The investment banker-turned-cyclist clocked a 33.00.23 to finish 33.77 off the winning pace of German powerhouse Judith Arndt, who posted a 32:26.46 to pick up her fourth rainbow jersey. The silver medal is the first U.S. medal in elite women’s road cycling since Kristin Armstrong won time trial gold in 2009.
New Zealand rider Linda Melanie Villumsen was seven seconds slower than Stevens over the 24.1 kilometers, claiming the bronze medal and the final step on the podium.
Finishing one minute and 43 seconds off pace, 2008 time trial world champion Amber Neben (Lake Forest, Calif./Specialized-lululemon) placed seventh for the red, white and blue. She was followed by compatriot Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) who had the 16th-fastest time.
In addition to the elite women’s time trial, the past few days at Road Worlds have also seen the team time trials, junior men’s and women’s time trials, and U23 men’s time trial. Here’s a breakdown of how the U.S. fared in each of these events:
TEAM TIME TRIALS
New to the world championship program this year were the elite men’s and women’s team time trials in which riders competed as members of their professional teams. Several Americans contributed to medal-winning efforts in these competitions which served as the Road Worlds opener on Sunday.
In the elite women’s team time trial, Evelyn Stevens and Amber Neben dominated the course with their Team Specialized-Lululemon team to grab the gold medal. Their teammates included Ina Teutenberg (GER), Eleonora Van Dijk (NED), Trixi Worrack (GER), and Charlotte Becker (GER). The six-woman squad posted a winning time of 46:31.60 over the 34.2-kilometer course.
Taylor Phinney (Boulder, Colo.) and Tejay Van Garderen (Boulder, Colo.) were also on the podium after the team time trials on Sunday, as part of the BMC Racing Team. The American pair joined forces with teammates Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Marco Pinottie (ITA), and Manuel Quinziato (ITA) to win the silver medal after finishing just 3.23 behind the winning pace set by team Tomega Pharma-Quickstep.
Monday featured the junior men’s and U23 men’s time trials.
In the 26.6-kilometer junior event, T.J. Eisenhart (Lehi, Utah/Velosport Racing) posted the top result for the U.S. in tenth place. He finished 26.29 behind new world champ Oskar Svendsen (NOR) who clocked a time of 35:34.75. Right behind Eisenhart in the time test was Gregory Daniel (Englewood, Colo./Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development) in 11th.
Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Bontrager Livestrong Team) had the fastest time for the red, white and blue in the U23 competition. Finishing 2:41.60 off the winning pace of 44:09.02 which was set by Anton Vorobyev, the American placed 20th in the 36-kilometer event. Larry Warbasse (Traverse City, Mich./BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Cycling Team) was 27th.
Right before the elite women took their turns on the course today, the junior women competed in their time tests. Winning the world title was British rider Elinor Barker with a time of 22:26.29 over the 15.6 kilometers. For the U.S. contingent, Addyson Albershardt (Matthew, N.C./NOW and Novartis for MS) and Grace Alexander (Boise Idaho/BYRDS) placed 18th and 21st respectively, finishing 1:29.23 and 1:36.64 off of Barker’s winning pace.
Action continues tomorrow in the Netherlands with the elite men’s time trial. Then, riders will have a rest day on Thursday before wrapping up competition with the road races Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
2012 UCI Road World Championships
September 15-23, 2012
Elite Women’s Team Time Trial
1. Team Specialized-Lululemon 46:31.60
3. Aa Drink-Leontien NI Cycling Team
Elite Men’s Team Time Trial
1. Omega Pharma-Quickstep
2. BMC Racing
3. Orica GreenEdge
Junior Men Time Trial
1. Oskar Svendsen (NOR) 35:34.75
2. Matej Mahoric (SLO) 07.04
3. Maximilian Schachmann (GER) 11.83
10. T.J. Eisenhart (Lehi, Utah/Velosport Racing) 26.29
11. Gregory Daniel (Englewood, Colo./Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development) 26.71
U23 Men Time Trial
1. Anton Vorobyev (RUS) 44:09.02
2. Rohan Dennis (AUS) 44.39
3. Damien Howson (AUS) 51.12
20. Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Bontrager Livestrong Team) 2:41.94
27. Lawrence Warbasse (Traverse City, Mich./BMC-Hincapie Sportswear Cycling Team)3:08.34
Junior Women Time Trial
1. Elinor Barker (GBR) 22:26.29
2. Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN) :35.87
3. Demi De Jong (NED) 1:03.13
18. Addyson Albershardt (Matthew, N.C./NOW and Novartis for MS) 1:29.23
21. Grace Alexander (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS)1:36.64
Elite Women Time Trial
1. Judith Arndt (GER) 32:26.46
2. Evelyn Stevens (Dennis, Mass./Specialized-lululemon) 33.77
3. Linda Melanie Villumsen (NZL) 40.57
7. Amber Neben (Lake Forest, Calif./Specialized-lululemon) 1:43.42
16. Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) 2:29.07