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Dygert wins junior time trial World Championship

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Chloe Dygert (United States of America) wins the junior women's time trial world title

Chloe Dygert (United States of America) wins the junior women's time trial world title
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Chloe Dygert (UnitedStates of America) wins the junior world title in the time trial

Chloe Dygert (UnitedStates of America) wins the junior world title in the time trial
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Chloe Dygert (United States of America) in the rainbow jersey

Chloe Dygert (United States of America) in the rainbow jersey
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Emma White (USA) took the silver medal

Emma White (USA) took the silver medal
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Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia) took the bronze medal

Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia) took the bronze medal
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Chloe Dygert (United States of America)

Chloe Dygert (United States of America)
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Chloe Dygert (United States of America) wins the junior women's time trial title

Chloe Dygert (United States of America) wins the junior women's time trial title
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Junior women's time trial podium (l-r): Emma White (USA), Chloe Dygert (USA), Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia)

Junior women's time trial podium (l-r): Emma White (USA), Chloe Dygert (USA), Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia)
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The junior women's time trial podium

The junior women's time trial podium
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Chloe Dygert (United States of America) wears the world champion's jersey after winning the junior women's time trial

Chloe Dygert (United States of America) wears the world champion's jersey after winning the junior women's time trial
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Chloe Dygert (United States of America) tops the podium

Chloe Dygert (United States of America) tops the podium
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Emma White (United States of America) took the silver medal in the junior women's time trial at Worlds

Emma White (United States of America) took the silver medal in the junior women's time trial at Worlds
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Susanne Andersen (Norway)

Susanne Andersen (Norway)
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Juliette Labous (France) was fifth in the junior women's time trial at Worlds

Juliette Labous (France) was fifth in the junior women's time trial at Worlds
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Juliette Labous (France) fifth on the day

Juliette Labous (France) fifth on the day
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Camila Valbuena (Colombia)

Camila Valbuena (Colombia)
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Emma White (United States of America) secured the silver medal at the junior women's time trial

Emma White (United States of America) secured the silver medal at the junior women's time trial
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Emma White (United States of America) was second to her compatriot Dygert

Emma White (United States of America) was second to her compatriot Dygert
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Kseniia Tcymbaliuk (Russia)

Kseniia Tcymbaliuk (Russia)
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Kseniia Tcymbaliuk (Russia)

Kseniia Tcymbaliuk (Russia)
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Agnieszka Skalniak (Poland)

Agnieszka Skalniak (Poland)
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Aafke Soet (Netherlands) was sixth in the junior women's time trial at Worlds

Aafke Soet (Netherlands) was sixth in the junior women's time trial at Worlds
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Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia) took the bronze medal

Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia) took the bronze medal
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Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia)

Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia)
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Pernille Mathiesen (Denmark) was fourth

Pernille Mathiesen (Denmark) was fourth
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Lisa Morzenti (Italy)

Lisa Morzenti (Italy)
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Maria Eva Palm (Belgium)

Maria Eva Palm (Belgium)
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Maria Eva Palm (Belgium)

Maria Eva Palm (Belgium)
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Marion Borras (France)

Marion Borras (France)
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Chloe Dygert (UnitedStates of America) on her way to winning the junior world title in the time trial at the World Championships

Chloe Dygert (UnitedStates of America) on her way to winning the junior world title in the time trial at the World Championships
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Natalia Studenikina (Russian Federation) was 13th in the junior time trial

Natalia Studenikina (Russian Federation) was 13th in the junior time trial
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Nathalie Bex (Belgium) was 30th in the junior time trial at Worlds

Nathalie Bex (Belgium) was 30th in the junior time trial at Worlds
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Nathalie Bex (Belgium)

Nathalie Bex (Belgium)
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Nathalie Bex (Belgium)

Nathalie Bex (Belgium)
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Yara Kastelijn (Netherlands)

Yara Kastelijn (Netherlands)
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Yara Kastelijn (Netherlands)

Yara Kastelijn (Netherlands)
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Abby-Mae Parkinson (Great Britain)

Abby-Mae Parkinson (Great Britain)
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Aline Seitz (Switzerland) was 16th on the day

Aline Seitz (Switzerland) was 16th on the day
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Aline Seitz (Switzerland)

Aline Seitz (Switzerland)
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Maria Eva Palm (Belgium)

Maria Eva Palm (Belgium)
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Pernille Mathiesen (Denmark)

Pernille Mathiesen (Denmark)
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Chloe Dygert claimed the USA’s first gold medal at the World Championships as she took a convincing victory in the junior women’s time trial on Monday in Richmond, Virginia. Dygert’s compatriot Emma White secured the home nation a 1-2, finishing 1:06 behind with the silver medal. Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia) repeated her performance of last year and claimed the bronze medal once again.

