Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy)0:03:13.09
33Michelle Lauge Jensen (Denmark)0:03:19.29
34Rutar Tjasa (Slovenia)0:03:20.45
35Eneritz Iturriagaechevarria Mazaga (Spain)0:03:28.91
36Alena Amialiusik (Belarus)0:03:29.20
37Katarzyna Sosna (Lithuania)0:03:33.05
38Liesbet De Vocht (Belgium)0:03:44.95
39Valeria Muller (Argentina)0:03:52.77
40Nontasin Chanpeng (Thailand)0:03:59.35
41Tetyana Riabchenko (Ukraine)0:04:00.58
42Verónica Leal Balderas (Mexico)0:04:07.34
43Alenka Novak (Slovenia)0:04:12.46
44Kathryn Bertine (Saint Kitts and Nevis)0:04:17.64
45Monrudee Chapookham (Thailand)0:04:21.88
46Jacqueline Hahn (Austria)0:04:48.44
47Dinah Chan (Singapore)0:04:56.11
48Yelena Antonova (Kazakhstan)0:05:21.82
49Martina Ruzickova (Czech Republic)0:05:46.28
50Seba Alraai (Syrian Arab Republic)0:09:40.76
51Claire Fraser (Guyana)0:09:45.43

 

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