Road World Championships | Recap of the Elite Women & U23 Men Individual TT events

The wet weather couldn’t dampen the spirits on the third day of the 2019 UCI Road World Championships which saw Mikkel Bjerg and Chloé Dygert emerge triumphant in the Under-23 Men’s and Elite Women’s Individual Time Trials.

The rain lashed down in the morning as the men took on the 30.3km route from Ripon to Harrogate, and the damp conditions caused a number of thrills and spills before Bjerg began his ultimately triumphant ride. The Dane was the final rider down the start ramp and produced a time-trialing masterclass as he navigated his way successfully through the tricky parcours.

The 20 year old was fastest at the 14.2km split and consolidated his advantage to claim victory by a 26.45sec cushion over USA’s Ian Garrison. It was Bjerg’s third successive triumph in the Men’s Under-23 Individual Time Trial event and he seemingly has the world at his feet as he prepares to turn professional in 2020. 

In the gap between the men’s and women’s races, the organisational partners worked tirelessly to remove as much water from the course as possible, and as they did so the decision was taken by the UCI to delay the afternoon’s action by 40 minutes, and also see the riders setting off at 60-second intervals instead of the original 90.

Legendary Dutch duo Anna van der Breggen and Annemiek van Vleuten had gone into the Elite Women’s race as pre-race favourites, but it was USA’s Chloé Dygert who pushed them into second and third places respectively.

Dygert blazed an amazing trail in her first-ever appearance on European soil, and the 22 year old’s time of 42min 11.57sec proved a whole 1min 32.35sec faster than van der Breggen’s, and a further 20.31sec ahead of van Vleuten.

Like Bjerg, that success yielded Dygert her third rainbow jersey on the road, having done the Junior Individual Time Trial and Road Race double at her home Championships in Richmond back in 2015.

RACE GALLERY

Riders participate at the individual time trial events at the 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire, England on the 24th of September 2019.
When Chloe Dygert got onto the course, her pace and rhythm was on another level which was confirmed by her split times. Clocking close on 80km/h on one of the downhill sections she was catching and passing rider after rider for the duration of her race.
Riders participate at the individual time trial events at the 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire, England on the 24th of September 2019.
Starting behind Chloe Dygert, the eventual silver medalist Anna Van Der Breggen of the Netherlands had the benefit of knowing what splits she needed to do in order to stay in touch with the American.
Riders participate at the individual time trial events at the 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire, England on the 24th of September 2019.
Juliette Labous in perfect form as she pushed on for a final position of 15th.
Riders participate at the individual time trial events at the 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire, England on the 24th of September 2019.
“As the youngest rider in the field, I came here to give it my best shot and learn as much as possible – I think this TT thing is really growing on me. Thank you Carl Pasio for loaning me this fast bike and all the helpful advice and thanks to Megan and Ian for their all their help behind the scenes. Top 40 in the World at Elite level is a result I’m stoked with; valuable experience gained.” – Tiffany Keep
Riders participate at the individual time trial events at the 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire, England on the 24th of September 2019.
“That moment when you’ve totally run out of reasons to justify another bad luck day on the bike! After great preparation, plenty of recons and a week of producing some of my best numbers this year in training … problem after problem during my TT today at Worlds totally killed my legs, broke my rhythm and messed with my head. When I finally did a bike change halfway through the course, it was game over for me. I’m certainly learning to roll with the punches this year … thanks for all the support out there today. Onwards to the road race on Saturday!” – Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio. IMAGE: @olivergrenaa
Riders participate at the individual time trial events at the 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire, England on the 24th of September 2019.
Dygert put in a phenomenal performance to outpower the best in the game.
Riders participate at the individual time trial events at the 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire, England on the 24th of September 2019.
“It’s always special to wear the rainbow stripes and I worked really hard for this. I had a concussion which forced me to miss last year’s Championships so I prepared specifically for this one and to win is really special. “Being here in Yorkshire is really cool and it’s a really neat place to be. I’ll enjoy this moment tonight but I’ll be competing in the road race on Saturday so it’ll be back to work tomorrow.” – Chloe Dygert
Riders participate at the individual time trial events at the 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire, England on the 24th of September 2019.
Anna van der Breggen of The Netherlands, Chloe Dygert of the United States of America and Annemiek van Vleuten of The Netherlands on the podium after the Women’s Elite Individual Time Trial.


Riders participate at the individual time trial events at the 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire, England on the 24th of September 2019.
Byron Munton from Cape Town was 16th at the first split but clawed his way back to a very respectable 8th place finish for South Africa.
Riders participate at the individual time trial events at the 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire, England on the 24th of September 2019.
Picture perfect form by Ethan Vernon who placed 21st on the day.
Riders participate at the individual time trial events at the 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire, England on the 24th of September 2019.
Morten Hulgaard of Denmark exits the start ramp.
Riders participate at the individual time trial events at the 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire, England on the 24th of September 2019.
“Today was really, really crazy and they were very difficult conditions out there. I was told to hold my handlebars tight, keep looking ahead of me, and go full gas through the water. I didn’t have any slips or slides so I am over the moon to have pulled off this third victory.” – Mikkel Bjerg
Riders participate at the individual time trial events at the 2019 UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Yorkshire, England on the 24th of September 2019.
Ian Garrison of the United States of America, Mikkel Bjerg of Denmark and Brandon McNulty of the United States of America on the podium after the Men’s Under 23 Individual Time Trial.


FINAL RESULTS: U23 Men Individual Time Trial

  1. Mikkel BJERG (DEN) 40:20.42
  2. Ian GARRISON (USA) +26.45
  3. Brandon McNULTY (USA) +27.69
  • 8th Byron MUNTON (RSA) +1:26.59
  • 51st Jason OOSTHUIZEN (RSA) +4:43.51

FINAL RESULTS: Elite Women Individual Time Trial

  1. Chloe DYGERT (USA) 42:11.57
  2. Anna van der BREGGEN (NED) +1:32.35
  3. Annemiek van VLEUTEN (NED) +1:52.66
  • 32nd Ashleigh MOOLMAN-PASIO (RSA) +6:15.65
  • 40th Tiffany KEEP (RSA) +7:18.91

| IMAGES: SWPix.com, @olivergrenaa, GSport|


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