It was the first World Championship for Dygert, who spent last year recuperating from a torn ACL - the result of her love of playing basketball aggressively - but she handled the pressure and the post-race celebration in an unusually calm manner, simply saying she enjoyed the experience.

"I felt OK. This is my first hard effort in a while, I've been sick, so I didn't know what to expect," Dygert said to Cyclingnews. "I'm happy with what I was able to do.

"It was a miserable ride, but I did it. I couldn't have done it without all the support from my friends and family. It was more of a mental thing of being sick and not being able to do well. The support got me to where I was today."

Dygert had the advantage of starting early on a day where the wind picked up throughout the morning, but her margin of victory was such that the conditions made little difference. "I'm a power climber, so the short bursts of wind - I was able to pull through those. I had a radio piece in for Ina [Teutenberg] in the car, and ear plug to block the wind - if I can't hear it, [I think] mentally blocking that out makes me forget about the wind.

"Having Ina back in the car was a big help. She told me when to stay in the aero bars in a turn, what's coming up next, watch out for that pothole, we memorized the course. It was really nice to have her back there, she's a huge inspiration and she knows everything there is to know about cycling."

Dygert, was one of the earlier starters coming down the ramp eighth of 37 starters. She blasted around the 15-kilometre course in a time of 20:18:47, smashing the previous best time set by Gillian Ellsay by 1:45. The 18-year-old from Indiana would then have a long wait until she would be confirmed as the new world champion. While former winner Macey Stewart wouldn’t be racing, last year’s medallists Pernille Mathiesen (Denmark) and Hull were present and it would be a tense wait.

With all of the riders having passed through the first intermediate check, Dygert’s victory looked more secure. Second placed, White could only manage to get within 12 seconds of her teammate at the intermediate check but that had expanded to over a minute by the finish line.

White, fifth in last year's world championships, was thrilled to close out her junior career with a silver medal and give her country its third medal of the Worlds. "It's amazing and it feels even better to know my teammate was first. It's a really successful day," White said.

"I've been working really hard this season. I was fifth last year and I was hoping to move up. It's not real until it actually happens, so I'm really happy today.
I think it was a perfect course. It challenged strength and bike handling. It really showed the true strength of a rider.

Australia's Hull had a bad start and set only the seventh fastest time just before the halfway point but rallied and climbed the rankings to third by the finish line.

Last year’s silver medallist Mathiesen was one of the pre-race favourites. She came out quickly and went through the intermediate check in third place but Hull’s late surge proved enough to deny her a medal in the end. France’s Juliette Labous completed the top five, finishing 1:35 behind Dygert.

The Australian told Cyclingnews that while the first half of the course didn't suit her, the second half was the place where she could make up time. "I loved the end, the technical section and the hill really suited me," Hull said. "I had to bring it home, and I knew that's where I'd make up a lot of time if I wanted to podium.

"I worked really hard, coming into this race is probably the best-ever preparation I've had in handling my performance anxiety, I couldn't be happier with today."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Dygert (United States of America)0:20:18
2Emma White (United States of America)0:01:06
3Anna-Leeza Hull (Australia)0:01:26
4Pernille Mathiesen (Denmark)0:01:30
5Juliette Labous (France)0:01:36
6Aafke Soet (Netherlands)0:01:41
7Daria Pikulik (Poland)
8Gillian Ellsay (Canada)0:01:45
9Agnieszka Skalniak (Poland)0:01:47
10Emeliah Harvie (Canada)0:01:49
11Yumi Kajihara (Japan)0:01:54
12Camila Valbuena (Colombia)0:01:56
13Natalia Studenikina (Russian Federation)0:02:02
14Yara Kastelijn (Netherlands)
15Nikola Noskova (Czech Republic)0:02:03
16Aline Seitz (Switzerland)0:02:05
17Lisa Morzenti (Italy)0:02:07
18Marion Borras (France)0:02:13
19Susanne Andersen (Norway)
20Ida Jansson (Sweden)0:02:14
21Kseniia Tcymbaliuk (Russia)
22Sofia Bertizzolo (Italy)0:02:22
23Abby-Mae Parkinson (Great Britain)
24Georgia Catterick (Australia)0:02:27
25Frida Knutsson (Sweden)0:02:30
26Ema Manikaite (Lithuania)0:02:34
27Maria Eva Palm (Belgium)0:02:39
28Ciara Doogan (Ireland)0:02:46
29Maria Calderon (Spain)0:03:02
30Nathalie Bex (Belgium)0:03:03
31Elizabeth Holden (Great Britain)0:03:06
32Ingvild Gaskjenn (Norway)0:03:07
33Ana Suarez (Ecuador)0:03:42
34Teresa Ripoll (Spain)0:04:14
35Diana Ramos (Puerto Rico)0:04:35
36Helen Mitchell (Zimbabwe)0:05:00
37Christa Riffel (Germany)0:05:22

 

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