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Emma Pooley (Great Britain) speeds along the Bayfront on her way to the world time trial title

Emma Pooley (Great Britain) speeds along the Bayfront on her way to the world time trial title
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Alexis Rhodes (Australia) put in big effort but faded.

Alexis Rhodes (Australia) put in big effort but faded.
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Amber Neben (United States) did well for her fourth place.

Amber Neben (United States) did well for her fourth place.
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Vicki Whitelaw (Australia)

Vicki Whitelaw (Australia)
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Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France) was looking strong, but could only manage 5th place.

Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France) was looking strong, but could only manage 5th place.
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Anne Samplonius (Canada) at the top of the climb.

Anne Samplonius (Canada) at the top of the climb.
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Emma Pooley (Great Britain) had to change her bike setup right before the race as it didn't comply with regulations.

Emma Pooley (Great Britain) had to change her bike setup right before the race as it didn't comply with regulations.
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Evelyn Stevens (United States) finished in sixth place.

Evelyn Stevens (United States) finished in sixth place.
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Judith Arndt (Germany) powers over the main climb.

Judith Arndt (Germany) powers over the main climb.
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New world champion Emma Pooley (Great Britain) on the podium

New world champion Emma Pooley (Great Britain) on the podium
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Judith Arndt (Germany) heads for silver in Geelong

Judith Arndt (Germany) heads for silver in Geelong
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Bronze medallist Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) was also third in 2009

Bronze medallist Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) was also third in 2009
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Previous world champion Amber Neben (United States) was fourth

Previous world champion Amber Neben (United States) was fourth
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Last year's silver medallist Noemi Cantele (Italy) finished 12th in Geelong

Last year's silver medallist Noemi Cantele (Italy) finished 12th in Geelong
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Emma Pooley (Great Britain) on the way to gold

Emma Pooley (Great Britain) on the way to gold
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Emilia Fahlin (Sweden) was ninth fastest

Emilia Fahlin (Sweden) was ninth fastest
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French great Jeannie Longo rides in the top five

French great Jeannie Longo rides in the top five
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Charlotte Becker (Cervelo Test Team) in action

Charlotte Becker (Cervelo Test Team) in action
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Anne Samplonius (Canada) finished 15th

Anne Samplonius (Canada) finished 15th
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The women's time trial podium - Judith Arndt (Germany), Emma Pooley (Great Britain) and Linda Villumsen (New Zealand)

The women's time trial podium - Judith Arndt (Germany), Emma Pooley (Great Britain) and Linda Villumsen (New Zealand)
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Italian time trial Champion Tatiana Guderzo

Italian time trial Champion Tatiana Guderzo
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Evelyn Stevens (HTC - Columbia Women) on the Bayside part of the race

Evelyn Stevens (HTC - Columbia Women) on the Bayside part of the race
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Tara Whitten (Canada) finished eighth

Tara Whitten (Canada) finished eighth
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Best Australian finisher - Shara Gillow (Australia)

Best Australian finisher - Shara Gillow (Australia)
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Switzerland's Patricia Schwager

Switzerland's Patricia Schwager
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Swede Emma Johansson finished just outside of the top ten

Swede Emma Johansson finished just outside of the top ten
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Melanie Villumsen (New Zealand) crosses the finish line.

Melanie Villumsen (New Zealand) crosses the finish line.
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Naomi Cantele (Italy) was aiming for the victory, but only managed 12th place.

Naomi Cantele (Italy) was aiming for the victory, but only managed 12th place.
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Emma Pooley is the first British woman to win a time trial world championship.

Emma Pooley is the first British woman to win a time trial world championship.
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Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) rode a solid race.

Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) rode a solid race.
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Emma Pooley (Great Britain) packs a lots of punch for a small rider.

Emma Pooley (Great Britain) packs a lots of punch for a small rider.
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Podium (L-R): Judith Arndt (Germany), Emma Pooley (Great Britain) and Linda Villumsen (New Zealand)

Podium (L-R): Judith Arndt (Germany), Emma Pooley (Great Britain) and Linda Villumsen (New Zealand)
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Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) was just seven tenths of a second of second place.

Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) was just seven tenths of a second of second place.
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Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) was 10th on the day.

Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) was 10th on the day.
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Emma Pooley (Great Britain) couldn't be touched, setting a time 15 seconds faster than her nearest rival.

Emma Pooley (Great Britain) couldn't be touched, setting a time 15 seconds faster than her nearest rival.
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Emma Pooley was pleased to hear her national anthem on the Worlds podium.

Emma Pooley was pleased to hear her national anthem on the Worlds podium.
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Podium (L-R): Judith Arndt (Germany), Emma Pooley (Great Britain) and Linda Villumsen (New Zealand).

Podium (L-R): Judith Arndt (Germany), Emma Pooley (Great Britain) and Linda Villumsen (New Zealand).
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Judith Arndt (Germany) just managed to hang on for second place.

Judith Arndt (Germany) just managed to hang on for second place.
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Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) hurts on one of the climbs.

Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) hurts on one of the climbs.
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Olga Zabelinskaya (Russian Federation) finished way back in 20th place.

Olga Zabelinskaya (Russian Federation) finished way back in 20th place.
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Podium (L-R): Judith Arndt (Germany), Emma Pooley (Great Britain) and Linda Villumsen (New Zealand).

Podium (L-R): Judith Arndt (Germany), Emma Pooley (Great Britain) and Linda Villumsen (New Zealand).
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Emma Pooley (Great Britain) shows off her gold medal.

