Ellen van Dijk world champion in the time trial on the wire

After missing the first step of the podium a month ago in Munich during the European Championships, Ellen van Dijk did not fail this Sunday in Wollongong at the opening of the World Championships. However, he narrowly missed it in the final when his lead in the intermediate tempos dangerously crumbled to be reduced to 12 seconds over Grace Brown who upset the hierarchy by climbing the podium for the first time in a world championship. after having stumbled at the foot during the Tokyo Games last year (4th). The big loser of the day remains Marlen Reusser who could not confirm her European title where she had beaten Ellen van Dijk for the first time.

“I didn’t think I could win again”

With this third world title after those of 2013 and 2021, the 35-year-old Dutchwoman has retained her hold on this discipline for 15 years with 39 victories acquired against the clock, well over half of her record (67 successes). even if she declares herself surprised by this new gold medal. “Last night I was thinking of putting away my rainbow jersey for the last time in my suitcase, She confessed after the arrival. I didn’t think I could win again, I found that the course didn’t suit me, it required a lot of change of pace, which I don’t particularly like. I also lacked benchmarks compared to the other girls because I had cut a little lately because of back pain. »

Ellen van Dijk, the reference of her sport

Holder of the hour record since last May when she had set the bar very high by covering 49,254 kilometers, in the times of Eddy Merckx’s record in 1972 (49,431 km), Ellen van Dijk has become the reference, the one that will mark the history of his sport. She is only one victory away from Jeannie Longo, four-time world time trial champion. After her hour record, she had clearly explained that she had wanted to embark on this attempt in the but also to give ideas to new generations. “I want to inspire other women to attempt this record in future years”she had designated as if at the approach of the end of her career she felt invested with a particular mission.

Among the French, Juliette Labous (11th) could not renew her good performance from last year in Bruges (6th) by finishing at the gates of the top 10 while Marie Le Net hung on 20th place.

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