On the second day of competition of the UCI Road World Championships in Flanders, a number of women will race against the clock in the hopes of wearing the rainbow bands for a year. The Elite Women’s Truth Run takes place on Monday, September 20.
Unlike the other major time trial that took place in 2021, the TT at the Olympic Games, the course in Belgium does not have any of the same ripples and technical characteristics. Unlike racing around Mount Fuji International Speedway, however, the World Championships could be severely affected by weather conditions.
The favorites of the race remain the same as those who raced for a gold medal just a few months ago, but without the reigning world time trial champion Anna van der breggen who chose not to take the start of this last race for the time.
Here’s what you need to know about the elite women’s time trial at the Mondial de Flandre.
The 30.3 km course is as flat as possible, with only 54 meters of elevation gain. It’s ideal for riders who have trained to stay in their aero position for long periods of time – if they can thrive in the wind, of course. For the moment, the forecast calls for rain with winds of 20 km / h from the northeast.
With a tail / crosswind from Knokke-Heist to Bruges, this is perhaps the fastest 30km in the lives of these women.
While much of the peloton want the season to end, there are two women who have shown brilliant form in the months following (and during) the Olympics. Olympic gold medalist TT Annemiek van Vleuten (Netherlands) and Marlen Reusser (Switzerland) have both shown until the second half of the swing season.
After winning gold in Toyko, Van Vleuten won the uphill time trial stage and the overall standings of the Ladies Tour of Norway, as well as the overall standings of the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta. She might not have looked like herself in the first few races, but since she threw her arms in the air in the Olympic road race thinking she had won, Van Vleuten has proven that she is still the best in the sport.
She also skipped the time trial at the World Championships in 2020, having won the rainbow jersey in 2018 and finished third in 2019 behind Van der Breggen and Chloe Dygert.
Compared to her biggest challenger Van Vleuten, Reusser is practically new to cycling, but in a short time she has built a solid reputation for herself. In 2020 and 2021 alone, she finished second in the world time trial, won the Simac Ladies Tour time trial, won the first stage of the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta with a solo movement and has just won the time trial at the European Championships. Championships.
If anyone can dethrone Van Vleuten, it is Reusser.
Below Reusser and Van Vleuten there is a second tier of solid contenders well on hand for a podium place.
Ellen van Dijk (Netherlands) is perhaps the strongest of these contenders. She finished second behind Reusser in the European Championship time trial, then won the road race with a long-distance solo attack. She is perhaps the most familiar with the terrain of the World Time Trial.
Alongside Van Dijk, we have Lisa Brennauer (Germany), who finished third in the European Championship time trial. Brennauer enjoyed a strong spring campaign before heading into the Olympics for the track where she won a gold in the team pursuit. Brennauer’s team-mate and German compatriot Lisa Klein might as well do on Monday.
Emma Norsgaard will be there and around the first five; the Danish runner was a star in 2021. Olympic road gold medalist Anna kiesenhofer (Austria) will also compete. Although she finished seventh at the European Championship, it will always be interesting to see how she fares against the best time trials in the world since she was unable to participate in the time trial in Tokyo. .
How to watch
The race can be watched live in most European countries on GCN + or Eurosport. For Canadian viewers, Flobikes is where you can find the action, for those in the US it will be on NBC Sports. Australians will want to tune into SBS.