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Germany’s Judith Arndt Defends Women’s Elite World Time Trial Title

By Chris Jasurek
Epoch Times Staff
Created: September 18, 2012 Last Updated: September 18, 2012
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Judith Arndt of Germany retained her world title in the Elite Women's Individual Time Trial on day three of the UCI Road World Championships in Valkenburg, Netherlands. (Franck Fife/AFP/GettyImages)

Judith Arndt of Germany retained her world title in the Elite Women's Individual Time Trial on day three of the UCI Road World Championships in Valkenburg, Netherlands. (Franck Fife/AFP/GettyImages)

2011 Time Trial gold medalist Judith Arndt defended her UCI world championship crown with a devastatingly fast ride over the 24.3-km course at Valkenberg, Netherlands Tuesday, beating her nearest opponent by more than thirty seconds.

The 36-year-old Arndt was probably motivated by her impending retirement; the individual time trial was the penultimate race of her career, which will end after the Women’s Elite Road Race on Saturday.

The powerful German was six seconds faster than the field through the first timecheck, ten seconds ahead at the second, and actually gained time up the tough final section which included climbing the Cauberg—1200 meters at 5.8 percent doesn’t sound like much, but after 22 km flat-out, it took a toll on many riders.

Arndt used a big gear and a slower cadence through the first sector; she didn’t look to be going particularly fast, but the clock told the truth; the defending champion was by far the fastest woman on the course.

America’s Evelyn Stevens took second. She was fourth after the first section, which included the Gronsvelderberg climb, 2100 meters at 3.5 percent. The U.S. rider picked up the pace through the middle section, and kept her pace up the final climb.

Last year’s silver medalist, Linda Melanie Villumsen, took the bronze, seven seconds behind Stevens. Villumsen finished fourth at the London 2012 Olympics, where Arndt won silver, beat by Kristin Armstrong of the USA. Armstrong didn’t compete at the Worlds.

Great Britain’s Emma Pooley finished fourth, just out of the medals, after winning a bronze in 2011. Pooley was second quickest through the first sector but fell to fourth in the middle stretch. Pooley has suggested she may take a year’s sabbatical or even retire after this year’s Worlds.

Germany ended up with three riders in the top ten: road race sprinter Ina Teutenberg finished sixth in what was probably a tune-up ride for Saturday for her, and Trixi Worrack finished eighth.

USA’s Amber Neben finished seventh, one place better than last year.

UCI World Championship Elite Women’s Time Trial

 

rider

nation

time

gap

1

Judith Arndt  

Ger

32:26.46

0

2

Evelyn Stevens  

USA

33:00.23

33.77

3

Linda Melanie Villumsen

NZl

33:07.03

40.57

4

Emma Pooley  

GBr

33:15.79

49.33

5

Eleonora Van Dijk  

Ned

33:20.47

54.01

6

Ina Teutenberg

Ger

34:00.20

1:33.74

7

Amber Neben  

USA

34:09.88

1:43.42

8

Trixi Worrack  

Ger

34:11.02

1:44.56

9

Martina Sablikova  

Cze

34:25.90

1:59.44

10

Shara Gillow  

Aus

34:26.21

1:59.75

 




   

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