Judith Arndt wins individual time trial world championship
In the penultimate race of her 18-year career, Judith Arndt successfully defended the rainbow jersey to earn back-to-back individual time trial world titles.
The German rider covered the 24.1 kilometer course in 32:26, setting a blistering pace of 45 kilometers per hour to win by a commanding 34 seconds.
Evelyn Stevens (USA) was second, 33.77 seconds behind Arndt. New Zealand's Linda Melanie Villumsen finished third, 40.57 seconds behind Arndt.
The women's individual time trial route went from the cobbled streets of Eijsden through the hills of the Limburg province, ending in a brutal climb up the Cauberg hill in Valkenburg.
"I am very proud of today's race," Arndt commented after being celebrated on the podium.
"I tried to do a perfect race, and it pretty much worked out as planned. I wanted to start fast as that has been a weakness of mine in the past. Today's race was quite short and had a tailwind, so a fast start was critical."
"I also went full on in the section before the descent into Valkenburg," Ardnt added. "With the Cauberg only two kilometers from the finish, we neded to go flat out after the climb, too. Mentally, you have to deal with that to win on a course like today's."
It is the third gold medal at Road World Championships for Arndt who won time trial gold last year and the road title in 2004. She ends her career on Saturday with the road race in Valkenburg.
"I am very grateful to everyone who has supported me this year," Arndt continued. "And I'm grateful for the support I've received throughout my whole career."
Arndt and Villumsen took silver together in the women's team time trial with the Orica-AIS team on Sunday. Stevens won gold in the team time trial.