New Zealander Linda Villumsen gives a masterclass in pacing to secure the 2015 time trial title in Richmond
- Photos by Graham Watson

Linda Villumsen gave New Zealand its first medal of the 2015 UCI Road World Championships on Tuesday, claiming the elite women’s individual time trial title in Richmond, USA.

Villumsen put in a masterful performance over two laps of the testing 15-kilometre circuit around the Virginia city to stop the clock at 40 minutes and 29.87 seconds and earn the right to pull on the rainbow jersey after numerous podium appearances in previous years.

Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen claimed silver just 2.54 seconds behind Villumsen, with defending champion Lisa Brennauer (Germany) adding another medal to her collection with bronze.

Anna Van Der Breggen in action during the 2015 Elite Womens TT World Championships

Anna van der Breggen

Lisa Brennauer in action during the 2015 Elite Womens TT World Championships

Lisa Brennauer

Second rider to start, Kristin Armstrong (USA) spent almost the entire event in the hot seat of virtual race leader after setting a blistering early mark. Despite ending up off the podium, the Olympic and former world time trial champion made a remarkable comeback at the Worlds at the age of 42 and finished in fifth spot.

British champion Hayley Simmonds marked her Worlds debut with a solid ride to place 26th out of the 44 riders, 2-54 adrift of Villumsen.

>>> How Hayley Simmonds became Britain’s top time triallist

Hayley Simmonds in action during the 2015 Elite Womens TT World Championships

Hayley Simmonds in action during the 2015 Elite Women’s TT World Championships

Before the elite women set off, the junior men had their turn to test themselves around Richmond.

Leo Appelt of Germany claimed the gold medal and rainbow jersey ahead of American pair Adrien Costa and Brandon McNulty, who were the only two riders to get within a minute of Appelt. Great Britain did not field any riders in the junior men’s category.

Leo Appelt of Germany in action during the Junior Mens Time Trial at the 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships

Leo Appelt of Germany on his way to winning the junior men’s time trial at the 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships

The 2015 UCI Road World Championships continue tomorrow (Wednesday) with the elite men’s individual time trial. Find out more with our elite men’s time trial preview.

Results

Elite women individual time trial, 29.9km
1. Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) in 40-29.87
2. Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) at 2.54 secs
3. Lisa Brennauer (Germany) at 5.26 secs
4. Katrin Garfoot (Australia) at 9.32 secs
5. Kristin Armstrong (USA) at 20.58 secs
6. Evelyn Stevens (USA) at 26.58 secs
7. Ellen Van Dijk (Netherlands) at 53.98 secs
8. Alena Amialiusik (Belarus) at 1-06.03
9. Ann-Sofie Duyck (Belgium) at 1-19.20
10. Trixi Worrack (Germany) at 1-19.41
Other
26. Hayley Simmonds (Great Britain) at 2-54.41

Anna Van Der Breggen (Netherlands), Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) and Lisa Brennauer (Germany) on the podium following the Elite Womens Time Trial at the 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships

Anna Van Der Breggen (Netherlands), Linda Villumsen (New Zealand) and Lisa Brennauer (Germany) on the podium following the elite women’s time trial at the 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships

Adrien Costa, Leo Appelt and Brandon McNulty on the podium for the Junior Mens Time Trial at the 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships

Adrien Costa, Leo Appelt and Brandon McNulty on the podium for the junior men’s time trial at the 2015 UCI Road World Cycling Championships (Watson)

Junior men individual time trial, 29.9km
1. Leo Appelt (Germany) in 37-45
2. Adrien Costa (USA) at 17 secs
3. Brandon McNulty (USA) at 59 secs
4. Keagan Girdlestone (RSA) at 1-07
5. Gino Mader (Switzerland) at 1-11
6. Jasper Philipsen (Belgium) at 1-34
7. Niklas LArsen (Denmark) at 1-34
8. Tobias Foss (Norway) at 1-35
9. Ilya Gorbushin (Kazakhstan) at 1-52
10. Alexys Brunel (France) at 1-52

  • J1

    It was a monster ride by Villumsen!

    I didn’t see Simmonds in the top 20, never mind the people saying she could get top 10. She’s a fantastic tester domestically, but this is the Worlds, totally different – much stronger competition. The course didn’t suit her either.

  • Edvid

    Despite her consistency on the WCh podium, I have to admit that ride by Villumsen took me by surprise – champion at last. 😀 Tight margins between the top four as well!

    No medal for Armstrong today (she did hold on to the hot seat for a long time, though), but a successful defense in Rio isn’t out of the question. She’s still the top American, in any case.

    I feel for Simmonds…26th place isn’t what she came for, even as a WCh debutant. 13th place (which was enough for a Rio berth) would have been a great achievement; hopefully today’s experience will serve her well in future.