Worrack defends her ITT crown in Germany
Trixi Worrack has stormed home to win a tightly contested individual time trial today at the German national championships. Worrack defended her title, winning by two seconds over teammate Lisa Brennauer, and twelve seconds from Stephanie Pohl (CBT).
Worrack averaged 45.6km/hr for the out and back 31.2km course. “I did have a plan and I was able to stick to it for the race,” said Worrack happily.
“I knew that the course was a bit easier on the way out than the profile had shown. After riding the course you could feel that the way back was actually quite a lot harder, not climbing uphill, but definitely harder. So I paced the first half of the course on the way out at around 90%. I gave everything on the way back to the finish and this is where I made up the time,” said Worrack.
Worrack will wear her renewed national ITT stripes when she races the Giro Rosa starting Friday 30 June, but first tomorrow will line up with teammates Brennauer and defending champion Mieke Kröger for the German road race.
In Piemonte, Elena Cecchini has finished second in her Italian ITT championships. The 19km race was won by Elisa Longo Borghini (WHT) from Cecchini, with Silvia Valsecchi in third place. “I’m quite happy for the second place. It wasn’t technical course at all so it was a lot about pushing. It was also really warm today, around 40 degrees, and at the end I felt similar to how I felt after Doha world championships in the heat.”
“Last year I finished fourth by one second and it was my goal this year to finish on the podium. It puts me in a good place for future time trials and for one day to take the win in this title, and so I am happy with today’s result,” said Cecchini.
While the German championships move straight to the road race tomorrow, the Italian (Elena Cecchini, Barbara Guarischi) and British (Hannah Barnes) road championships are on Sunday 25 June. The USA ITT championships will be raced tomorrow in Knoxville, Tennessee with Alexis Ryan and Leah Thorvilson representing CANYON//SRAM Racing. Racing starts at 11:00 DST.