Van der Breggen wins time trial

Arab Times - - SPORTS -

IMOLA, Italy, Sept 24, (AP): Anna van der Breggen won the women’s time trial at the road cy­cling World Cham­pi­onships on Thurs­day af­ter de­fend­ing cham­pion Chloé Dygert crashed.

Van der Breggen was run­ner-up in the time trial at four of the pre­vi­ous five cham­pi­onships, and the Dutch­woman was in tears af­ter fin­ish­ing in Imola.

Marlen Reusser of Switzer­land was sec­ond, 15.58 sec­onds be­hind, and Ellen van Dijk third over the 32-kilo­me­ter (20-mile) route which started and ended on the city’s auto rac­ing cir­cuit.

“Get­ting sec­ond for many years, I would say that I re­ally can’t be­lieve it yet,” Van der Breggen said. “I had no idea, I just said to Danny Stam, my di­rec­tor in the car, ‘don’t give me any time splits. It doesn’t mat­ter, I just want to go as fast as pos­si­ble to the fin­ish line’. I only heard on the fin­ish line that I won.”

Dygert was one of the fa­vorites and had a lead of nearly half a minute at the in­ter­me­di­ate check­point but the Amer­i­can ap­peared to lose con­trol on a small de­scent and crashed into a road­side bar­rier, hurtling over it.

The 23-year-old was treated by med­i­cal staff at the side of the road be­fore be­ing trans­ferred into an am­bu­lance. USA Cy­cling tweeted Dygert was con­scious and talk­ing, but did not give de­tails on the ex­tent of her in­juries.

The Nether­lands’ Anna Van der Breggen cel­e­brates on the podium af­ter win­ning the women’s In­di­vid­ual Time Trial event at the road cy­cling World Cham­pi­onships in Imola, Italy on Sept 24. (AP)

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