Emma Pooley (Great Britain) shows off her gold medal.
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Emma Pooley (Great Britain) celebrates her victory on the podium.

Emma Pooley (Great Britain) celebrates her victory on the podium.
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Judith Arndt (Germany) wished the weather was a little warmer for today's race.

Judith Arndt (Germany) wished the weather was a little warmer for today's race.
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Judith Arndt (Germany) claimed her fifth worlds time trial medal, yet she still hasn't managed to grab gold.

Judith Arndt (Germany) claimed her fifth worlds time trial medal, yet she still hasn't managed to grab gold.
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Naomi Cantele (Italy) was way down the order from where she hoped to be.

Naomi Cantele (Italy) was way down the order from where she hoped to be.
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The story of Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France) just keeps on going, with the 51-year-old finishing in fifth place.

The story of Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France) just keeps on going, with the 51-year-old finishing in fifth place.
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Emma Pooley (Great Britain) got a little teary on the podium as she became the first British woman to win a time trial title.

Emma Pooley (Great Britain) got a little teary on the podium as she became the first British woman to win a time trial title.
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Emma Johansson (Sweden) was 11th.

Emma Johansson (Sweden) was 11th.
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Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) became the first rider to claim medals for two different nations.

Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) became the first rider to claim medals for two different nations.
(Image credit: Luca Bettini)

Great Britain's Emma Pooley has finally won her first road title, with a decisive victory in the women's time trial on Wednesday in Geelong, Australia. Judit Arndt (Germany) made a late surge to overtake Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) for the silver medal. Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France), who turns 52 next month, continues to defy ageing, finishing fifth after briefly occupying the lead.

Pooley was the strongest rider from start to finish. She was over eight seconds ahead of Arndt at the first and second splits, and increased her margin in the final eight kilometres to 15 seconds. This, despite having to change her position at the last minute when her bike didn't pass inspection.

"I had to move the saddle back a bit and move the bars up a bit because it wasn't within the regulations. I get a small exception because I am very short but it still wasn't quite right. This was because I was using a different bike to the one I had been racing on all year. It hadn't been measured since September last year for a race, so it was a little bit stressful, but I had plenty of time, so it was okay. It was just a little bit different to the position I had been training on, which was a bit of a shame. But it was okay in the end.

"That's why you go out early to check your bike. When you are my size you always need to check. When you have a morphological exception rule you just leave enough time, so if you need to change something then that's the rules, so you do.

"I am not that short! I am within the normal range of the population. I just got the lower end of it. I just eat lots I suppose. And lots of  training. Everyone trains a lot, I just guess it was my day.

Arndt, after a slightly slower start behind Villumsen, managed to move up in the final kilometres to finish 0.63 of a second faster. The silver medal was her fifth medal in the time trial (one behind Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli).

"It is always nice to win a medal at the world championships, but I would be happy if it was a gold medal sometime. I am always second. I don't know why! I am pretty happy with my ride. I think I did a good ride technically. I cornered pretty well. But for me it would have been better if it was a few degrees warmer but that is something you can't change. I think I started strong. I always try to start a little faster because that is my weakness."

"I would prefer to win. I think Emma was really strong today and I am not really disappointed [with second]. But if you try again and again and again and you never win, then of course you are a little bit disappointed."

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Emma Pooley (Great Britain)0:32:48.44
2Judith Arndt (Germany)0:00:15.17
3Linda Melanie Villumsen (New Zealand)0:00:15.80
4Amber Neben (United States Of America)0:00:37.66
5Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (France)0:00:43.94
6Evelyn Stevens (United States Of America)0:01:00.08
7Tara Whitten (Canada)0:01:05.91
8Shara Gillow (Australia)0:01:13.18
9Emilia Fahlin (Sweden)0:01:22.20
10Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)0:01:25.55
11Emma Johansson (Sweden)0:01:33.88
12Noemi Cantele (Italy)0:01:41.15
13Patricia Schwager (Switzerland)0:01:50.79
14Charlotte Becker (Germany)0:01:53.95
15Anne Samplonius (Canada)0:01:54.81
16Melissa Holt (New Zealand)0:02:05.39
17Tatiana Antoshina (Russian Federation)0:02:16.26
18Vicki Whitelaw (Australia)0:02:19.31
19Alexis Rhodes (Australia)0:02:23.78
20Olga Zabelinskaya (Russian Federation)0:02:29.85
21Regina Bruins (Netherlands)0:02:59.75
22Grace Verbeke (Belgium)0:03:00.98
23Katazina Sosna (Lithuania)0:03:01.50
24Veronica Leal Balderas (Mexico)0:03:17.65
25Svitlana Galyuk (Ukraine)0:03:23.46
26Chanpeng Nontasin (Thailand)0:03:38.37
27Tatiana Panina (Belarus)0:04:02.25
28Valeria Teresita Muller (Argentina)0:04:07.49
29Lesya Kalitovska (Ukraine)0:04:23.65
30Doris Schweizer (Switzerland)0:04:27.95
31Monrudee Chapookham (Thailand)0:05:12.53
32Rosa Maria Bravo Soba (Spain)0:05:25.97
33Yelena Antonova (Kazakhstan)0:05:40.63
34Belen Lopez Morales (Spain)0:05:57.56
35Kimberley Yap (Malaysia)0:05:58.22
36Mariana Mohammad (Malaysia)0:06:45.81
37Kathryn Bertine SKN197505110:06:52.90
38Dinah Chan (Singapore)0:07:24.47

 

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