IMOLA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TIME-TRIAL RESULTS: DYGERT CRASHES, DUTCH STRIKE GOLD

Defending champion Chloe Dygert of the United States crashed out while leading the women’s individual time-trial at the Road World Championships in Imola on Thursday allowing Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen claim her first gold in the event.

Favorite Dygert had been leading the field with the best split time halfway through the 31.7km race only to lose her balance, turning off the road, crashing over a security barrier and into a ditch.

“Dygert was on track to win her second ITT World Championship, but has abandoned the race after her crash over the guard rail. All we know is that she is conscious and talking,” USA Cycling said.

“We are in contact with our coaches and Chloe’s team on the ground in Italy. We will post a report on her condition as soon as we have absolute clear confirmation as to her condition.”

Road World Championships Imola 2020 – Women Elite Time Trial – Imola – Chloe Dygert (USA) 

The accident renewed suspense in the race the 23-year-old had been dominating with a 26 seconds lead on Swiss rider Marlen Reusser and 36sec advantage on van der Breggen.

European champion van der Breggen turned the situation around in the second half of the race-against-the-clock in Emilia-Romagna. The 30-year-old finished 15 seconds ahead of Reusser, to end her run of four consecutive silver medals since 2016, with fellow Dutchwomen Ellen van Dijk third at 31 seconds.

“I had no idea where I was,” said van der Breggen. “I told Danny Stam (sporting director) not to give me the half-way split.

“I just wanted to go as fast as possible to the finish. It was only when I crossed the line that I knew I had won.”

Road World Championships Imola 2020 – Women Elite Time Trial – Imola – Anna Van Der Breggen (Netherlands)

Olympic road race champion Van der Breggen won time-trial silver at the Rio Olympics in 2016, and world road race gold in 2018, but had settled for four successive runner-up spots in the time-trial at worlds.

It was the second victory in a week for the Dutchwoman after the women’s Giro d’Italia last Saturday under the jersey of her new team Boels-Dolmans.

Road World Championships Imola 2020 – Women Elite Time Trial – Imola – Anna Van Der Breggen (Netherlands) – Marlen Reusser (Switzerland) – Ellen Van Dijk (Netherlands) 

RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini

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