After winning gold in the individual pursuit during the track competitions, the American Chloé Dygert added her second world title this Thursday, by winning the women’s time trial on the road of the Cycling World Championships that was held in Stirling, in the outskirts of Glasgow.
Dygert, 26, recaptured a crown that he held in 2019 after covering the 36.2 kilometers of the track in 46 minutes and 59 seconds and an average speed of 46.2 km/h, with which he beat Australian Grace Brown by only six seconds and the Austrian Christina Schweinberger by 1:13, silver and bronze, respectively.
“I have no words. It’s been three long years. To be able to have this jersey on is absolutely amazing. It was definitely 10 miles too long. After a certain point, I couldn’t catch my breath and the fatigue set in. I did everything I could to get to the goal. I’m very lucky that it was enough,” Dygert told the media after the competition.
“This title is really very special. If the illness had been yesterday, I would not have been able to start. I have been praying these days for it to pass, said the winner, who once again broke the hegemony of the Netherlands in this test, since since her triumph in 2019 the world title of the women’s road went to a Dutch rider.
“I think this is a very special title for everyone behind me. At the start of this year, it wasn’t clear if I was going to compete this season. To be able to be here and win, it’s a great achievement for everyone.”
The heavy favorite before the race, Marlen Reusser (Switzerland), twice second in the world time trial, was forced to retire from the race just after the first checkpoint.
Dygert had last won the elite women’s time trial world title in Yorkshire in 2019, but then she crashed while trying to defend that title at Imola in 2020, where she sustained a deep laceration to her left leg, requiring surgery.
She also took a 14-month break from road racing due to various other health issues that required further recovery, including the Epstein-Barr virus and heart surgery to treat a longstanding tachycardia problem last year. .
However, in Glasgow she has ratified her full recovery and versatility, as she secured the gold in the Individual Pursuit, and added her eighth rainbow elite track jersey to her extensive list of honors.
Source: Agencias de Noticias