Canadian cyclist Tara Whitten of Edmonton, Alta, posted the top Canadian result with a seventh place in the Women’s Time Trial race, on Wednesday, at the 2010 UCI Road World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.
Whitten, who improved by one spot her Time Trial result from last year, placed seventh stopping the clock at 33 minutes 54.35 seconds, 1 minute 05.91 seconds behind the winner and new World Champion, Emma Pooley from Great Britain.
Whitten posted the second fastest opening split time, but couldn’t keep up with the pace on the challenging course.
“I think it was a solid race for me. I used a little bit too much on the climbs and paid for it a little bit on the second half, but I was able to hold it together pretty well for a solid ride, said Whitten in Australia. “Last year it was a bit more unexpected. This year I came in knowing that I could be a contender so it was a little bit of a different feeling. It was a solid race today but it just wasn’t that extra special. It would be nice to have an amazing day everyday, but to put in a solid ride and be in the top ten is still a good performance for me.”
Anne Samplonius of Montréal, Qué., placed 15th with a time of 34 minutes 43.25 seconds.
World Champion Emma Pooley won the race in a decisive way posting the best time of 32 minutes 48.44 seconds, a 15-second lead over Germany’s Judith Arndt, the silver medalist. Linda Melanie Villumsen of New Zealand took the bronze medal, less than one second behind Arndt.
A total of 37 cyclists took the start of the Elite Women’s race.
In the Men’s U23 race, David Boily of Québec, Qué., posted the top Canadian result finishing in 25th position. Teammate Hugo Houle of Sainte-Perpétue, Qué., finished 32nd.
“I had good legs today and very good preparation in the last few weeks. It was a very good first experience [at the World Championships] and I am looking forward to the next few years,” said David Boily after the race.
American cyclist Taylor Phinney, who also won a World Championship title in the 4km Individual pursuit in track cycling this season, took the ultimate honors, narrowly winning by less than 2 seconds over rival Luke Durbridge, who was racing on his Australian home soil. Germany’s Marcel Kittel took the bronze medal 24 seconds behind Phinney’s time.
The 2010 UCI Road World Championships in Australia continues with the presentation of the Men’s Elite Time Trial race. Svein Tuft of Langley, BC is the lone Canadian competitor taking part in the race.