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Ellen van Dijk wins European Championships women's time trial

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Ellen van Dijk with her third European champion's jersey

Ellen van Dijk with her third European champion's jersey (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Ellen van Dijk won by two seconds

Ellen van Dijk won by two seconds (Image credit: Getty Images)
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(L-R) Anna van der Breggen, Ellen van Djik and Trixi Worrack

(L-R) Anna van der Breggen, Ellen van Djik and Trixi Worrack (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Ellen van Dijk took her third straight Euopean title

Ellen van Dijk took her third straight Euopean title (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Ellen van Dijk atop the podium

Ellen van Dijk atop the podium (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The Dutch were dominant in the time trial

The Dutch were dominant in the time trial (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Trixi Worrack happy to be on the podium

Trixi Worrack happy to be on the podium (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Anna van der Breggen took silver

Anna van der Breggen took silver (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Line Marie Gulliksen (Norway)

Line Marie Gulliksen (Norway) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lourdes Oyarbide (Spain)

Lourdes Oyarbide (Spain) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Audrey Cordon-Ragot (France)

Audrey Cordon-Ragot (France) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy)

Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Anna van der Breggen came close to victory

Anna van der Breggen came close to victory (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Ellen van Dijk completes her ride

Ellen van Dijk completes her ride (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Tatiana Jasekova (Slovakia)

Tatiana Jasekova (Slovakia) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Lija Laizane (Latvia)

Lija Laizane (Latvia) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Omer Shapira (Israel)

Omer Shapira (Israel) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Rikke Lonne (Denmark)

Rikke Lonne (Denmark) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Trxixi Worrack on her way to bronze

Trxixi Worrack on her way to bronze (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Olena Pavlukhina (Azerbaijan)

Olena Pavlukhina (Azerbaijan) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Jarmila Machacva (Czech Republic)

Jarmila Machacva (Czech Republic) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Rotem Gafinovitz (Israel)

Rotem Gafinovitz (Israel) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Nicole Hanselmann (Switzerland)

Nicole Hanselmann (Switzerland) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Kelly Murphy (Ireland)

Kelly Murphy (Ireland) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Ana Maria Covrig (Romania)

Ana Maria Covrig (Romania) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Ellen van Dijk sprints to the line

Ellen van Dijk sprints to the line (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Ellen van Dijk rides to victory in the European time trial championships

Ellen van Dijk rides to victory in the European time trial championships (Image credit: Getty Images)

Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) edged out compatriot Anna van der Breggen to take a narrow win in the UEC Road Championships Women's time trial. The margin of victory was just two seconds at the line with early leader Trixi Worrack (Germany) settling for third and a bronze medal. Over the 30km course Van Dijk clocked a time of 41:39 with Van der Breggen coming home in 41:41. No other rider finished within a minute of the gold medal ride.

Van Dijk made light work of the rolling 30km course around Glasgow, setting off last and cutting through the field. Van der Breggen also looked strong early on and caught several riders on her way to the silver medal. It was clear from the early stages and the two Dutch women were in a race of their own as they smashed through the early time check. Only Audrey Cordon Ragot (France) came within touching distance at the first time check, but by the 16.15km check point the Dutch dominance was completely set in motion.

"I’m happy. So far, I won the nationals and then this one. The next goal is the World Championships. It’s all going well but it’s super close and the challenges are high."

Worrack was among the early starters and rolled down the ramp in rainy conditions, but the German rider paced her effort superbly. She may have lost time consistently to the leading Dutch pair throughout the course but she moved from sixth at the first time check to third by the 16.15km mark.

Meanwhile, Van der Breggen was beginning to mount a comeback. The rain had eased for a spell but in the final kilometres it fell once more. At the third check at 24.23km Van der Breggen had cut Van Dijk's lead from 17 seconds to just one and as the defending champion rounded the final wet corner the race was wide open.

Van Dijk had to come around a fading Brennauer inside the final 300m and briefly used the German's slipstream as she approached the line, before coming through to take her third title.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands)0:41:39
2Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands)0:00:02
3Trixi Worrack (Germany)0:01:09
4Audrey Cordon-Ragot (France)0:01:56
5Pernille Mathiesen (Denmark)0:02:09
6Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy)0:02:12
7Eugenia Bujak (Slovenia)0:02:21
8Hayley Simmonds (Great Britain)0:02:28
9Ann-Sophy Duyck (Belgium)0:02:29
10Lotta Lepisto (Finland)0:02:39
11Martina Ritter (Austria)0:02:44
12Juliette Labous (France)0:02:59
13Rikke Lonne (Denmark)0:03:00
14Lisa Brennauer (Germany)0:03:01
15Nicole Hanselmann (Switzerland)0:03:29
16Anna Plichta (Poland)0:03:35
17Kelly Murphy (Ireland)
18Eileen Burns (Ireland)0:03:38
19Valeviya Kononenko (Ukraine)0:03:39
20Marta Cavalli (Italy)0:03:43
21Olga Shekel (Ita)0:03:59
22Katarzyna Pawlowska (Poland)0:04:25
23Omer Shapira (Israel)0:04:32
24Lourdes Oyarbide (Spain)0:04:34
25Anastasiia Pliaskina (Russia)0:04:37
26Ana Maria Covrig (Romania)0:05:07
27Magarita Syradoeva (Russia)0:05:12
28Daiva Ragazinskiene (Lithuania)0:05:15
29Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic)0:05:35
30Rotem Gafinovitz (Israel)0:05:39
31Lija Laizane (Latvia)0:06:20
32Tatiana Jasekova (Slovakia)0:07:20
33Line Marie Gulliksen (Norway)0:09:32
DNFOlena Pavlukhina (Azerbaijan)

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