Spain's Somarriba Arrola Speeds to Time Trial Gold.

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10/9/2003| 0 comments
by David Cohen
Here comes the sun. Somarriba Arrola on her way to victory in Hamilton. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Here comes the sun. Somarriba Arrola on her way to victory in Hamilton. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Spain's Somarriba Arrola Speeds to Time Trial Gold.

Last year's world champion takes 3rd.

Joane Arrola Somarriba, a 31-year-old Spanish road cyclist from <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 /?>
Spain
?s northern Basque country, is known as a climber.  Wednesday, in the Elite Women?s Time Trial at the Hamilton 2003 Road World championships, Somarriba proved she could do it all.

?I worked hard at all aspects of riding, not just climbing, in my training,? she said at a news conference after taking the gold medal and the rainbow jersey.  ?I wanted to go all out, give 100 per cent. In the last part of the course I suffered, but I?m glad I persevered because this is the best day of my life.? <?xml:namespace prefix = o /?>

 

Somarriba?s time was 28:23.2 over one lap of the 20.8 km long time trial course, for an average speed of 43.969 km per hour.  This was nearly 11 seconds better than
Germany
?s Judith Arndt and over 26 seconds faster than Zoulfia Zabirova of
Russia
, who won the event at last year?s Worlds.

 

In the Men?s Junior Time trial over the same course,
Russia
?s Mikhail Ignatiev took gold in a time of 27:01.88, for an average speed of 46.193 km per hour.  Dmytro Grabovsky of the
Ukraine
was just over 21 seconds behind and
Sweden
?s Victor Renang was third with a time just over a second slower.

 

Zabirova, winner of the event in
Zolder, Belgium last year, said that the long course?s climbs were less to her liking than Zolder?s flat run.  ?I?m just not a climber,? she said.

Arndt?s second-place finish continued
Germany
?s strong showing in this year?s Worlds. Yesterday, German riders took gold in the first two races ? the Junior Women and Under 23 Men Time Trials.

 

In an interesting comment on the course that may have implications for the road races, Ignatiev said he expected to find the second climb, up the Claremont Access, more difficult than the first, which rises from

Queen Street

to

Beckett Drive

?I found the first hill [

Queen Street

] more difficult.?    The Claremont Access is a longer climb than

Queen Street

but it is a more gradual ascent.  ?

Queen Street

goes up more abruptly.?

 

Race conditions were one again ideal Wednesday as the temperature rose to the mid-20?s C.  The sky was cloudless.  Racers who had been donning leggings at the beginning of the week discarded them for their usual shorts.

 

Tomorrow, the Elite Men will take to the road for their time trial over two laps of the long time trial course (41.6 km).  David Millar of
Great Britain
is the most talked-about favourite.  But Australian Michael
Rogers
can time trial with the best, and
Spain
?s Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano Aranzabal must be considered a threat.  Uwe Peschel of
Germany
suffered a mechanical breakdown in last year?s Worlds time trial.  He may be an important factor in this race considering his showing in the two long time trials at the Tour de France.

 


 



 



 

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